Press Releases: October 2, 2000
KENNY BUTTERILL’S DEBUT COUNTRY/FOLK CD, “NO ONE YOU KNOW” STRIKING A RESPONSIVE CHORD IN CANADA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (October 2, 2000) – “… Butterill’s touch of blues and laid back vocal personality that’s so radio friendly impact immediately and his straight forward rootsy technique teases the ear. His homespun material gives the feeling of been there before, however, a second listen will stamp his own musical signature firmly with the listener” is what Walt Grealis, Editor, RPM Weekly had to say. Fish Griwkowsky of the Edmonton Sun described Butterill’s ‘No One You Know’ CD as “totally mellow make-out music, man”. But another reviewer, Americana radio format pioneer Felton Pruitt, may have said it best – “this is a record that grows on you – and keeps sounding better the more one listens. If you like early Dire Straits, Gordon Lightfoot, Chris Isaak or Tony Joe White, you’ll like the Butterill sound”. Indeed.
After successful European and USA releases of his first solo effort, No One You Know, songwriter/ producer Kenny Butterill’s debut CD has started to garner a warm response in Canada, his homeland, since its official release here September 14, 2000. Butterill’s Canadian distribution of No One You Know on No Bull Songs Records is being handled by Valley Media/Orchard and HMV, which helps to ensure that the introduction of Kenny Butterill to Canadian radio audiences can cause as much of a stir here as it did in Europe and the USA.
European and USA radio’s response to Butterill was impressive. Without a lot of fuss and bother, Butterill’s CD landed in the top 25 on the European Country Music charts and in other top Euro-wide charts, as well as airplay on 60+ European stations, 50+ USA stations, and dozens of leading web radio sites. This only serves to underscore his enormous talent and wide appeal. Butterill’s hoping his Canadian release this Fall with the lead off single “How Far Can We Go?” will make a comparably eloquent and exciting stand at Canadian Country radio stations.
Butterill’s music is a soothing, melodic blend of country folk blues and acoustic rock conjuring up lots of easily identifiable imagery and feelings. The Canadian, who now lives quietly in the mountains of Northern California, has been lauded as a songwriter of great substance and depth. Already compared in Europe and the USA to legendary tunesmiths like J. J. Cale, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, Butterill defies convention and makes his own rules with striking results. More comparisons have been drawn to pop-country rockers the Mavericks and British rockers Dire Straits showing that Butterill, as hard driving as he is tender, is accessible to a wide range of tastes without losing his soul or the authentic emotion his writing conveys.
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