The Kevin Prater Band - Electronic Press Kit
"COAL FIRED, PURE KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS"!! Chipper Covington, Owner of Chicago Bluegrass Legends in Evanston, IL. used that phrase to describe the bands music at his show in April 2019. It has stuck with the band ever since.
Kevin Jerome "Waldo" Prater entered this world on September 12,1972, as a 3 lb premature baby. Doctors believed he would never walk or talk. Kevin's momma Gale, had other plans. By 18 months Kevin's Uncle, Boone Estep had him sitting on his tool box, singing for coins in his diaper. By age four Kevin was playing the guitar and singing. His first public appearance at age seven, was singing several songs at his grandfathers funeral. Soon he began his first professional musician job, playing guitar in a Southern Gospel Band. By age nine he had earned college credits in guitar and was already making a great name for himself in the world of Bluegrass in Eastern Kentucky.
At age eleven, Kevin and David Adkins joined forces with friends Kelly & Ricky, creating "Elkhorn Grass". Traditional Bluegrass and Classic Country was the bands passion. For eleven years they toured Kentucky and Surrounding states. They could frequently be found opening for Dr. Ralph Stanly & The Clinch Mountain Boys and many other legends of Bluegrass. When not playing with "Elkhorn Grass" Kevin would fill in with many area bands. He was blessed to spend many days in the tour bus with "Lost and Found". Being mentored by Alan Mills and Dempsey Young was a dream come true. Dempsey became one of Kevin's dearest friends, until his un-timely death. Kevin has gone on to play with many of the legends in Bluegrass, including twelve years with Grammy nominated James King Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain and many others. During his time with James King, Kevin was part of many award winning recorded projects. Two Album of the Year, a Song of the Year and a Recorded Event of the Year, to name a few.
2020 will mark the 40th Anniversary of Kevin Prater's musical Journey, that began at age seven. Kevin has entertained in 24 countries and 49 States. Kevin has a deep well knowledge and experience to pull from, having toured with many legends of Bluegrass. 2007 he formed The Kevin Prater Band and has never looked back. Currently in his 14th year leading The Kevin Prater Band, touring the USA and Canada. In 2018 they released their fifth CD "All I Ever Wanted". That project quickly went to #21 and remained on the charts for nine months, to finish at #65 of the top 200 on the world wide Roots Music Charts.
You will always find Kevin traveling the road with the finest in young pickers that look to him to show them the way, just as Kevin's many mentors did when he was young. Watching a young musician find themselves and grow into some of the best in the business if true joy for Kevin.
Every member of The Kevin Prater Band plays multiple instruments and contributes to the band vocally. In addition to Traditional Bluegrass, the band fancy's Classic Country, Gospel and Grassed Up Vintage Rock. With over 6,000 songs in their catalog, including many original tunes, the band never uses a set list or ever knows what they will play before going on stage.
In additon to their stage shows, the band members enjoy teaching many workshops annually at many bluegrass festivals. In recent years they have been in great demand for vocal Workshops, including Acapella style singing.
Dave Elliott promoter Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival:
"Kevin and his boys are one of the nicest , most talented bands I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They make my job easy. To my fellow promoters if you have not booked this band yet it is your loss"
"The Kevin Prater Band delivers "Pure Kentucky Bluegrass, with a taste of Classic Country, with a side of Grassed UP Vintage Rock and garnished with the Gospel".
Chipper Covington promoter Chicago Bluegrass Legends:
"Kevin Prater delivers coal-fired Bluegrass music!!!!"
Marty Scarbrough promoter Bluegrass Monday at the Collins Theater:
"Thank you for a wonderful show! It was so great to see you again. I highly recommend The Kevin Prater Band to anyone seeking a fun, entertaining, high-energy band. This group knows how to engage the audience with Bluegrass, gospel , classic country music as well as the occasional acoustic versions of rock and roll classics. I look forward to hosting you all again at Bluegrass Monday!"