Kentucky native, Kenton Bryant, may have grown up with his two feet firmly in the state’s blue grass but his musical roots were planted deep in the sounds of legends like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles. In his teenage years you would likely find him in a garage, cranking up a Fender Vibrolux amp, banging away at the timeless songs of these greats.
As time rolled on, his love of artists who could deliver raw emotions with a classic edge grew, and so did the list of his musical influences. Keith Urban, later followed by Eric Church proved that this authentic approach would explode in Country Music. Kenton knew that the craft he had spent so much time honing - unique phrases wrapped around thoughtfully crafted lyrics, sitting on a bed of classic rock textures – could have a home in Nashville.
With no backup plan, Kenton uprooted his life and moved down I-65 south to pursue his dream of recording and performing music for a livelihood. His diligent work studying and crafting songs with hit-makers up and down Music Row paid off when in 2017, Kenton signed a publishing agreement with 50 Egg Music (Jonathan Singleton, Luke Combs) and Big Machine Music (publishing division of Big Machine Label Group).
In August 2018 Kenton delivered his debut, self-titled EP. The 6-track collection featured songs all written or co-written by Kenton including tracks, “Since You’re Gone” and “Out on a Good One.” Kenton can be heard strumming his old 1945 Martin, electric guitars and other various instruments on the EP which was recorded and played primarily by him and Singleton.
“We put a lot of time into this EP,” Kenton shares. “I wanted to give people a real idea of who I am and give somebody, somewhere music to drink to, groove to, love someone to and miss someone to.”
Meanwhile, Kenton and his band are traveling across the country. He has opened for artists ranging from legends like Willie Nelson to current Country Music superstars like Gary Allan and Kip Moore.
“We are building this thing from the ground up the hard way. That means hitting every city we can, playing, and hopefully making fans one-by-one along the way. Those hard-earned fans are the foundation of people that stay with you for years to come. I’m really looking forward to the ride, and I can’t wait to bring everyone along with me.”