$10 in advance/$12 at the door
5pm doors/7pm showtime
The Kevin Prater Band:
Situated in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, there is a small town of Belcher. Listen closely and you might hear what is first thought to be the angels singing. It is the sweet, crystal clear, high tenor voice of Belcher’s own multi-talented son of Bluegrass. Add in his powerful and precise Mandolin, a few licks of his Guitar, Banjo, Bass and Dobro, you have the complete package of Kevin Prater. Kevin began his musical voyage at the age of four. Encouraged and mentored by his Uncle and biggest fan, Boone Estep. At age 10, he formed his first band Elkhorn Grass, touring for eleven years. Kevin then became part of the house band at Dollywood for Dolly Parton for three years. In 1997 Kevin joined what would become, Grammy Nominated, James King Band. This adventure would last twelve years, take him millions of miles, played in 49 States and 24 countries. Kevin has been part of two "Album of the Year", a "Song Of The Year" and "Recorded Event Of The Year", award winning projects and allowed him play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. many times. Kevin was also nominated as "Banjo Player of the Year" during a three year stint with award winning Bluegrass Brothers. Kevin has moved from being one of the best sidemen in Bluegrass to leading his own talented and unique band, from the hills of Appalachia, creating that Pure Kentucky Bluegrass Sound of the The Kevin Prater Band.
The Kevin Prater Band grew from a long musical association between Kevin Prater and Tom Timberlake. Beginning with the Timmy Cline Band in 1994 and continuing with Redwing in later years. Years into Kevin's tenure with The James King Band, Tom began encouraging Kevin to do his own music, with his own band. Tom's persistence paid off. He put the fire under Kevin to pursue fronting his own band. Forming The Kevin Prater Band 2007, they started working on new music with a couple of local musicians, playing their first show as "The Kevin Prater Band" in 2009. Kevin has been blessed to showcase his many talents through out his amazing career. His solid rhythm and lead is a driving force of the KPB sound. His vocals are the backbone of the group, which the music is built around. Kevin has surrounded himself with veterans of Bluegrass Music, enabling them to create their unique style of Pure Kentucky Bluegrass and Gospel Music they are quickly becoming famous for.
The Kevin Prater Band comes from a wide range of influences and musical heroes. The Original Seldom Scene, The Country Gentlemen, Osborne Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Red Allen, The Stanley Brothers, Boone Estep & The Ramblin Grass are among the different styles of music they have all admired and studied together throughout the years. Steeped in the tradition of Bluegrass Gospel music, they pride themselves on the acapella hymns and classic gospel songs that people have come to enjoy. The band also includes Classic Country and Vintage Rock in their repertoire, insuring no two shows of The Kevin Prater Band are the same. Their latest Cd "All I Ever Wanted" released in June 2017 is proof to that. Recorded on Patuxent Music of Rockville, MD., the cd contains original tunes (Hicker Nut Ridge, Moonshine Bill), standard cover Bluegrass (Roll On Buddy Roll On, Lost John), Classic Country (House of Gold) and Vintage Rock (House Of The Rising Sun) and many more. This CD spent eight months on the Roots Music Top 50 World Wide Charts and is their greatest selling CD to date.