Banjo / Guitar / Mandolin / Violin
Ken is a professional musician, teacher, recording engineer, and all-around technical geek with over 25 years experience in the music industry.
He has taught over 2000 students, played on hundreds of recordings: demos, cds, television and radio spots, lps and other mediums, and appeared on stage with many respected and world-class musicians.
After having taught for so many years, I have come to realize that teaching is truly a "fine art"! Taking someone through the process of learning an instrument, or anything for that matter, requires much patience on the part of both teacher and student. Private instruction has made me a better person, and taught me that any human being is capable of playing to any level, if one has patience, and the desire to achieve. I surely believe that music makes us all better people, and helps to make life, if not a little, a whole lot more fun.
The following is a list of some of the great musicians he has had the honor of working with in the studio, or appearing with on stage, or sharing the stage with (as part of an opening act and in various other conglomerations):
Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Dr Tim Lake, J.D. Crowe, Alabama, Kentucky Headhunters, Alison Krauss, Buddy Spicher, Joe Carr, Bill Monroe, John Cowan, Mark Shatz, J.P. Pennington (Exile), Stuart Duncan, Ronnie Mcdowell, Virginia Squires, Lloyd Maines (the Dixie Chicks), Jay Flippin, Dave Anderson, The Cox Family, Dan Seals, The Battlefield band, Maura Oconnell, Mose Allison, Henry Hipkens, Josh Logan, Frankie Mcwhorter (former member of Bob Wills' band), Johnny Gimble, Richard Bennett, Barry Mitterhoff, and others.
Ken has appeared nationally on television and radio on the following:
-The Nashville Network
-PBS(sideman for Tim Lake)-Jubilee, and In Performance at the Governor's Mansion
-Homefront Performances-Syndicated radio program
-Ecuadorean National Television with Tim Lake
-Texas Public Television
-Featured in the Independent film, "Heart Of The Hills: The Story Of Mountain Music," as part of a segment hosted by Dr. Tim Lake. Ken also plays on much of the background music. This production includes many of the greats of Country and Bluegrass music: Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakum, Loretta Lynn, Ralph Stanley, Wynonna, and many more.
-In 2007, recordings that Ken played on with Dr. Lake
were featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."
-WUKY(Lexington, Ky) Several appearances with Nick Lawrence
In addition, Ken has played on hundreds of recordings that have been heard on radio stations all over the world.
Mr. Holbrook also worked in Professional road bands from 1986 until 1996. At one point, he was living out of hotels for well over two years! (Some serious dues paying!...)
He has appeared at festivals, clubs, arenas, and special events in 41 states, all the way from Austin, Texas, to New York City; and even a little of South America.
Thru all of this, his one constant has been his desire to teach; to spread the word if you will. This has led to well over 1900 private students...........and counting!