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Live at The Camel
in Richmond, VA - July 2023

- - - An Authenticated BIO - - -

Ken Farmer’s musical journey began at the age of 10 with a Silvertone arch top guitar and then a Teisco del Ray bass.  Ken says, “I was attracted to the Stones and rhythm and blues while most of my contemporaries were into popular songs on the radio.” Another big influence was the work of Doc Watson which led to Ken playing bluegrass professionally for 4 years in his 20’s.  Later he began playing and singing roots rock, rockabilly, blues, folk, old country and a mix of American music that takes in all of the 20th century and some originals and contemporary songwriters.  He has merged his love of traditional music with his occupation as an antiques and fine arts appraiser and broker, appearing on the popular PBS series Antique Roadshow as a regular contributor since 1993. Moving to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2012, Ken began meeting other like-minded musicians in the Central Virginia Blues Society. After playing with Rob Martin of Nelson County, VA and hearing Rob’s red hot Telecaster, a musical brotherhood was established.  Their two guitar partnership, song selection and harmony singing has established the foundation of Ken Farmer & The Authenticators. Other members include Frank Cain on drums and Preston Wallech on bass. A live event with this band is a guaranteed good time. You can rock in your seat or dance the night away. If you feel good and want feel better or if you need to chase away your blues, Ken Farmer & The Authenticators is the only prescription. Only real, Authenticator music for the heart & soul will be played.

"Farmer is a damn good guitarist and singer and his band, which consists of Rob Martin, Frank Cain and Preston Wallech backed him up well. I loved the fact that they mixed in some Johnny Cash to show that the blues and country are so close musically and the audience reacted enthusiastically. -- And when these guys record, I’m waiting to grab the first album off the assembly line."

John Porter --


Years active:



Boogie Woogie Blues, Country, Classic Blues, Original Music


Charlottesville, VA

Meet the band:

Ken Farmer - Guitar, Lead Vocals

Rob Martin - Lead Guitar, Vocals

Frank Cain - Drums

Preston Wallech - Bass Guitar

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Current Bookings

SEPTEMBER 28, 2023 --- Carter Mountain Orchard --- Charlottesville, VA --- 7-10 PM

OCTOBER 1, 2023
--- Plaza Antigua --- Waynesboro, VA ---  6-9 PM


Previous Bookings

JAN 20, 2023 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM

MAR 10, 2023 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM

MAR 23, 2023 --- Greencroft Club Special Presentation --- Charlottesville, Va --- 6:00 -- 8:00 PM

MAR 25, 2023 -- Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival -- Boars Head Resort, Charlottesville Va --- 12:30 - 5:00 PM

APR 7, 2023  --- Glass House Winery --- Free Union VA --- 6 - 8:30 PM

APR 27, 2023 --- Greencroft Club Special Presentation --- Charlottesville, VA --- 6-8 PM

APR 28, 2023 --- Dürty Nelly's Pub & Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8-11 PM

MAY 11, 2023 --- Greencroft Club Special Presentation with Jon Spear --- Charlottesville, VA - 6-8 PM

MAY 13, 2023 --- Milor Farmer Duo at Glass House Winery --- Free Union, VA --- 5-8 PM

JUNE 10, 2023 --- CVBS 5th Annual Blues Festival --- Afton, VA --- 2:30-3:30 PM

JULY 14, 2023 --- The Camel --- Richmond, VA --- 5 PM

AUGUST 12, 2023 --- Club at Glenmore --- Blues, Brews & BBQ Event --- Keswick, VA --- 5-9 PM

AUGUST 31, 2023 --- Plaza Antigua --- Waynesboro, VA --- 6-9 PM

AUGUST 19, 2023 --- Knight's Gambit Vineyard --- 5-8 PM

SEPTEMBER 16, 2023 --- Virginia Chili Brews & Blues --- Waynesboro, VA --- 4:40-5:40pm

This LIVE video was captured by our good friends Dee Claudio Zarpelon. THANK YOU!!!

Headlining Fridays After 5 -- 6/24/2022 
-- Special Thanks for Dee Claudio Zarpelon for the video --


Booking: Ken Farmer


Booking Alternative: Rob Martin

Many Thanks to Amy Stoll for the fabulous Fridays After 5 photos

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Many thanks to Pattama Wallech for the additional photos.


We are grateful for the support of our family and friends.

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