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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.

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"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 --  http://professorjohnnyp.blogspot.com/search/label/Ken%20Farmer

BASIC INFO

Years active:

2017-present

Genres:

Boogie Woogie Blues, Country, Classic Blues, Original Music

Origin:

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


APRIL 28, 2022 --- GreenCroft Club -- Charlottesville VA -- 6:00 - 8:00 PM

APRIL 30, 2022 --- Champion Ice House -- Gordonsville VA -- 6:00 - 8:00 PM

MAY 1, 2022 --- Boars Head Inn Blues and BBQ -- Charlottesville -- 12:00 - 2:00 PM

MAY 5, 2022 --- Boars Head Inn 1st Thursdays --- Boars Head Inn Charlottesville VA -- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

MAY 12, 2022 --- GreenCroft Club -- Charlottesville VA -- PUBLIC INVITED!! -- 6:00 - 8:00 PM

MAY 20, 2022 --- Glass House Winery -- Free Union VA -- 6:00 - 8:30 PM

MAY 21, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM

MAY 27, 2022 --- Knights Gambit Vineyard -- Charlottesville VA
 --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

JUNE 11, 2022 --- Patch Brewing Co. -- Gordonsville VA --- 6:00 - 8:00 PM

JUNE 24, 2022 --- Fridays After 5 (Headlining) -- Charlottesville VA --- 5:30 - 9:00 

JULY 9, 2022 --- Knights Gambit Vineyard - Charlottesville VA --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

JULY 17, 2022 --- Brewing Tree Beer Co -- Afton VA --- 2:00 - 5:00 PM

JULY 21, 2022 --- GreenCroft Club -- Charlottesville VA -- PUBLIC INVITED!! -- 6:00 - 8:00 PM

JULY 24, 2022 --- Plaza Antiqua -- Waynesboro VA --- 6:00 - 9:00 PM

AUG 12, 2022 --- Patch Brewing Co. -- Gordonsville VA --- 6:00 - 8:00 PM

AUG 14, 2022 -- Brewing Tree Beer Co -- Afton VA --- 2:00 - 5:00 PM

AUG 20, 2022 --- Knights Gambit Vineyard -- Charlottesville VA
 --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

SEPT 4, 2022 --- Plaza Antiqua -- Waynesboro VA --- 6:00 - 9:00 PM

SEPT 10, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM

OCT 8, 2022 --- Knights Gambit Vineyard - Charlottesville VA --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

OCT 15, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM


OCT 22, 2022 ---- Blue Quartz Winery - Etland VA --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

NOV 4, 2022 --- Prince Michel Winery and Vineyard -- Leon VA --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

NOV 11, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM


*** STAY TUNED FOR MORE DATES COMING SOON!! ***

Previous Bookings


JAN 13, 2022 --- The Center at Belvedere --- Charlottesville VA --- 5:00 - 7:00 PMCANCELLED --

JAN 22, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM

FEB 19, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 6:00 - 9:00 PM


MAR 4, 2022 --- Glass House Winery --- Free Union, VA --- 6:00 - 8:30 PM

MAR 19, 2022 --- Blue Quartz Winery - Etland VA --- 5:00 - 8:00 PM

MAR 24, 2022 --- The Center at Belvedere --- Charlottesville VA --- 5:00 - 7:00 PM

MAR 25, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM

MAR 31, 2022 --- GreenCroft Club -- Charlottesville VA -- 6:00 - 8:00 PM
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This LIVE video was captured by our good friends Dee Claudio Zarpelon. THANK YOU!!!

Watch our performance at Fridays After 5 opening for the Skip Castro Band Below

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BOOKING INFORMATION

Booking: Ken Farmer

KenFarmerBand@gmail.com

540-731-1604

Booking Alternative: Rob Martin

KenFarmerBand@gmail.com

Many thanks to Pattama Wallech for the additional photos.

 

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

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