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Apr 16, 2021 - 4:46:40 AM
299 posts since 4/26/2007

I was saddened to learn of Kenny Cantrell's recent passing. What a wonderful picker, and much too under-appreciated. Tone and timing for days and days.

I'm able to find his "Home Sweet Home Revisited" album online with ease, as well as his later works with the Cedar Hill band but I'm also on the lookout for recordings he did with his family band, The Cantrells. Not sure if that's the name they went by or not, but the little I've heard of them was impeccable. I'd love to hear more but can't seem to locate any albums they may have cut.

Any help would be appreciated; thank you!

Apr 16, 2021 - 6:30:35 AM

1300 posts since 3/24/2006

Well, you covered the easier to find things, the rest will be a quest. Kenny recorded with his sons as you mentioned, but their recordings were not on a label that would be known. Two of his sons are on Facebook so you could search there, send a pm and see if they have any copies of the recordings. Search Bryan Cantrell or Barry Cantrell. Also, Kenny recorded an album or two with Bill Jones & the Bluegrass Travelers. Unfortunately all those folks have passed and I don't know any avenue to lead you to those recordings. There is one of the albums uploaded to YouTube though.......I will do a little looking and see if I can find it and then post the hyperlink. Beyond that, Kenny played for Bill Box years and years ago.......but I don't know if there were any recordings of that. There are not a lot of recordings out there of Kenny, even for as great of a picker as he was. He sure was a hero and friend to me..........


Apr 16, 2021 - 6:57:44 AM

1300 posts since 3/24/2006

Here's one from 1974.......

One from 1976.......


Edited by - Robby Boone on 04/16/2021 07:04:25

Apr 16, 2021 - 7:19:39 AM

299 posts since 4/26/2007

I really appreciate the info, Robby. I will definitely try and seek out/message Kenny's sons, although I may wait until a later date due to Kenny's passing being so recent.

And thank you for the links as well!

Apr 17, 2021 - 6:55:58 AM

1194 posts since 4/8/2004

bill box's 1st album is on you tube, 'iv'e walked many miles in these shoes' its the blue cover with bill on the front. great album, and the best version of 'gold rush' iv've ever heard.

Apr 17, 2021 - 7:17:06 AM

1194 posts since 4/8/2004

kenny used to live in moline, ill when he played with bill box. there was a jam session at a friend of my dads house, and the dixie drifters were there, and also tut taylor. (another story) dad recorded it on an old reel to reel. i have the tapes, but no reel to reel player. also, kenny left moline just before i started to play, man, he could have made my journey much easier!

Apr 18, 2021 - 8:00:23 AM



32 posts since 9/12/2003

I posted earlier a video I made from a workshop he had done at Turkey Track Early non festival.
I am trying to convert yet the entire video. New to posting videos.

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