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Ken Buttrey Passes On
"Son of Obituary" Premiere Percussionist
This Gerdes Gabber article published on: Thursday, September 16, 2004

Kenny Buttrey was the backbone & backbeat of so many of the "Area Code 615" elite session artists of Nashville. A man as warm & friendly as he was enormously talented, Ken will be sorely missed but his superb work lives on and on. The cartoonish mirth & hijinks he provided on "Son of Obituary" for such songs as "Hey Packy" and "Long Time No See" were as uplifting as the suspense & intensity in "Slash Your Sole" was riveting & the Cathedral like steps of "Cold Catechism Wednesday"  puts the listener in procession beyond the echoed halls of P.S.118 to the non-confines of mystical plateau. Ken's great rock n' roll on "Blonde on Blonde" & earthy gait on "John Wesley Harding" as well as his offbeat & unexpectedly erotic cowbell samba on "Lay Lady Lay" from "Nashville Skyline" inspired me to urge my producer Nik Venet to get Ken to be my main man behind the plate for the sequel to "Obituary."  Ken was an organic musician of Tennessee green who had no need for Astro turf. May flights of angels fly thee beyond fences unto the Diamond Sutra, Kenny Buttrey! 


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