Ken Gaines, Greg Whitfield, and Keith Rea In-The-Round


May 6, 2018

Keith Rea

Houston-based singer/songwriter Ken Gaines has the goal of writing great songs in just about every genre and style you can come up with.  His voice has the range to cover all styles and his supple guitar work lays down arrangements instead of just chords.  His lyrics are both powerful and poetic and highlight the skills of a story teller and observer of life. In 2005 he was voted Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music and in 2007 his song "Einstein's Violin" was nominated Song of the Year at the Texas Music Awards.  Ken is a regular at the Kerrville Folk Festival both on stage and around the song circles.  Since the Fall of 1998 he's produced and hosted the songwriter's series at Houston's legendary Anderson Fair. In 2010 he was featured in the documentary film "For the Sake of the Song, The Story of Anderson Fair" starring Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Nancy Griffith and a host of other performers who have graced the stage since 1969.  Ken has released two solo CD's and has cuts on a number of compilations.  Through the years he's worked on numerous other recording projects and written for stage and film.

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Ken Gaines at Arhaven House Concerts

Longview-based singer/songwriter Keith Rea brings a wealth of experience to the stage as well as a variety of styles and genres. From love songs to train songs, Keith’s lyrics conjure stories of people, places, and situations that feel both familiar and yet somehow fresh. His instrumental styling’s cover the landscape from finger picked ballads to raucous twelve bar blues. Keith travels throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at the Johnson City Folk Festival, a New Folk Regional Performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival.  Accolades include Texas Music Awards Nominee, East Texas Music Awards Nominee, and Houston Songwriter’s Association runner-up for song of the year and songwriter of the year.  Keith has released two CDs.

Austin-based singer/songwriter Greg Whitfield has a long history as guitarist for Kevin Fowler, Walt Wilkins, Bonnie Bishop, George Ensle, Byrd and Street, and others. In addition to being a fixture in the Austin recording scene, Greg’s songwriting continues to garner accolades - his song "You Don't Laugh Anymore" won the prize for best inspirational song and his song "I'm Yours" took top honors in 2009's Austin Songwriters Group Song Competition. No stranger to the live stage, Greg has performed at Live Aid, Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic, Austin City Limits Festival, and has shared the stage with Walt Wilkins, Kevin Fowler, Bonnie Bishop, George Ensle, Rusty Weir, and Ray Price.  Greg has released five CDs.

Greg Whitfield