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KEVIN PRATER BAND
August 13, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm$10
Kentucky Based, Patuxent Music recording artist, is bringing the finest in Pure Kentucky Bluegrass, Classic Country, Grassed up Vintage Rock and Gospel music for their second appearance here.
Known and world wide for his Machine Gun Mandolin style and his High Tenor Vocals, Kevin Prater brings his Belcher, KY. based THE KEVIN PRATER BAND to share their Traditional Bluegrass, Classic Country, Grassed Up Vintage Rock and the band favorite, Gospel music.
Kevin Prater is remembered by many as the long time sideman of the James King Band. Kevin toured with James for twelve years, beginning in 1997. Kevin also spent three years with The Bluegrass Brothers, earning a nomination as “Banjo Player of the Year”. Kevin has said many times, losing to J. D. Crowe is one of his greatest accomplishments. However, Kevin was part of two, “Album of the Year”, a “Song of the Year” and “Recorded Event of the Year” ward winning recorded projects during his time with James King.
Additional credits to his musical journey, Kevin spent three years as part of the house band at Dolly Wood for Ms. Dolly Parton, has played with Jerry Williamson & Redwing, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Timmy Cline Band, Mark Phillips & Third Generation and many other bands in his nearly 40 years on the road.
Currently in his 12th year leading The Kevin Prater Band throughout the USA and Canada, the band is currently promoting their fifth CD, “All I Ever Wanted”, recorded on Patuxent Music label of Rockville, MD. The CD finished 2018 at #65 of the Top 200 on the Roots Music Charts. Title track “All I Ever Wanted” was written by Kevin Prater 22 years prior to being recorded. Other writes on the project includes a variety of writers, some well known, Larry Cordle, Mark “Brink” Brinkman and David Morris. Other writers include Keith Hatfield of Pikeville, KY., Kevin’s employer at CARQUEST. Keith’s song “Barefoot Country Girl” is the projects most requested track for the CD. “Lord Daniels”, written by Landon Messer is the bands typical gruesome Bluegrass track.
Completing the bands unique, pure Kentucky Bluegrass style, is a group of young, hard driving. traditional grass loving multi-talented young men. Each plays multiple instruments and contributes to the band vocally.
On Fiddle, Adam Borrows “Aka” the Dancing Fiddler. Adam livens up the stage with his fast and furious fiddle and his feet. Adam also adds a bit of comedy to the band. On Banjo and Dobro, Jake Burrows, Adams younger brother. They are known throughout the East Coast as The Burrows Brothers. They began touring in their early teens with Lonesome Will Mullins and quickly gained attention for their own band.
Filling the Guitar position, Ryan Lester. Ryan can sing any part, play any instrument, as he was born into Bluegrass Royalty in Hurley, VA. By age three his grandad Dean Jackson had him on stage. Dean is also responsible for starting Kevin Praters musical journey about the same age. Ryan began as a regular band member of Bluegrass Autumn at age 5, loving to sing and play. Ryan has toured with Ebby Jewell and Bluegrass Gentlemen, Mike Bentley and Cumberland Gap Connection and Sandy Shortridge Band.
Current Bass man, Cole Spears was a founding member of The Kevin Prater Band, has returned to fill in during a period of transition. Cole has played with many bands, plays man instruments and is an accomplished vocalist on lead and harmony.
Please call 920-563-9391 to reserve seats.