Lead & Harmony Vocals / fiddle
Ken Lattimore is acknowledged as of one of the best tenors in Western music, and for over 20 years his clear voice (and his fiddle playing) have delighted the Sons of the Pioneers’ audiences. Before joining the Sons of 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 country music in places as far-flung as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and a country music festival in Austria. He continues to pursue his diverse musical interests on occasion by joining the violin sections of several different symphony orchestras throughout Texas and Louisiana. Ken is also one of the formal musical scholars of the group, holding a degree in music from Texas Tech University.
Ken became a fan of Western music and the Sons of the Pioneers as a child listening to his parents’ albums, when the songs and beautiful harmonies roped him in. As an adult he found himself falling deeper under the spell of the Pioneers’ music and learned to sing many of their songs. On a fateful 1997 stopover in Branson Missouri Ken decided to approach Dale Warren and give him a demo CD. Although Dale was friendly Ken did not expect to hear anything more. To his surprise he got a call from Dale the next day suggesting he audition for a place in the band. After learning assigned parts to half a dozen songs Ken returned for the audition and got the nod. Ken says, “Singing and playing violin with the greatest Western singing group ever proves the old adage: at times your fondest dream can come true.”
Ken lives in Marshall, Texas. When he’s not working on his music he enjoys a variety of outside interests, especially American history. Ken’s family roots dating back to the American colonies have led to him become a member of the 19th Texas Infantry, a group of Confederate army reenactors, and he has “fought in battles” with them at Gettysburg and other locations across the country.