Kevin Prater Band, Sons of Liberty


Lays Hardware for the Arts

413 Front St E , Coeburn VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

With echoes of Eastern Kentucky music styles, the hard-charging Kevin Prater Band sound evolved from a wide range of bluegrass and gospel influences including the original Seldom Scene, The Country Gentlemen, Osborne Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Red Allen, and The Stanley Brothers. The band’s performances feature a cappella hymns, straight ahead bluegrass, classic country and even vintage rock, giving audiences shows filled with an abundance of variety. The band includes Kevin Prater (mandolin), Danny Stiltner (bass), Tom Timberlake (guitar), Jake Burrows (banjo and dobro) and Adam Burrows (fiddle).

The Sons of Liberty are Joshua, Daniel, and Noah Smith, three young brothers from Jonesville, Virginia who have developed a unique presentation on triple fiddles featuring early violin and fiddle music from America’s colonial past. As serious students of music from the colonial era, they perform in a style that captures the feel of a bygone era, when violin music from Europe mingled with rough-hewn fiddle music on the frontier. The colonial era garb these three lanky youths perform in, and the spoken background they provide about the tunes, enhances the effect of the music in bringing alive the musical heritage that became the old time music we celebrate now along The Crooked Road. The Sons of Liberty are frequently featured musicians at Wilderness Road State Park, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and at other state and national parks in the Southeast.

Kevin Prater was born in Grundy, Virginia where he started learning to play at age 4. He has been a musician on fire ever since, performing in multiple bands in venues across the world. For 12 years Kevin performed as mandolin player for the James King Band, and as the banjo player with The Bluegrass Brothers before forming his own namesake band.

Danny Stiltner inherited a love of traditional music from his bass playing father Blake Stiltner and now plays bass with the Kevin Prater Band. Danny cites Tom Gray and Roy Husky Jr. as influences for his bass style. Danny also provides vocal harmonies on the band’s songs.

Tom Timberlake plays banjo and guitar with the band as well as singing harmony and lead vocals. Like Kevin, he toured with the James King Band and he was part of the well-known Lonzo and Oscar comedy team on the Grand Ole Opry for three years.

Jake Burrows is a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, Dobro and mandolin. His influences on banjo include a panoply of great artists from Earl Scruggs, to Ron Reno, to Sonny Osborne, to Ralph Stanley.

Adam Burrows, the band’s high energy fiddler has been playing since age 14 and like many of his bandmates, he is capable of making music on multiple instruments including bass, guitar and mandolin.