Posted on Jun 15, 2012 in Bio | 4 comments
Kenny Sears was born in Denison, Texas and raised on a farm in Liberty, Oklahoma. He purchased his first fiddle when he was seven with money earned picking cotton and turned professional when he was 11 after he was invited to join the staff band of the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. This gave him the opportunity to work with Grand Ole Opry artists who routinely played the Jamboree. Another contact young Sears made there was Billy Gray, Hank Thompson’s former bandleader. When the Big D Jamboree closed down, Gray asked Sears to join his troupe. Sears recalls it as a great training ground in swing and country music. But he had another musical life as well. Since the fourth grade, he had been playing classical violin with the Austin College Symphony. This gig netted him a scholarship to North Texas State University and the chance to study music in depth. He subsequently played in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Sears moved to Nashville in 1975 and in the years that followed toured with Mel Tillis, Ray Price, Faron Young and Dottie West, among others, worked in Ralph Emery’s staff band and the Grand Ole Opry band and established the reputation he still holds as one of Nashville’s most revered session players.
Hey Kenny, Long time the album sounds great! Give me a shout sometime when you can. firstname.lastname@example.org thanks.
Hi Kenny! My wife and I seen you and the rest of the Timejumpers in Nashville back in Novembr. Then got to see you on the Marty Stuart show this morning on RFD TV when Jimmy C. Newmann was his guest. I jumped up and told my wife Eydie, look there is that fiddle player from the timejumpers! You are all so great! Hope to see you again in the future. Tim Carruthers, Watson, Illinois.
Kenny, Great Meeting You and, Thanks for taking time before your sound check at the State Theatre in Easton Pa.Hope to see the Fiddles You are Making.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for making it out to Chicago last night! I know we pizza and beef sandwich eaters aren't exactly known for being the biggest country music fans so the fact you even thought to come out here is amazing. I'm personally not a huge fan of country, (never was) but I was simply blown away but your library, your stunning musicianship and the sheer joy with which you play. Forget today's assembly line, manufactured pop country crap, what YOU do is where it's at! You've made a new Jumpers fan but more importantly, you've made a new fan of your genre, one who will continue to explore more about the rich musical heritage from which come from. THANK YOU and we will be seeing you again at the next possible opportunity!
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