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Mark Payne began playing the five string banjo in the 1980s, and formed a local organization known as the Bluegrass Boot Camp to help young musicians learn the basics of Bluegrass. He has performed with several bands in the regional area including: Heartland Bluegrass, and the Drunk Mountain Boys. With his hard driving banjo style, Mark won “Bluegrass Picker of the Year” honors several times at the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington. Mark is one of the finest, hard-driving five string banjo players in the regional area, and he sings lead and baritone vocals.
Ralph Doak, III (Sonny) retired from the Louisville Fire Department in 2013. He began playing guitar when just 10 years old, and was heavily influenced in music by his father, Ralph Doak Junior a professional singer, and his grandfather Ralph Doak Senior who played the guitar. Sonny grew up with the music of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers. He has performed professionally with Heartland Bluegrass, the Stone Hollow Band, and several other local bands. Sonny plays a strong rhythm and lead guitar, sings lead, tenor and baritone.
Fiddle player Jim Armstrong is a retired Coast Guard Officer, who became interested in Bluegrass music at an early age listening to the music of the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, and Bill Monroe on the Grand Old Opry. While serving in the Coast Guard in Virginia in the 1990s, Jim performed 5 years with an all Coast Guard Bluegrass band called The Charlie Noble Band, and 11 years with Hay Holler Recording artist New Dominion Bluegrass . Following his retirement from the military in 1998, Jim returned to Kentucky and performed for 13 years with the regionally known Bluegrass 101. Jim founded the Kaintuck Band in 2017, and in addition to playing fiddle he emcees, sings lead, tenor and baritone vocals. Jim is a prolific song writer having written close to 50 Bluegrass originals, and Kaintuck Band always includes several of Jim's original songs in every show.
Larry Franklin began playing music at the age of only 7, playing in a country band with his father, Frank, and lead singer Russell Legate. His father was a huge influence on Larry, and his Dad had previously performed with the iconic Louvin Brothers. In 1965 at just 14 years old, Larry formed his own band performing country music, and appearing around the Dayton, Ohio area, including appearances on WLW television in Dayton. Larry played football in high school and college, playing college football at Liberty University. Larry is a retired Chaplin from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, and now performs full time with Kaintuck Band. He is a welcome addition to Kaintuck Band, and we are grateful to have such an accomplished musician performing with us as we move toward the 2023 festival season.
Kaintuck Band's mandolin player, Bobby Parton, is a retired Captain with the Louisville Fire Department. Bobby grew up in the Louisville area, and now makes his home in the Hikes Point area. In addition to being a Louisville Firefighter for over 20 years, Bobby has been a mainstay in the music scene around Louisville most fo his life. Bobby began playing the mandolin at an early age, and he is an outstanding Bluegrass mandolin player. He has performed with may prominent musicians in the Louisville, Kentucky area, and Bobby joined Kaintuck Band in 2020. His mandolin picking provides a strong rhythmic chop, and hard driving "Monroe style" mandolin breaks during Kaintuck Band performances. Kaintuck Band is extremely pleased to have Bobby performing with us, as we go into the 2022 Bluegrass festival season.
Kaintuck Band formed in 2017, and is a hard driving traditional Bluegrass band based in central Kentucky, near Louisville. The band performs the music of the Masters including Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, Reno and Smiley as well as others. In addition Kaintuck Band prides itself in performing original music, with several band members being accomplished song writers. If you are looking for the real thing, look no further. Kaintuck Band performs at Bluegrass festivals, private parties, restaurants, and music venues throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and West Virginia. If you are looking for a professional act for you next music event, give Kaintuck Band a holler. We will work hard for you, and guaran-darn-tee you a professional, and family oriented show. For bookings or more information contact Jim Armstrong via text or call (502) 741-1355 or e-mail us at: KaintuckBand@gmail.com