While this early acclaim for both band and writer didn't turn into noticeable success, the band played on, and Jon's songwriting and burgeoning solo career continued unabated.
After all 'a writer writes'. Every day! It's just what they do. And if a new song can touch people and make them feel a little less alone in the world, then all the better. They say a writer is the sum of their life experiences and it follows therefore that - like a fine wine - they must get better with age.
As we fast forward into 2017 the release of Jon's new album, Universal Stranger is a particularly notable occasion.
With eight critically acclaimed Diesel Park West studio albums, three John Butler solo albums and numerous collaborative releases behind him, Universal Stranger is actually a debut album! It's the first to be released under the name Jon C Butler.