You know it the instant you hear him play: There's a fire in John Butler. Some felt its slow burn at Fremantle Markets back in '95, where the then-dreadlocked busker made his granddad's slide guitar sing. US-born and relocated with his Australian father, he went global on his own terms via Jarrah Records, a cottage empire that set a benchmark for self-empowered indies in the '00s. With Sunrise Over Sea, the third John Butler Trio album of '04, he won an ARIA for Best Male Artist and APRA's Song of the Year for “Zebra." The powerful personal/political manifestos of Grand National and April Uprising both hit No. 1, but chart heroics pale beside the autonomous grassroots integrity—and fiery touch on the guitar—that's helped Butler amass his international fanbase. Join the party with this collection of outstanding tracks.