Maine Guitarist Ken LaVoie
Guitarist, singer, songwriter, author
CMOA Eagle award competition in Las Vegas.
- Kenneth F. LaVoie III
- Born: 9-20-1965 in Providence, R.I.
- Instrument: Guitar
- Favorite Band: Rolling Stones
- Favorite Musician: Keith Richards
- Influences: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Brent Mason, Ry Cooder
Pine Tree Country Music Organization
- "Instrumentalist of the Year" - 2000 & 2001
- "Modern Country Band" 2000 & 2001 (as lead guitar for Cherokee Band)
- "Modern and Traditional Country Band" - 2001 (as lead guitar for Cherokee Band)
- "Modern and Traditional Vocal Group" - 2001 (as lead guitar for Cherokee Band)
Country Music Organization of America
- "Instrumentalist of the Year - United States" - 2000
- "Rising Star, New Country" - 2000 (as lead guitar for Cherokee Band)
Ken LaVoie began playing guitar when he was ten years old, focusing on old folk tunes, beach boys and Elvis. In 1977, Ken moved to Rhode Island with his Dad who bought him his first guitar (Yamaha FG-110), and introduced him to the more emotional overtones of the blues and rock and roll. "Music for the neck down."
Ken remained a "closet musician" until 1997 when an employee of his lawn care company asked him to join the country band he was in, called "Cherokee". He then spent the next 2 years transitioning from rock n roll and blues to the twang of country, trading in his Stratocaster for its simpler but twangier cousin the telecaster.
Cherokee continued its stealthy climb, gaining popularity and winning many state-level music awards from the Pine Tree State Country Music Association. In 1999, & 2000 Ken won "instrumentalist of the year" from the same organization and was given the chance to compete, along with the Cherokee Band, in Las Vegas at the Country Music Organization of America's annual competition. Ken won "instrumentalist of the year" on the international level, which was his "crowing achievement". It was while in Las Vegas that he also met his future wife, and the love of his life, Deb.
Soon thereafter, he took a hiatus to raise his daughter with his wife Deb. Now, in 2019, Ken is back on track, polishing up his solo gig and playing the part of a semi-retired entrepreneur on his "second act". His retirement plan? He plans to play and sing.
Ken also operates Central Maine Web, which specializes in template-web design, SEO, and hosting services. In early 2009, Ken and Deb opened Southern Angel Properties, an apartment rental business which is their primary activity now, along with authoring several business-related books.