Ken Valdez has been called “The Best Kept Secret” by well known/respected names in the industry. This guitarist/singer/songwriter is grateful for the title, however, it is one he wishes to break free from. Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, his love for music was apparent early on and it became his calling. In his own words, “…music was my first love. It has been with me from the day I was born and will stay with me until I die. Music is who I am. It is my everything.” So, at the age of 19, with guitar in hand, he set off on his musical journey.
Valdez’s debut album Approach caught the attention of legendary Muscle Shoals guitarist Wayne Perkins and Jon Langseth, Jonny Lang’s father. The pair convinced Valdez to move to Minneapolis, MN where they created his second album Every Little Lie. It was Valdez’s first major effort at working with some big names in the industry. The album met rave reviews and received critical acclaim.
Shortly after the release of Every Little Lie, Ken received an invitation to play lead guitar in Mick Fleetwood’s (Fleetwood Mac) solo project. The following year, Valdez released the acoustic album Thoughts & Time. It is the most ambitious and personal album he has made to date.
Currently, Valdez is working on new projects. He continues to tear up stages with both his electric band and acoustically. He has taken the reins of his musical vision. His collaborations with successful, multi-platinum selling, even Grammy winning songwriters, musicians and producers have refined his skills.
Valdez’s new work is raw, fresh and sharp. He has a rare blend of raw talent, sensitivity, and down-to-earth grittiness that gives his music a wide appeal. His vision, talent and drive have pushed the envelope on creativity and has developed another side to his already unique sound. The songs are real, the shows are riveting and Ken Valdez remains to be a must see, must hear experience. This “Best Kept Secret” won’t be a secret for long.
***** Ken Valdez has worked/shared the stage with:
Doyle Bramhall II, Gov’t Mule, Robin Trower, The Black Crowes, Cheap Trick, Wayne Perkins, Live, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Gin Blossoms, Steve Miller Band, Wolfmother, Paul Peterson, Nickelback, Greg Rolie (Journey & Santana), Big & Rich, Patty Griffin, Dave Alvin, Ricky Peterson, Greg Brown, Billy Peterson, Marc Broussard, Jonny Lang, Junior Brown, Jellybean Johnson, Michael Franti & Spearhead, James McMurtry, Al Green, Joan Osborne, Maceo Parker, Robert Cray, Estaire Godinez, Mofro, Michelle Shocked, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers, Corey Harris, Edgar Winter, Marshall Crenshaw, The Samples, Rick Springfield, Little River Band, Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland, BB King, Spin Doctors, Jeff Healey Band, Double Trouble, JP Delaire, Patty Peterson, Shannon Curfman, Eric Sardinas, Magic Slim, Ratt, Nazareth, Chris Duarte Group, Coco Montoya, Corey Stevens, Indigenous, Patrice Pike & Ian Moore.
***** Ken Valdez is endorsed by:
Bonepicker Amplifiers (Featuring the Ken Valdez signature amplifiers and The Ken Valdez signature “Crazy Horse” OD/Compressor dual pedal), Curtis Novak Guitars & Pickups (Featuring 2 Ken Valdez signature guitars), Maxon Guitar Effects & Keeley Electronics
DON’T MISS SANTA FE’S OWN KEN VALDEZ ON HIS SOUL RENEGADE TOUR
Skylight Santa Fe
139 w. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505