Mandolin Whiz & Kansas native
Raised on a steady diet of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and Tony Rice, this Kentucky native fell asleep many childhood nights with an ear next to the family hi-fi. As a result, Kenny White cinched the Kentucky State Banjo Championship at age 14. At the University of Louisville Music School, Ken studied with the late, great jazz guitar icon Jimmy Raney while continuing to record, perform and tour with bluegrass luminaries such as Vassar Clements and New Tradition. He has written arrangements for and performed with the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra and the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. After stumbling into the Kansas prairie 16 years ago, he has been a featured performer with many regional groups such as Big Twang, Nouveau Quintet and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Over the years, his multi-instrumental prowess can be heard on countless recordings. Most recently, his original compositions, co-written with his wife, Robin Macy, are inspired by the bountiful patch of earth they call home: Bartlett Arboretum in beautiful Belle Plaine, Kansas.