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Ken LaVoie: Solo Musician

Music for the neck down

Ken LaVoie is a solo guitarist & singer from the Waterville Maine area, available as a solo act. Ken can also be booked as an opening act. He plays songs from the genres of classic, modern and southern rock, plus new & traditional country. View Ken's setlist for a better idea of his style and repertoire. The simplest way to describe Ken's style is that he takes songs meant for a whole band, and tries to capture and deliver that energy using just himself and his guitar. No "campfire strumming" here. He especially likes to do songs that are normally difficult to pull off on acoustic guitar.
For more information, visit Ken's bio page, & listen to some of his music. Ken can also be reached directly at

Style & Vision:

"I remember playing for the band Cherokee years ago. From time to time, we'd give our lead vocalist a break and the band would do a couple of songs without him. I remember how hard that was to fill his shoes and make the band still sound full and have that "energy and magic" without him out front. I always admired that quality...the indespensible talent of single handedly entertaining, and that yearning has led me to give it a try."

My genre is basically a mix of music from my Dad's generation, through the 80's and 90's with a smattering of recent material. Classic rock, southern rock, & new & traditional country. Stones, Skynyrd, Clapton, Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffet, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown, Doobie Brothers, and of course, a little Willie n' Waylon and Johnny Cash. (see my song list for an idea). I am available for solo acoustic shows, including fundraising events.

My style is to honor the original song that I'm playing, as best I can. Most of my songs are intended for full bands. Solo acoustic musicians tend to focus on a good beat and smooth vocals. Having been a lead guitar player, I can't be satisfied just strumming. I like to add some dynamics, something to set me apart. However, it's just me and the guitar. No loopers, no harmonizers, drum machines, etc. That may change in the future, but for now I'm sticking with brutal (and hopefully powerful) simplicity.
Side Note: "Rock & Roll is music for the neck down" is a quote I read once in an interview with Keith Richards. I have always appreciated this sentiment. It implies playing from the "heart" ... nothing cerebral, all heart, soul and body, and this is the way I like it. I tend to overthink things in "real life", so music is my opportunity to get completely out of my head and feel the music.

Performance Schedule: 2024

  • Saturday July 13th, 6-9 PM: The 2 Cent in Winslow
  • Wednesday July 31st 3-4:30 PM: Taste of Waterville
  • Friday August 2nd, 6-9 PM: You Know Whose Pub
  • Friday September 13th, 6-9 PM: Waterville Elks (NEW venue)
  • Saturday November 23rd, 6-9 PM: The 2 Cent in Winslow

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Ken LaVoie, a solo musician for hire in Maine