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.By this time he had added guitar and drums to his resume.When not out on the road he worked as a back-up in the recording studio for country greats like Johnny Duncan.
Before joining the Pioneers, Ken had a rich experience in a variety of music genres ranging from singing lead tenor in Gilbert and Sullivan productions to performing in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and a country music festival in Austria.
Luther was with the group for over 45 years and served as the trail boss before Tommy.
His first instrument was the violin which he perfected in Beaumont Texas high school earning the honor of “first chair”.
Dale and Luther started teaching Tommy the harmony and finer parts of the tenor position.
It didn't take long because Tommy and his family had been performing Western music for years.