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Ken LaVoie: Musician & Author

Ken LaVoie is a musician, vocalist & writer from Winslow, Maine and is available as a solo acoustic/electric act, opening act, or studio work on a very limited basis. Ken was the former Lead Guitar player for the country / southern rock band Rick West & Cherokee from 1997 to 2004. During that time, he won several state level awards, including Pine Tree State Country Music Association's instrumentalist of the year in 2000 & 2001, and was awarded the same prize internationally, through the Country Music Organizations of America at their American Eagle Awards in October 2000.

From 2004 to 2019 he stepped back from the music scene to start and manage several business ventures, with his wife Deb, and to be more available for their young daughter Elissa. Now, in 2019, Ken has decided to fulfill a life-long goal of performing solo.

For more information, visit Ken's bio page, song lists, & recordings of his music, which are updated regularly. Ken can also be reached directly at

Listen to some of Ken LaVoie's guitar playing & singing here


From Ken: Lately, I've been haunted by finding a lasting purpose and legacy through my music and writing. I've discovered that what really "juices me" is the thought of creating something that touches people, and makes them see life with a new perspective. After watching the DVD "Heart of Gold", which profiled some very passionate and emotional music by Neil Young, I've had a yearning to create something that speaks to people's souls--Music and words that cause people to drop their pettiness, anger, and smallness that their hearts are drowning in. I want to empower them to catch a glimpse of the light that we all "bury beneath the bushel" so often--namely our own quiet greatness. (What they do with this newfound enlightenment is their own business.)

But for now, I just played my first solo gig at The Pointe Afta, October 8th, and will be there every other Tuesday. My genre is classic rock, southern rock, country & country rock. See my showlist here. I'm semi-retired and don't have any desire to get too busy, but I am available for solo acoustic / electric shows.
For booking, please send an email with details or call (207) 873-9321, and I'll reply in a timely manner.

Book Updates:

Ken's latest book, Real Estate Rebel, is available in paperback, ePub, Kindle, etc. here. His first book, How to Star a Lawn Care Business a Whole New Way! is self-published by and is available at (Barnes and Noble ( as well as Hold Daddy's Hand is in the process of a complete rewrite and is unavailable for the moment.

Food For Thought:

"Without liberty, individual freedom, property rights–the ability to say, "I created this ... this is mine," our spirits shrink and anything more than mediocrity must be coaxed out by the point of a gun (literally and figuratively). We must preserve individual liberty and the right to keep the fruits of our labor, AND we must solve the problem of poverty and hunger; but we cannot do the latter at the sacrifice of the former, because we will have neither.--Ken LaVoie"
  1. The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.
  2. In psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality.
  3. That which says we are separate / Our "story"
  1. the vital principle or animating force within living things
  2. That which says we are one / Our "being"