Born in Tupelo and raised in Water Valley, MS, Ken Hart's roots as well as his early influences, Steve Earle, Hank Jr., and John Mellencamp, are evident in his music.
After borrowing a guitar from his younger brother, and learning a chord from a friend, Ken began buying albums and teaching himself to play. "I think I've probably listened to and played Pink Houses as much as anyone," he says.
In 1995 Ken moved to Fayetteville, AR for a career in the poultry industry. Two weeks later he met Northwest Arkansas legend, Jed Clampit.
After stalking Jed, never missing a performance, Ken developed a friendship with Jed who has become a mentor. "I guess Jed thought if he taught me to play the guitar a little I'd leave him alone. He was wrong, and we've been truest friends ever since. We have a unique bond, and I owe him more than I can ever repay. Jed is responsible for my first gig, the inspiration to write songs, and helping me realize how much I love making music."
Over the last nine years while touring solo and with the Jed Clampit Band, Ken has shared the stage with greats like Rock Killough, Sonny Throckmorton, Keith Sykes, Doug Supernaw, James "Jimbo" Mathus, Mississippi Chris Sharp, Ed "Bones" Dye, Clint Jordan, Tate Moore, Bryan Ledford, T-Model Ford, Johnny Barbato, Ken Edwards, Bonepony, Steve Thompson, David Burns, Brad Van Winkle, Andrew Milburn, Chester P, Bruce Parker, Sid Simons, Kim Carson, Jimmy Boggs, Kip Attaway, Will Barrett, Brent Moyer, Jeff Fowlkes, and more.
Summer 2004 Ken made a guest appearance, playing acoustic guitar and singing harmony, on Grammy Award winner Jimbo Mathus Knockdown South release.
In 2005, Ken is writing new material and touring in support of his new album of all original music, Ain't No Trains, to be released in May on Knockdown South Records.
www.knockdownsouthrecords.com for information regarding show dates, record release, booking info, etc., or contact:
662 473 9547
PO Box 692
Water Valley, MS 38965