From Utica NY, music was a big part of Ed’s childhood starting with his Mom as a singer and Dad playing many instruments from accordion to guitar. Ed first learned the trumpet in 7th grade and by 9th grade found a love for singing and switched instruments to piano. It took one solo performance at Mt Carmel Church in front of fellow classmates and Ed was hooked on entertaining from then on. Ed found his instrument in his voice which gave him the ability to entertain anytime anywhere without instruments. Ed enjoys many genres of music, but Southern/Classic Rock are his favorites. A few of his influences include the music of Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Allman Bros, Kid Rock and so many others. Ed brings high energy, crowd engagement, and lots of fun to every show and simply loves to entertain. Ed's charismatic stage presence coupled with his bluesy raspy voice mixed with the talented musicians of EoK produces an incredibly fun, high energy, and entertaining show. At 18, Ed fronted his first his first cover band out of Frankfort NY. Some of the bands that Ed fronted over the years include Jumbo Crayon’s, Clean Up on Isle Three, My2Centz, and Henge. “Music is my fun; entertaining is my passion!”
From Philadelphia, Ron ‘Heavy Load’ Alig started playing at 16, driven and inspired by the strong bass lines that were so prominent in ‘70s rock and funk music. Bands like The Alice Cooper Group, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Rush, AWB, Ohio Players, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad and Chicago. Addicted to great riffs, good grooves, and high energy, Ron was immediately hooked on heavy and melodic Classic and Southern Rock and that is exactly what you will hear pulsing through every EoK performance. Ron locks into the rhythm’s tight spaces and delivers tasteful licks in all the right places; providing that essential ingredient needed to recreate the emotional and visceral response of the original song’s magic, transporting the listener back to the greatest era of Rock and Roll. Ron plays Rickenbacker, Music Man, and Fender 4-string basses, amplified by MarkBass and Hartke heads and delivered through Ampeg, MarkBass, and Epifani cabinets.
Also from Philly, Dave has been playing keyboards professionally on and off for nearly 50 years. Growing up in a musical family, he started playing accordion at age 5 taught to him by his dad. Dave later taught himself drums at an early age and began playing in bands initially as a drummer. Influenced by his older brother during his teenage years, Dave took up the Hammond organ and from there became a rock keyboardist. Self taught, Dave has played all styles of music including Rock, R & B, Country and Jazz Fusion, performed countless shows and has been a member of many working bands including classic rock band Swiftkick, R & B band The Chocolate Factory, show band Harmony, and original artist Richard Ivory. When not performing with EoK, you can find Dave performing with his Classic Rock duo Kat n Keys. Dave is also a composer of original instrumental music and has submitted numerous original works to Film and TV. Dave helps bring realism and authenticity to EoK's sound by covering his parts including signature solos note for note while also expertly capturing the sounds used by vintage keyboards in the original recordings. Dave ‘s influences include Donald Fagen, Gregg Allman, Billy Joel, Steve Winwood, Jon Lord, Rod Argent, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Chuck Leavell, and Billy Powell. Dave plays state-of-the-art Yamaha and Korg synthesizers and is happy he no longer has to lug around a Hammond B3 and Leslie cabinets.
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Kenny is a native of Rockville, Maryland and veteran of the DMV music scene. He is mostly self-taught, having dabbled in piano, bass and drums before switching to guitar at age 15. Kenny started playing professionally in bars by the time he graduated high school and has continued his music career ever since.. As a song writer, he has played his own music from New York to North Carolina and everywhere in between, even opening for John Legend in 2005. In addition, Kenny has performed with many of the top cover bands in the area including Uninterrupted, Devine Nature, Station 1201, Apex Rex, Velvet Jones, The Hedge Club, The Timmie Metz Band, Gypsy Rhoads and Nashville Bound. When not performing with the Earls of Kent, you can find him at local venues performing as a solo acoustic act. Kenny has played many different genres including Rock, Country, Blues, Reggae, R&B, Funk & Metal, which has enabled him to amass a cover song repertoire of over 500 tunes. Kenny's broad experience and professionalism coupled with his advanced guitar and vocal talent brings a high level of musicianship and authenticity to EoK's sound. Joining Earls of Kent has brought him full circle back to playing songs that he first learned as a teenager.
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Andrew is a professional guitarist, vocalist, and music composer who played with several highly successful original bands in Eastern Europe (Legend, Utopia, O-Zone). Among the most successful projects that Andrew participated in was the musical arrangements and accompaniment for the vocal trio O-Zone. Utopia and O-Zone performed across Europe for thousands of fans, and some of O-Zone's songs ("Dragostea din Tei" - aka "Numai Numai", "Pentru tine", etc.) were among the top 10 songs on the Eurochart. Andy is a well-known guitar teacher in both Europe and the USA. Andy received the "Best Guitar Guru" award in Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia 2000-2005. Andy moved to the US in 2005 and has been performing and recording with various bands such as Brian Fox, Celeste Starchild, McWorm, and others. Andrew wrote and recorded the score for an independent movie ("My Life in Dreams" by Luis Campos) submitted to the Sundance Festival. As a highly accomplished acoustic guitarist, Andy is a member of National Chamber Ensemble in Washington DC from 2010-present. Andy adds great versatility to the Earls of Kent by playing both lead and rhythm guitar as well as delivering exceptional lead and backup vocals.