Ken says, “Singing and playing violin with the greatest western singing group ever proves the old adage..times your fondest dream can come true.” When not working on his music Ken enjoys a variety of outside interests especially American history.
Ken’s family roots dating back to the American colonies has led to him becoming a member of the 19th Texas Infantry, a group of Confederate army reenactors .
As an accomplished guitarist, Randy not only supplies rhythm guitar but occasionally adds a riff or short solo.
He's the MC and also has been known to add an element of humor with one of his ad libs or impersonations.
Ken continues his diverse musical interests in the “off season” by joining the violin sections of several different symphony orchestras throughout Texas and Louisiana.
Ken’s interest in western music and particularly the Pioneers dates back to childhood when he became a fan after listening to his parent’s albums. As an adult he found himself falling deeper under the spell of Pioneer music and committed many of their songs to memory.
Dale Warren asked Tommy to take over a set of drums that was on stage during the first show.
By the week's end, Dale had offered Tommy a position with the Pioneers.
Tommy grew up in a musical family, his brothers Luther and Jack are both prior members of the Pioneers.
He's the only native Missourian of the group having grown up in Marshall and Blue Springs, Missouri. He admired Merle Haggard, Larry Gatlin, Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, James Taylor and guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan and James Burton.
Randy says that he always had great admiriation for the Pioneers songs, their style and their instrumentation.
Another significant tutor was Roy Lanham, perhaps the group’s best all-time lead guitar player.
Tommy says, "It's difficult to put into words how greatly honored I was to become a part of such a rich and impressive musical tradition." Over the years Tommy learned every other part to all of the songs in the Pioneers’ repertoire and now he teaches them to any new member or substitute.