Anderson Fair presents Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkerson.
Ken Gaines (pictured)
Never quite got over Woodstock
Or November '63
And the things I learned at 21
Put a big ol' hole in me.
Never worried much about the bomb
Not a whole lot I could do.
I'll never get over losin' Mom
And I'll never get over you.
— © Ken Gaines from "Never Get Over You" 2006
"There are a lot of things I've never gotten over, especially my love of the song and it's performance. I can't remember when I didn't sing and, from a very early age, was fascinated with writing songs even as I learned and sang classic folk, rock, jazz, theatre and choral works. I've come to the point in my life where I have nothing better to do with it than write and perform on my own or with the people I love."
Houston area singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Ken Gaines has the goal of writing great songs in just about every genre and style. You won't be able to put a finger on what he does from sweet lyrical ballads, to double entendre blues, to swingin' jazz, and redneck rock. "For all of the great songs that have been written I belong to a wonderful group of people who believe there are at least as many great ones still to be written." His voice has the range to cover all of these styles and his supple guitar work lays down arrangements instead of just chords. His lyrics are both powerful and poetic and highlight his skills as a story teller and observer of life. In 2005 he was voted Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music and in 2007 his song was nominated Song of the Year and the Texas Music Awards.
Onstage Ken is both into the song and the moment. "Live performance for me is the culmination of all my thinking and practice. It's like a religious experience. I want you to laugh and cry on the same night and I hope you go home feeling like you've fallen in love all over again with someone or something you hold dear". Ken is available for concerts, house concerts, club shows, and festivals. He's often sharing the stage with one or both of his musical partners, Wayne Wilkerson & Karen Mal. His tour schedule takes him all across the US as well as his home state of Texas.
Houston's most called upon guitar accompianist. Owned the 3rd Collings guitar ever made. Still plays them. Along with Darry Pettit [Lonnies brother] he was the first act to play Mcgonigel's Mucky Duck. Performed with many songwriters at The Kerrville Folk Festival. Performed with Ron Crick since the late '70's. Accompanied Crick at Carnegie Hall as opening act for songwriter Don McClean [Nov. 1983]. Played with Tom Paxton.