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."
Boogie Woogie Blues, Country, Classic Blues, Original Music
Meet the band:
Ken Farmer - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Rob Martin - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Frank Cain - Drums
Preston Wallech - Bass Guitar
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
DEC 3, 2022 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM
JAN 20, 2023 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM
MAR 10 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM
APR 7 --- Glass House Winery --- Free Union VA --- 6 - 8:30 PM
APR 28 --- Durty Nellys Pub - Wayside Deli --- Charlottesville, VA --- 8:00 - 11:00 PM
*** STAY TUNED FOR MORE DATES COMING SOON!! ***
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 PM
JULY 9, 2022 --- Knights Gambit Vineyard - Charlottesville VA --- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
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
This LIVE video was captured by our good friends Dee Claudio Zarpelon. THANK YOU!!!
Watch our most recent performance 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
Many thanks to Pattama Wallech for the additional photos.
We are grateful for the support of our family and friends.