OAM – A Proud Australian - 2008
Well wishes have been flooding in for Lindsay Butler since
Australia Day this year when he received his OAM citation.
It was an honour made even more special by the fact that he was
participating in the Tamworth Country Music Festival at the time.
Lindsay has not missed a festival, in the city he resides in, since
its inception 36 years ago.
As the LBS Music float made its way down Peel St, in front of
thousands of devoted country music fans, for Lindsay Butler, this
was about as good as it gets. This honour wasn’t wasted on the huge
crowd either. Well wishes were bestowed upon him for the duration of
the grand parade and for this humble ‘country guitar picker’, it was
Butler has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian
Country Music industry throughout his illustrious career. This was
like icing on the cake for a highly decorated career; one spanning
more than 40 years.
He’s won 3 Golden Guitars as both a recording artist in his own
right and as a producer. He’s already been awarded the three most
highly sought after industry awards in Australia, The Living Legend
Award, TSA Tex Morton Award and in 2007 was elevated to The Roll of
Renown. He’s also won every eligible instrumental award that he can
add to his resume for his guitar playing.
With business partner and
wife, Shaza Leigh, their record company has launched and nurtured
the careers of some of Australia’s leading country Artists and in
2006 hit its milestone 100th album. This is the first time that an
independent record company anywhere in the world has released that
number of albums all recorded by the one producer.
This unassuming man didn’t spare too much time resting on his
laurels though. He set about the business he knows best, several
more careers have been launched alongside the established talent
with another 12 albums already released and more on the way.
If you ask him about his crowning achievements he considers his days
working and recording with Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams and Athol
McCoy high on the list and playing on stage and recording with Barry
Thornton and Norm Bodkin conjured musically satisfying memories.
He also paid homage to his family and his musical family - The LBS
Recording Team. Independent artists work extremely hard and make up
the majority of the performers in Australia. He proudly pays tribute
to the artists that started the fledgling record company in 1988 and
still remain on the label today, Brian Letton, Shaza Leigh, Brian
Young and Tom Maxwell.
When asked what the future holds, Lindsay becomes quite enthusiastic
about his new hobby. He’s just launched a guitar range and has
already sold several instruments to leading country music artists
and collectors. Perhaps this will be another ‘monster’ created by
the LBS Music Group.
Whatever the future holds, Lindsay Butler deserves every accolade
that has been and could be bestowed upon him for his dedication to
Country Music, Tamworth and Australia.
He is quite
simply an extremely proud Australian.
Kross Kut Records
The Master And The Apprentice
Internationally known artist Peter J Hill has
produced an amazing life like painting of Lindsay Butler and Lindsay
Waddington titled “The Master and the Apprentice”.
The painting pays respect to the
work of Lindsay Butler “The Master of Country Guitar”. Born in
Tenterfield Lindsay Butler has been a professional musician for over
40 years, touring Australia all over. During his career there is
very little that Lindsay Butler has not achieved within the
Australian Country Music Industry including inspiring young
guitarists such as Lindsay Waddington “The Apprentice”.
Lindsay Waddington has toured Australia and the world with many
leading recording artists since 15 years of age known mainly for his
talent on drums. However since mentor and friend Lindsay Butler took
him under his wing Waddo (as he is affectionately known) has made
some wonderful achievements. Having now released 2 solo instrumental
albums and won QLD “Musician of the Year” for the third year in a
The prints are part of a limited edition series with only 99
Be sure to secure your part of Australian Country Music History.
For all enquiries please contact Reegan at Kross Kut Records email
Proudly Recording Country Music in Australia
- representing songwriters in the
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- Lindsay Butler Recipient of
Country Music's Highest Honour
Lindsay Butler received Australian
country music's highest honour yesterday
afternoon at the ACMF Roll of Renown Concert at Tamworth's Town
The 34th recipient of the famed Roll of Renown Lindsay joined
music legend Kevin King as they accepted the prestigious
Taking the stage to receive the award Lindsay first thanked his
wife of ten
years Shaza for her work and contribution beside him similarly
that of his
mother-in-law Kay Waddington and her dedication to LBS Music and
also to his young son Lachlan.
He spoke about the fellow musicians who too have played a part in
journey. Lindsay reminisced about the years of touring and the
Movie he attended just recently that reminded him of the many
years on the
road with Slim and first tours with Athol McCoy and later with
Williams Gordon Parsons Stan Coster Brian Young and Barry
In what followed as an emotive and sentimental acknowledgement by
Lindsay and Kevin various members of the audience and some within
industry were visibly moved by the sincerity and dedication
award obviously meant to both men.
In an interview later in the evening with CMR Nick Erby asked
starting out in the industry.
Surprisingly Lindsay remarked that he really wanted to be a
'It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I starting playing more
'In 1968 Athol McCoy didn't want a singer for an upcoming tour he
guitar player and I knew I wasn't going to make it as a singer.'
He recountered how he slept for nine months on the backseat of his
he was first out on the road because he just wanted to play music.
'Now you have a caravan or a mobile home or a motel room.'
When asked about who influenced his playing style Lindsay named
Barry Thornton and Paul Lester as having impact.
He said 'I had a great love of Hank Williams. It's different in
years though as it became more about Slim and Buddy.'
In identifying what made the changes in recording Nick asked 'You
always preserved in a traditional way the music you play which is
part of Australian country music. You break new ground and
continue to do
so with a competitive edge. It must have been exciting times out
Kootingal when you first started recording and putting the Butler
'I was pretty green then' Lindsay said 'We came up with something
with instruments introducing the mandolin and even a flute at one
'I always had a close association with the musos in Tamworth and
there was a
certain excitement about musicians too back then. They gave and
give a certain something that I don't want to lose' he said.
Nick queried which sessions or recordings were proudest moments
some of his recent work on Shaza Leigh's album and the softer
captures on Fiddlers Creek.
'Yes you're right I am proud of Shaza's album and the work on
and Tom Maxwell's too.'
Close to the end of the interview Nick asked whether there was
to do .. something left to achieve .. maybe retiring or cutting
Lindsay replied that there were considerations but he didn't think
would retire from being on the road.
'I'm disappointed maybe that we haven't got a few more Golden
our artists but we'll keep in there and see what comes up' he
Lindsay won his first Golden Guitar in 1977 for 'Closest Thing To
No guesses that he's found it on the road.
The Roll of Renown special plaques mounted on granite rocks will
in an induction ceremony outside the TREC Tamworth Regional
Centre at 10.30am on Tuesday morning 23 January.
LBS Music will launch Lindsay's latest album 'Vintage Lindsay' at
Butler Studios Open Day at Moonbi during the Tamworth Country
on Sunday 21 January 10.00am.
For more information:
LBS Music (02) 6762 1104
- LBS Music FESTIVAL Events 2007
- LBS STUDIO OPEN DAY CONCERT
Lindsay Butler Studios at New England Gully Rd Moonbi will once
again host The LBS Studio Open Day Concert on Sunday 21st of
January at 10am until 2pm.
This annual festival event features over 25 of the most popular
Australian independent recording artists backed by triple golden
guitar winner Lindsay Butler and his show band The Butler Boys.
Award winning LBS Artists who were successful at the Gold
Medallion State Awards already confirmed for this years
performance are 3 previous golden guitar finalists Brian Letton
(NSW Male Vocalist of the Year), Shaza Leigh (Qld Female Vocalist
of the Year) and Tom Maxwell (NSW Bush Balladeer of the Year) and
the talented newcomers Lindsay Waddington (Qld Musician of the
Year), ACRA finalist Darryl Lamb (Male Vocalist of the Year) plus
Dale Duncan (New Talent Finalist).
OAM recipient Terry Gordon will make his way to the mountains and
living legend Brian Young will sing a couple of his previous hits
on the day.
The official album launch for Ashley Cook’s 2nd LBS release
‘Beneath The Qld Moon’ will be part of the concert and many other
recording artists will appear including Bob Easter, Lynette Guest,
Melissa Bajric, Peter Salata, Charmaine Pout, Naomi Therese,
Michael and Pat Pincott, Nathan Charlton, Lana Ross, The Sidey’s
and others yet to be confirmed.
With a ticket price of only $15 – this is one of the best value
shows at the festival.
We will also be selling all albums at a special open day price of
$20 per album on the day to all LBS Country Club Members.
Free Memberships will also be given to anyone who purchases their
first album as an introduction to the company.
Full catering is supplied by the local Lions Club. (BYO chair).
WHAT’S ON AT BUTLERS
Butlers Auditorium at LBS Studios 336 Goonoo Goonoo Road in
Tamworth opens on Monday 22 January, running major country
showcases each day until Sunday 28 January as part of the Tamworth
Country Music Festival.
LBS STUDIO MUSEUM MORNING TEAS - (10am – 12noon)
The programme opens each morning at 10am with the LBS
Studio Museum Morning Teas. Lindsay Butler and Shaza Leigh along
with the Butler Boys appear daily with various guest artists from
the studio roster including Tom Maxwell, Brian Young, Ashley Cook,
Ernie Constance, Lindsay Waddington, Melissa Bajric, Bob Easter,
Charmaine Pout, Darryl Lamb, Dale Duncan and Naomi Therese.
At the end of each concert an artist is inducted onto The Wall Of
Honour and this years inductees will again feature some of the
cream of Australian Country Music. It is judged by a panel of
industry personalities and was established to honour artists
making a significant contribution to the Australian recording
The studio is then open to the public to wander through and have a
look at the awards lounge and the actual recording studio that
many of today’s albums are recorded. The artists also mingle for a
chat and to sign autographs.
OTHER DAILY SHOWCASES
The afternoon shows (2pm- 5pm) and evening shows (7pm-10pm)
will host package shows run by various promoters, featuring many
top line country performers and bush balladeers in concert.
Some of the major showcases already confirmed are: Country
Crooners, Travelling Country Theatre, All Girls Show, Australian
Touring Greats, TSA Members Showcase, Kross Kut Records Show,
Country Corner Showcase, Songwriters Spectacular, TSA Pass The
Guitar and Future Stars Now.
All showcases have been kept to reasonable ticket prices from $5
Catering for the venue will once again be provided by local Lions
clubs with proceeds going to local charities and prices being some
of the cheapest in town.
Look forward to seeing you at BUTLERS during the Tamworth
LINDSAY & SHAZA’S TRAVELLING COUNTRY THEATRE
Guitar Legend, Lindsay Butler and songbird, Shaza Leigh, have been
touring Australia over the past couple of months with their new
country show called The Travelling Country Theatre.
The country music couple, both established performers in their own
right and respected industry identities, have revived the old
touring package show concept, made popular years ago by the likes
of The Buddy Williams Show and The Rick & Thel Show.
- On tour with Buts and Shaz is Aussie country legend Brian
Young (OAM). Youngie is one of the best bush balladeers this
country has known and was the last of the traveling showmen. He’s
toured the length and breadth of this country with The Brian Young
Show since 1977 and is happy to still be on the road as much as
possible with this new show.
The show also features one of the leading country duo’s The
Sidey’s. Geoff is an accomplished musician playing Drums, Harp &
Mandolin as well as featuring on vocals and Annie-Ree plays bass
guitar and adds an extra dimension with her sweet vocals.
The new look show has been extremely well received around the
country and is making one appearance at Butlers Auditorium during
The Tamworth Country Music Festival on Friday 26 January – 2pm.
THE AUSTRALIAN TOURING GREATS
Each year Butlers Auditorium hosts The Australian Touring
Greats Show and this year the show will feature Lindsay Butler,
Shaza Leigh and Tom Maxwell superbly backed by the Butler Boys
All three artists are accomplished touring artists that have
traveled this country extensively over the years.
Lindsay Butler started his career with The Athol McCoy Show, spent
several years with The Buddy Williams Show and then joined The
Slim Dusty Show. He continued to tour with Slim on and off for
many years before starting his own band and later to take touring
shows out with various partners. Lindsay has become one of the
most capped musicians within the Australian Country Music
Shaza Leigh joined The Brian Young Show almost two decades ago. In
1993 she joined partner Lindsay Butler to tour with Lindsay and
Brian Letton. A couple of years later they began taking their own
roadshow out with various guest artists including Rex Dallas and
Reg Poole. Shaza has become one of the leading female artists in
the country field over this period.
- Tom Maxwell started his career as a spot artist on various
shows and festivals and for several years now has been taking The
Tom Maxwell Show around Australia carving a niche for his brand of
country music. Tom is now one of the most sought after bush
balladeers and country artists on the circuit.
The Butler Boys band are some of the best Show Bands featuring
some of the finest professional touring musicians in the country.
The Australian Touring Greats will be presenting one package show
only at the Tamworth festival to be held at Butlers Auditorium on
Sunday 28 January – 10am.
- Lindsay Butler & LBS
Music A Century Not Out LBS100CD
LBS Music Tamworth and interstate based recording studios will
release their history making 100th album during the country music
winter festival Hats Off at the Goonoo Goonoo Rd studio complex on
Sunday July 9.
Invitations were distributed last week and extended to all
Producer Lindsay Butler reaches a milestone with the release of
this 100th album. Two renowned labels Hadley Records and Selection
Records have achieved similar feats in producing a century of
albums. LBS matches that and uniquely creates another. It is the
first time in Australia and possibly internationally that one
producer under an independent label has recorded the entire body
LBS Music has always aspired to preserve and promote Australian
heritage recording and releasing the greatest majority of its work
in this genre. Partners Lindsay Butler and Shaza Leigh would like
to express their gratitude to everyone who helped LBS Music
achieve this rare milestone - 100 albums in 18 years.
Over the years many professional associations have contributed
largely to this milestone. In manufacturing Clive & Peter [Mad
CD’s] and Wayne [White Tiger Graphics] have been part of the team
producing the highest grade product since the early 90’s. A
special thanks to Kay Waddington LBS Distribution Manager who has
given over 10 years of dedicated service to the company. LBS
enlisted the services of many creative photographers specializing
in album covers including June [Country Creative Solutions] Jake
[Shot By Jake] Lou [Farina Photographics] Adrian [Edenbrae
Photographics] & Shaza [LBS Music Group].
‘LBS Music is eternally grateful to all our friends in the media
who always have and continue to promote our brand of Australian
Country Music. It has been a rewarding partnership since the
inception of the company and we’ll always treasure our friends
within the industry.’ Shaza added.
‘We pay special tribute to Dave Byrnes who was a right-hand man in
the early days of LBS Music. Dave was an accomplished engineer and
his friendship is very sadly missed’ Lindsay acknowledged.
Equally prominent in reaching 100 albums has been the production
facilities. Lindsay Butler Studios first began in NSW in 1989.
Since then the company has installed 8 studios in total with four
still operational today.
‘To the artists who recorded and worked with me over the eighteen
years it has been an honour to make the journey with all of you.
Congratulations on all personal milestones award wins and
successful albums’ Lindsay said. ‘Our label has always enjoyed the
support of most of the great songwriters in the country. You have
continually made your best material available to us and we
recognize that an outstanding track always begins with a great
song. I want to especially thank Ernie Constance for writing the
tribute song ‘A Century Still Going Strong’. I can’t agree with
all the nice things you wrote about me in the song, but thanks
Lindsay and Shaza’s biggest tributes go to the fans. ‘Without you
we are all wasting our time making the music we love – thank you
for purchasing the albums and your encouragement throughout the
336 Goonoo Goonoo Rd TAMWORTH
Sunday 9th JULY 10am – 12 Noon
& SPECIAL GUESTS
Plus the 6th Album Launch for LBS artist
General Admission $10. Admission Free with purchase of 100th album
Morning Tea 9.30am included - refreshments available. Tickets now
available at LBS Music: 07 5562 1292.
For all other information:
Complimentary Media Reservations RSVP: 30 June 2006
- LBS Music - Home of
Australia's Country Balladeers
The Countdown is on. LBS Music is fast approaching its 100th album
release in the coming months. A special release is now in the
When Lindsay started his own label in 1988 to release the albums
that he produced few would have anticipated the volume of quality
work in such a short period. He has proudly promoted and nurtured
many of today's current country stars and many of the best have
continued recording in his studios with the Golden Guitar winning
Brian Letton's latest release Today is still going strong. The
first single Two Chords has enjoyed many weeks in the Top 30
Country Tracks Chart pushing it's way to number 4.
Shaza Leigh is also still making her way up the Top 30' Country
Tracks Chart with Old Calare still performing this week at number
18. Next week Shaza starts recording the second single for her
forthcoming album which will be ready for release mid-year.
The new album for Ernie Constance is now completed and due to be
released at Easter. The album Goin' Walkabout features 13 new
Ernie originals plus the song That Old Hat his tribute song to
Slim Dusty recorded on the LBS release. The Music Lives On has
been included on the album. Ernie is undoubtedly one of our best
bush writers and widely recognised as the modern day Stan Coster.
His new collection of songs will not disappoint the fans of bush
The debut LBS release for New Zealand country music star and
Golden Guitar Winner Noel Parlane is nearing completion and will
hit the marketplace before Mothers Day. Now residing in Australia
Noel's been building an incredibly strong following in this
country over the past couple of years and will comfortably find a
home in many Aussie music collections with the release of this
great new album.
Other new releases scheduled for release in the coming months
include leading bush balladeer Tom Maxwell and young gun guitarist
The unveiling of the 100th album is expected shortly after.
LINDSAY BUTLER, SHAZA LEIGH
BRIAN YOUNG & THE BUTLER BOYS
1 Forbes Services Club, Forbes NSW
2 Young RSL Club, Young NSW
15-16 Poley's Easter Festival, Gloucester NSW
22-23 Boondooma Homestead, Boondooma Qld
LINDSAY BUTLER, SHAZA LEIGH
& THE BUTLER BOYS
12-13 Club Mulwella CM Festival Vic
20-21 Wagga Wagga CM Weekend
23 Tamworth Town Hall, NSW
27 Millers Forrest, NSW
- Honours and awards for LBS Music
In the aftermath of the Country Music festival and the Bush
Ballad Awards LBS Music quietly acknowledged what was for them a
great January and an even better February.
Two out of five recipients inducted into The Hands of Fame in
Tamworth this year were LBS Music artists Shaza Leigh and Ernie
Constance. Brian Letton and Lindsay Butler shared the stage
at Bungedore to take out major national awards. Ashley Cook Tom
Maxwell Lindsay Waddington and Brian Young will all release albums
in the next few months.
- Photo Courtesy of June Underwood
- Shaza Leigh began her professional recording career in 1990
under the guidance of Lindsay Butler. She has released 7 major
albums with the label winning numerous vocal and song-writing
awards throughout her career including 5 Independent Female
Vocalist of the Year awards 3 Australian Bush Ballad awards 2 TSA
National Salute awards plus several nominations in the Golden
Guitars. Her songwriting talents are evident in the TSA and CMAA
finalist nominations again this year with Brian Letton and Rick
Aitchison for Bush Ballad Song of the Year with the top 10
charting track Two Chords. Shaza has toured with many of the
pioneers on the Australian Country Music Scene including Lindsay
Butler, Brian Young, Reg Poole, Rex Dallas and worked along side
most of the best in the business on festivals and shows. Even
though Shaza is only 38 years of age she’s enjoyed a capped
professional career spanning almost 20 years and as she said on
receiving her award ‘It’s always been about the music and the
people… I’ve loved working within the industry and this is the
most special honour to date.’ Shaza is currently working on her
8th LBS album which will be released in the coming months.
Ernie Constance was first raised to prominence as a songwriter by
Slim Dusty when he recorded his songs. Slim eventually recorded 17
of Ernie’s songs and Ernie went on to become a recording artist in
his own right releasing 4 excellent bush ballad albums with LBS
Music culminating in 2 TSA National Salute Awards plus Australian
Bush Ballad Album of the Year in 2000. He was elevated to the
status of ‘Songmaker’in 2002. There is no doubt Ernie has become
one of the most prolific writers of the bush verse and on many
occasions has been referred to as the modern day Stan Coster with
his simple melodic arrangements to strong and powerful lyrics. On
accepting his induction Ernie acknowledged both Joy McKean who was
in the audience and Slim Dusty who was responsible for presenting
his early body of work and introducing him as a songwriter. He
said ‘I’m very honoured and humbled to accept the award as I did
not set out in country music to win awards. I simply love the old
Australian Bush Ballad style of music’. Ernie is currently
recording his new album to be released in the next couple of
In February at the Bungendore Country Muster and Australian Bush
Ballad Awards Lindsay Butler was once again awarded
Instrumental/Group or Duo of the Year and Brian Letton won The
Male Vocal category which he has dominated since the inception of
the awards in 1998. His award winning song ‘Two Chords’ is
released on his new album ‘Today’ and in Brian Letton style
there’ll be no grass growing under his feet as he prepares for his
next album which he will commence recording later this year.
Ashley Cook was the most surprised and excited recipient of the
evening when he collected The Barry Thornton Encouragement Award.
Ashley is a quiet achiever and an all-round good bloke. He is one
of those artists who will stand the test of time and slowly build
a loyal fan base. Ashley is currently collecting material for his
new album after the success of his debut release Cattle Dust and
Tom Maxwell commenced work on his new album in late February. This
will be his sixth LBS release. Tom’s fans have come to expect high
standard albums from him. The latest album is set for release in
the next few months.
In the next few months LBS will release a new instrumental album
from Lindsay Waddington. Waddo has been a touring member of The
Butler Boys for several years and has worked alongside Lindsay
Butler during that period. He has developed his own style and
sound and his many fans have been anticipating a new album for
over 12 months.
LBS Music also packaged and released The Best of Brian Young in
January. This album features many of the big Youngie hits like
‘Thistles On The Hillside’ ‘Walk Away’ ‘Black Man Jacky Jacky’ and
‘No Indispensable Man’. This album has regenerated his recording
profile. Brian is back on the road with long-time mate Lindsay
Butler as they work on his new album which will be launched in
Tamworth later this year. For sometime Brian has been plagued by
ill health. With the release of this new album and a Queensland
tour in the later part of last year he is well on the road to
LBS Music was founded in 1990 when Lindsay Butler Studios opened.
The first signings, Brian Letton, Shaza Leigh, and Lindsay
himself, all became highly sought after entertainers and many
other young, traditional performers, prolific bush balladeers,
singer/songwriters and country music legends have since joined
LBS, whose artists feature prominently in all major awards and
festivals throughout Australia. LBS has grown into the major
Independent record label of today, boasting a great stable of
talent and the LBS Distribution Service distributes nationally for
several other independent labels and many other independent
artists as well.
Instrumental of the Year to Guitar Legend Lindsay
17 February 2006
Guitar great Lindsay Butler was honoured again this year when he
received Australia’s top bush ballad award for Instrumental of the
Five finalists vied for the instrumental vocal duo or group
category in which Lindsay’s single ‘Ride the Sunlander’ received a
nomination in December.
Lindsay was the first Australian country guitarist to record a
full solo album in 1976. He won the first of his three Golden
Guitars the following year and later in two consecutive years as
Producer of the Year. Since then he has been involved in well in
excess of 1500 recording projects and has played on many winning
nominations at the Australian Country Music Awards producing
several of them. At nineteen nominations, Lindsay has long held
the record for the highest number of nominations for
instrumentalist in the CMAA awards history.
His contribution to country music has been acknowledged in many
ways. In 1999 he received the TSA Tex Morton Award and in 2000 he
was the recipient of the Australian Living Legend Award at Kempsey
NSW. He won the Instrumentalist Award on three prior occasions
1999 2002 2005 and again last weekend at the 2006 Stan Coster
The Nullabor Track, Kimberley Winds, The Moon Over the Moonbi
Range and Aussie Mossie are all original works on Lindsay’s latest
album ’Guitar Across Australia’. He teamed with his wife and
business partner Shaza Leigh to co-write the sentimental Lachlan’s
River Lullaby dedicated to their son Lachlan. Other tracks are by
Eric Bogle, Ray Rose, Harold Williams, Rick Aitchison and Graham