Kevin Prater: Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Born in Grundy, VA., currently resides in Belcher, KY. Kevin Prater's love of music began at age four, with the encouragement of his Uncle, Boone Estep. He quickly mastered the Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Banjo. By age seven Kevin was playing in a Southern Gospel Band. At age eleven he formed "Elkhorn Grass", touring for eleven years. By Graduation he had secured a regular gig at Dollywood, where he remained for three years.
In 1998, Kevin was asked to audition as mandolin player and vocalist for The James King Band. That audition led to a 12 career that would take him around the world, entertaining in 23 Countries and 49 States. They recorded two, "Album of the Year" a "Song of the Year" and a "Recorded Event Of The Year" award winning projects. Kevin has played the Grand Ole Opry many times with James King Band and Melvin Goins and Wendy Mountain. Upon leaving The James King Band Kevin toured with Mark Phillips and Third Generation, and spent three years with The Bluegrass Brothers, during which he earned a nomination for "Banjo Player of the Year".
After much encouragement from current KPB guitar player Tom Timberlake, Kevin stepped out of the Sideman position to resume Leading his own band. Fast forward 6 years, Kevin has created one of the most respected bands on the circuit. Not only for their pure Kentucky style Bluegrass, but also for their strong Gospel show that brings people to their feet, moves them to tears and at times, to their knees at the Cross.
Kevin has won awards and recognition throughout his career, including twice being named a Kentucky Colonel. He has also been recognized by the House of Representatives of the great State of Kentucky, twice, for Preserving and Promoting Kentucky's treasured Bluegrass Music.