Ken grew up in the mountains of Kentucky where he spent much of his boyhood in the deep woods. His home was in a coal company mining camp, complete with a company store. The gathering place for the local musicians was under "the big tree" and that was where, after observation, Ken taught himself to play guitar in a traditional folk style.
Ken's singing partner and wife, Leigh Goldsmith, is also a songwriter. Leigh spent her childhood in a small Pennsylvania town where she loved to walk along the country roads. She enjoyed singing harmony with her dad at home. In high school, she was part of a twelve-voice ensemble. Her songs convey the universal feelings of heart and home.