Just a Songwriter

Just a Songwriter

by Kenny Butterill
     
 

Americana country artist Kenny Butterill doesn't root himself only in Americana in his eclectic second album, Just A Songwriter. Offerings on this disc include contemporary country, slow jazz, blues, folk, reggae and combinations of the aforementioned. While this diversity is commendable and even singular in today's musical environment, it seems scattered andSee more details below

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Americana country artist Kenny Butterill doesn't root himself only in Americana in his eclectic second album, Just A Songwriter. Offerings on this disc include contemporary country, slow jazz, blues, folk, reggae and combinations of the aforementioned. While this diversity is commendable and even singular in today's musical environment, it seems scattered and disorganized. One thing this album has going for it is snappy, though usually predictable, instrumentals, especially when the saxophone flows through the jazzy ballad "Making Love In L.A." The harmonica and the occasional electric guitar riff enhance also, but Butterill's vocal performance is only mediocre. This problem is highlighted even more when some of the instrumental smothers Butterill's voice making it difficult to discern lyrics. Speaking of lyrics, Butterill wrote them all, which explains why the album as a whole is hit and miss on quality. The words of "Is There More?" prove Butterill's capability of making the listener ponder through song writing, while cuts such as "Vegetarian Dead Cow Blues" in all its absurdity leads one to question Butterill's rationale in pulling songs from his catalog. The writing here just doesn't demonstrate the finesse of the pros. Butterill, a Canadian-born songwriter, pitched a few songs in the early 90's before an internet audience urged him to make his own CD. His first CD, No One I Know, got Butterill recognized in Canada and Europe, where his single "How Far Can We Go?" became the first Americana single to hit #1. Just A Songwriter might be a hit with Butterill's loyal fan base, but today's radio audience will probably pass on it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Hayden's Ferry
UPC:
0642973230222
catalogNumber:
23022

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Butterill   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica
Mary McCaslin   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Weed   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ray Bonneville   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Foot Percussion
Larry Hosford   Vocal Harmony
Jim Norris   Percussion,Drums
John Lee Sanders   Organ,Piano,Saxophone
Jim Lewin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Willie P. Bennett   Mandolin
Bill Laymon   Bass
Peter Morrison   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Billy Don Burns   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Joe Weed   Engineer
John Robertson   Graphic Design
John Lee Sanders   Cover Painting
Kenny Butterill   Producer,Liner Notes
Cliff Goldmacher   Engineer
Steve Glaze   Engineer

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