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The Kenastons perform throughout the Midwest and are available for bookings in your area no matter the distance, occasion, or size of venue. Roger, Sharon, Vanessa and Bobbi Jo would be glad to entertain you and help you celebrate life.
Who are the Kenastons?
The Kenastons are family. Not only to each other, but to all their friends and musicians they consider as family. Five generations of Kenastons have entertained and shared their talent on stage. Beginning with Great-Grandpa Kenaston, Dewey, who played drums; Grandpa Kenaston, Bob, who played fiddle and other instruments; and on to Bob’s children, Roger & Vanessa; their kids and grandkids. Roger and Vanessa’s mother, Arvilla, was also a musician and played lap steel for the family band. Roger’s daughter, Bobbi Jo is the drummer with the band and does a fine job of singing lead and harmony vocals. Roger’s wife, Sharon (Harre) Kenaston, is the upright bass player and lead singer. Click on the links below to learn more about the Kenastons.Click Here to Learn About The Kenastons in South Texas 2019/2020
Roger is an outstanding musician, playing pretty much anything with strings and a little bit of piano when the mood strikes. He’s a multi-award winner in various contests for Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Fiddle and Vocals. He’s a member of the National Traditional Country Music Association Hall of Fame and has again been nomiated for 2019 BMAI Dobro player of the year. In addition to his musical talents, Roger spent many years working as a mechanic and over the road truck driver. He can fix anything that has a motor or moving parts. He loves old cars, old tractors, antique garden tractors, animals and his family. Roger’s daughter, Bobbi Jo, soon to be Mrs. Randy Faaborg, has three kids, Shelbi, Shelden and Stetsen. Soon Shelbi will be adding a great-grandson, Kaesin, to the family. Bobbi Jo is an LPN, ambulance transport driver and all around hard working mother, rancher and farmer. Randy is a Deputy Sheriff and owns a mobile communications company. Roger’s son, Marty, and wife, Jennifer (Fitch), have four kids, Alison, Lindsay, Katelynn and Brianna. Marty is an over the road truck driver and Jennifer is a 2nd grade teacher.He is currently enjoying his “semi-retirement” as he hauls grain for the neighbor. His hobbies include restoring classic automobiles and tractors and playing music. See the image gallery below for some of our favorite Roger pictures.
Vanessa is one of the most awarded vocalists in Nebraska, having won dozens of International, National, Regional and Local Country Music contests beginning in the 70’s. Besides being a powerful singer, she’s also been awarded for her guitar and mandolin picking. She mostly plays rhythm guitar for the band but can occasionally be seen playing the upright bass or drums. She’s a member of the NTCMA Hall of Fame, a nashville recording artist and is often seen on RFD-TV’s Midwest Country Show.Her full time work is as a cattle rancher on the Kenaston home place in North Central Nebraska. The ranch that she operates has been in the family for over 125 years. She’s one tough gal, often wranglin’ calves twice her size, plus ropin’ and ridin’, feedin’, fixin’, fencin’, hayin’, doctorin’ and doin’ whatever it takes to keep the cows fat and happy. The cow-calf operation keeps her busy year round from calvin’ in the spring, movin’, workin’ and sortin’ cows and hayin’ through the summer, to feeding in the winter. She’s a cuttin’ horse riding champion, loves to fish and spend time with family.Vanessa has two sons. Clifford and his wife Brittany have two girls, Bailey and Mia. Clifford also helps his mom on the ranch and has his own cattle herd and custom haying business. Brittany is an RN at the Bassett, NE hospital. Vanessa’s second son, Jesse, is on the run helping his mom at the Kenaston ranch, his dad at the Heese farm & ranch and he also has a guided hunting service for birds, big game, small game and preditors. Click on this link for more information about guided hunting packages from H and H Hunts.Vanessa loves the outdoors, is an expert in animal husbandry, has a green thumb and a love for gardening and flowers. Though she’d like to slow down and do more fishing, she stays busy all the time tending to her cows, more like pets, and all her other critters. See the image gallery below for some of our favorite Vanessa pictures.
Sharon, well, that’ me, so let me tell you a bit about myself. I have loved country music since I was very young and was allowed to tag along with my parents to dances whenever I could. I started playing guitar when I was 15 and was singing and playing bass in a band when I was 16. I first met the Kenaston family in 1987 when I attended my first music festival in Ainsworth, NE. It wasn’t until 1994 that I would start dating Roger and we were married in 1995 making June 17, 2020 our 25th wedding anniversary. Like my talented family and friends, I have a few accolades, trophies and honors including membership into the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame. I’ve been employed in office type jobs and some unusual jobs over the years such as lawn care office management, janitorial service management, rural newspaper delivery, pizza delivery, sewing inspector, hotel reservationist, photo developer, insurance office assistant, bookkeeper, typesetter, full-time care giver, funeral home office manager and more. I’ve been the director of the Wahoo Country Music Show for 23 years, have published newsletters, designed websites, recorded, mixed and mastered audio recordings and created artwork for publication. In 2014 I became a full time college student and earned an Associates Degree in Accounting in December 2015. I’m a technology geek, I recently discovered I love to paint and do crafty, creative things, I enjoy walking barefoot in the grass and planning the next event or gathering of friends.You’ve probably already read about the Kenaston family and know Roger has two kids and seven grandkids with a great grandson on the way very soon. I do not have any children of my own, only Roger’s wonderful kids. I come from a rather large family, the youngest of six, and my dad was one of 15, my mother was one of 12. So, there’s lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews in my life and the family continues to grow exponentially. When I’m not, planning, preparing, promoting or preserving music, I am an avid sports fan. I especially love Husker football and volleyball but enjoy watching just about any type of sporting event. I love being with family and friends, playing board games, exploring new technology and going South for the winter to play music and escape the cold and snow. Click the image gallery below for a few of my favorite Sharon pictures.
Bobbi Jo is the happy little drummer with the band when she’s not busy wranglin’ kids, hospital patients or cows. She adds plenty of delightful lead and harmony vocals and occassionally you’ll find her playing the upright bass or rhythm guitar too. She is often requested to drum on recording projects and at festivals with more entertainers than she can count. She has been an LPN at Valley County Health for many years. In addition, she is on-call for patient transport by ambulance to larger hospitals, she has a few critters to take care of, she helps the neighbors with cattle and farming, and she’s one fantastic mother to her three kids, Shelbi, Shelden and Stetsen. The neighbor kids and school pals know their loved as much at Bobbi’s house as they are at home.Bobbi is engaged to Randy Faaborg with a wedding being planned in the Spring of 2020. Randy is a deputy sheriff and has been an awesome dad to the kids. And, he’s all about the music, being a John Phillip Sousa award winner in his high school days. Shelbi is expecting a baby in October 2019. She’s a lovely young lady, very intelligent, very resilient, and will be an incredible mother. Shelden just graduated from high school last spring and he’s been offered several jobs as everyone knows how nice of a kid he is, how tough he is, how hard he works and how much he knows about mechanics, farming, cattle and all things rural. Stetsen is learning all he can in school, working for his dad on occasion and is constantly using his big heart to make sure everyone else is doing ok. Bobbi has been blessed with a great fiance and awesome kids.Taking care of everyone has been Bobbi’s thing for a long time so it’s no wonder she’s in the medical field. She’s an excellent cook and baker, loves to hunt and fish, and always shows her beautiful smile. If there were such a thing as free time, she’d spend it cooking and taking care of her family, just like she does every day. Click the image gallery below for some of our favorite Bobbi pictures.
Roger and Sharon spend most of the winter, from early December through the middle of March, in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Over the years they have worked with their favorite friends and musicians to provide some of the best, live, dance music in the valley. They most notably have worked Wednesday’s at the Riverside Club Event Center in Mission and Thursdays at Winks (now Mel’s Honky Tonk) in Brownsville. Through their performances in the Midwest and the Rio Grande Valley, they have enjoyed a dedicated fan base, affectionately referred to as The Rowdy Bunch. These friends are often in attendance at every possible performance. The Kenastons have been Valley Star Award nominees for Country Band of the Year several times and are scheduled for numerous performances, shows and dances in the valley this season.The Kenastons will again be working with local talent, Epi Martinez on drums and vocals. Epi is a local legend in Texas Cojunto Music, playing Bajo Sexto, Drums and various other instruments in the local, traditional style. He started his music career at 8 years old playing drums in his mom and dad’s traditional country dance band and enjoys spending the Winter Texan season playing drums with the Kenastons and singing along with some of his favorite old country songs. Epi is a remarkable entertainer and the crowd always enjoys Epi’s mother, Cruz, who occasionally joins him on stage for a South Texas flavored country tune or two.New band member for the 2019/2020 season is, Mike Hughes of Oregon, MO. A multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist, Mike will add his vocals on some of the best traditional country dance music along with old time rock and roll and rock-a-billy tunes. He’ll be playing rhythm guitar for the Kenastons this season but will also offer his work on bass and lead guitar from time to time. Recently, Mike was awarded “Honky-Tonk Music CD of the Year” for his recording, “To Make An Angel Cry”. He’s currently recording another album which is certain to be well received. Dedicated to traditional country dance music, Mike is looking forward to working with the Kenastons in the valley this season.Also throughout the winter, other friends and family will join in as their time permits. Roger’s sister, Vanessa, plans to be in the valley for a couple weeks mid-season if she can get away from feeding her cattle for a little while. Stay tuned to the website and schedule for updates and details of special performers and added performances. We’re available for additional bookings this season and next and we’re willing to cover for last minute cancellations, or know someone who can. We are dedicated to promoting ourselves with advertising, flyers and fan support. Give Sharon a call to check for availabilty anytime at 402-936-0638.