Ham Jam House -Concert
07/17/2016, 09/06/2014, 08/23/2013, 06/01/2012
Ken Gaines will play a fine acoustic concert on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 2:00 PM.
"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.
Ken has two solo CD's and a live cassette to his credit. His latest,
"Catfish Moon" 2006 on the Songdog record label is a real taste of
what it's like to hear Ken with Karen, Wayne, and co-producer Bill Ward
with guest appearences by Gary Sapone, Jeff Duncan, & Ron Rebstock on
several cuts. The previous CD, "Real Men", 2002, established Ken as
a national act. Along with the live cassette "No One Else", 1991 he has
songs on several compilations including "The Silverwolf Homeless Project
"1995, My Texas Music Radio Ready Vol. 2, Peace From the Porch, Vol 1 2004,
and Uncle Calvin's 25th Anniversary Compilation, 2008. Through the years
he's worked on numerous other recording projects and written for stage
and film projects notably the feature film, "Blue Days Lost" and two
co-written children's musicals, "Noah and the Ark" and "Journey of the
Wise Men" produced by the Excellent Theatre Company in Houston.
Since the fall of 1998 he's produced and hosted a songwriters' series at
Houston's legendary Anderson Fair . These Thursday night productions have
become a must for traveling artists from all over North America who are
breaking into the Texas territory, as well as a way to hear many of Texas
"best singer/songwriters. “Talk about a great way to keep your edge as a
performer. I love these shows!” says Ken. “Each night is a different mix
and allows me to bring out a different aspect of my performance as well
as the opportunity to feature and interact with so many talented people.”
Need an MC? Calling on earlier training in theatre Ken is now the "voice"
of the Texas Music Awards. For 4 out the past 5 years he's worked as announcer
for this prestigious event and enjoys it so much he's decided to add that
skill to his repertoire again. If your looking for someone to MC or announce
your event give him a call.
Ken was chosen to open the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2009, where he has been
a regular around the song circles for many years. He's a former board member
of the Academy of Texas Music, a Wheel member of the Houston Association of
Acoustic musicians, and a proud member of MyTexasMusic.com where you can find
his music and hundreds of other Texas artists.
-- Ken Gaines Website: http://www.kengaines.com
Doors open at 2:00 and the concert is 3:00 to 5:00.
$20 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!