Excerpts from Newsbolt
Kenny Butterill June 2002 Update
Songwriter/producer KENNY BUTTERILL has tapped numerous musical luminaries for his upcoming JUST A SONGWRITER CD. Norton Buffalo (harmonica/Steve Miller Band, Bonnie Raitt) and Bill Laymon (bass/New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band) are just two of the players to add their talents to the project. As the CD continues to take shape, KENNY announces his alliance with the well-known and popular, John Lomax III. Lomax had previously managed Townes Van Zandt and Kasey Chambers. He’ll provide management services and oversee international distribution for BUTTERILL, who remains in the Top Ten of the E.M.S. Chart after a two-week stand at #1.
Kenny Butterill is #1 in Europe!
Our kudos to songwriter/producer Kenny Butterill, who is celebrating his incredible second week at the #1 spot on the European Country (E.M.S.) Chart with his single, “How Far Can We Go?” This is also the first song from an Americana artist to ‘cross over’ and top this chart since the Delbert McClinton/Kacey Jones duet in 2000. The ebullient Kenny says, “Sometimes, something happens that is a significant career event for those of us in the arts. For me, this is one of those times. Thank you very much to all who had a hand in this.” Stateside, Kenny’s single, “The Townes You Left Behind,” has critics and radio request lines buzzing. “A long time coming, this tune is the best Townes Van Zandt tribute so far. Butterill’s songwriting and soulful delivery rise to the occasion – connecting us to the essence of Townes” — says Dallas Dobro, Strawberry Music Festival and KPIG Radio. Kenny doesn’t have much time to celebrate though as he continues recording songs for his upcoming JUST A SONGWRITER CD. So far, over a dozen musicians from across the U.S. have made their contributions to the project, which promises to be the best “Butterill” yet!
Butterill April 2002 Update
Kenny Butterill’s “How Far Can We Go?” single is generating mega-response across Europe and Australia as it debuts this week at #23 on the EMS chart. The talented songwriter/producer is actually making waves on both sides of the big pond right now. He’s leaving nothing to chance with his latest U.S. release, “The Townes You Left Behind.” A huge success in Europe last fall, U.S. Americana radio stations can look to receive their copies in early May. The single, the first from his upcoming CD “Just A Songwriter” will be heavily promoted and insiders expect big things from this record. Cover artwork for the Townes single features a striking painting of Townes Van Zandt by multi-talented artist, Melene Marie Brown. A portion of the song’s royalties are to be donated to an educational trust for Van Zandt’s children. Nice-guy Butterill returned to the studio this month as he continues to lay down tracks for his future release. As with all of his efforts, Kenny prefers to take his time when making the music.
Butterill March 2002 Update
Kenny Butterill makes more than great music in those beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains that he calls home. He has taken up wine making as a hobby and has recently bottled his first red wine….”Very Merry Merlot.” Kenny promises he’ll have his first batch of “Butterill Beaujolais Nouveau” in time for the harvest this Fall. Family and friends can expect to be the lucky recipients of these homemade libations from Kenny in the near future. Butterill fans, meanwhile, will be thrilled to know that Kenny is also busy in the studio working on his next musical release. Rumor has it that this sophomore effort may hold a surprise or two, but, no matter what the new CD holds, it is sure to be as pleasing to KB listeners as was his first outing. Look for more info on the upcoming release in the near future.
Butterill February 2002 Update
CALIFORNIA-BASED CANADIAN SONGWRITER/PRODUCER Kenny Butterill recently received high praise from XM Satellite Radio’s Felton Pruitt when he called Kenny’s current single a “definitive song about Townes (Van Zandt) that should be heard.” “The Townes You Left Behind” is a pre-release single from Kenny’s upcoming CD and pays homage to the late, legendary Texas songwriter. Americana fans from France to Texas to Australia have embraced the song, which is included on the current Acoustic Rainbow Sampler. “Butterill is a stealth-mode, spotlight avoiding, hidden gem who knows how to write very cool, alt-country, easy chair music. ” says Greg Simpson, MindBenders Music, Canada. Fans will soon be treated to more music from the “very cool” Butterill, who’s tucked away at his cabin atop the peaceful and picturesque Santa Cruz Mountains writing and recording for his sophomore CD due out later this year.