The Kevin Prater Band sprang from the long musical association between Kevin Prater and Tom Timberlake, beginning with the Timmy Cline Band in 1994 and then continuing with Redwing in later years. Years into Kevin’s tenure with the James King Band, Tom began trying to convince Kevin that he should be doing his own music, and his persistence paid off. He put the fire under Kevin to pursue his dream of fronting his own band, and soon they were forming the Kevin Prater Band. Saturday, January 18th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Kevin Prater Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age
They started picking together again and working on new music with a couple of local musicians, playing their first show together as the Kevin Prater Band in 2009. Kevin has played many different instruments over the years and has finally come back to his first – the guitar. His solid rhythm and lead is a driving force of the KPB sound. His vocals are the backbone of the group, and what their music is built around.
Danny Stiltner is one of the most talented bass players in eastern Kentucky. Danny and Kevin had known each other since their childhood, when they used to play local shows around the area. They always said they would love to play together in a band, but didn’t know so many years would go by before it would come to pass.
Tom Timberlake plays banjo for the group. He is one of the most hard driving banjo players today and also knows how to back up vocals and make them truly shine. His harmonies are second to none.
Gary Moore is the mandolin player for the KPB. His playing is very strong in rhythm, and his leads add a great deal to the melody. Gary’s vocals are a true pleasure to listen to, and he brings great sounding harmonies to round out the KPB sound.
The band comes from a wide range of influences and musical heroes. The original Seldom Scene, the Country Gentlemen, the Osborne Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Red Allen, the Stanley Brothers, and Boone Estep and the Ramblin Grass are among the different styles of music they have all admired and studied together throughout the years.
The KPB bases their sound on strong vocal harmonies, built around high trios, and their style is reminiscent of the classic Seldom Scene and the 1970s Country Gentlemen performances. They are also steeped in the tradition of gospel music, and pride themselves on the acapella hymns and great gospel songs that people have come to enjoy. The band also includes classic country in their repertoire and loves bringing old familiar favorites to life. They’ll be bringing along a fiddle player for some lively dance tunes as well.
For some of the best traditional bluegrass the region has to offer, be sure to come out and see the Kevin Prater Band at the Carter Fold. There will be lots of fiddle tunes, tremendous vocals, great instrumentals, and amazing harmony. For more information on the band, go to http://thekevinpraterband.com/
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com/
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.