Ben Butler: Drums
"I first met Phil Smith when I was recruited to join his band, Reality Check", said Ben. "Reality Check was great fun", advises Ben, "we performed on the Oklahoma City club circuit for several years, playing everything from Foghat & Ted Nugent to the Commodores and Rick James." During this time, Phil revived "The Blend" as a side project and asked Ben to provide the backbeat. The Blend performed light rock and acoustic numbers and provided Phil with a venue to perform some original compositions, several of which are included on the current CD release. Ben and Phil both eventually left Reality Check, but continued to perform at local festivals and coffee houses as "The Blend".
Phil later referred Ben to a local country swing / red dirt group, the "Rexall Rangers." Ben performed with the Rexall Rangers for several years at area coffee shops, book stores & festivals. Ben and Phil continued to stay in touch, including a brief period when Phil handled lead guitar duties for the Rangers.
From 2011 to the present, Ben has performed with various classic rock cover bands including: Generation Gap, Retrospekt, High Speed Boom and Jokers to the Right.
"I was excited when Phil called to invite me to participate in the CD project," Ben replied, "this provided me with the opportunity to work with old friends from "Reality Check" & "Rexall Rangers." I've always enjoyed his songs. He's been a great friend and is a very talented musician. I'm proud to have been a part of this project!"
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