Kenneth Blevins

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Kenneth Blevins
BornLake Charles, Louisiana
GenresRock music, country music
Years active1977–present

Kenneth Blevins (born in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is an American drummer and percussionist known primarily for his session work. As a session drummer, he has contributed to the work of many well-known artists.


Early career[edit]

As a child, Blevins played cornet and piano, but decided to play drums at age 14. Several years later, he was performing gigs, with an affinity for rock, blues, and Cajun music.[1]

Blevins moved from Lake Charles to Lafayette, then Baton Rouge, then to New Orleans. After playing steadily, Blevins moved to New York City in 1989 to work as a session drummer, and to Nashville in 1993.[1][2]

Session Work[edit]

Blevins has been involved with more than 80 albums in his music career. Though best known for his work with John Hiatt (since 1988) and Sonny Landreth, he also has performed with Li'l Queenie and the Percolators, The Continental Drifters, and the band Tiny Town (with Tommy Malone, Pat McLaughlin, and Johnny Ray Allen).[3][4]

Blevins prefers to be part of the creative process, selecting recording sessions that allow for creative input.[2]

John Hiatt[edit]

Blevins was a member of the Goners, who backed Hiatt on his 1988 Slow Turning album. Hiatt recruited the Goners again in 2001 for The Tiki Bar Is Open,[5] and Blevins has continued to support Hiatt on many of his albums and tours.[6]


Blevins uses Paiste cymbals.[3]


As a member of Tiny Town[edit]

  • 1998: Tiny Town - (Pioneer Music Group)

With John Hiatt[edit]

With Sonny Landreth[edit]

  • 1992: Outward Bound (Praxis)
  • 1994: Exit 103A (Zoo Entertainment)
  • 2005: Sonny Landreth - Grant Street (self-released)

With Zachary Richard[edit]

  • 1977: Mardi Gras (Arzéd)
  • 1977: Migration (CBS)

With Greg Trooper[edit]

  • 1992: Everywhere (Ripe & Ready) with the Flatirons
  • 1996: Noises In The Hallway (D'Ville)
  • 2013: Incident on Willow Street (52 Shakes)

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rodewald, Nik (February 7, 2012). "Sideman Spotlight: Kenneth Blevins". Blues Rock Review. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "RealTracks Artist Bio: Kenneth Blevins". RealTracks. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Basic Background Info: Kenneth Blevins". Drum Channel. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Scherman, Tony (August 5, 1998). "Tiny Town". Salon. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Jordan, Scott (September 11, 2001). "Slow Returning". Gambit Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "John Hiatt: Bands". John Hiatt Archives. Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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