Growing up in southern Ohio, Kerry Kean was influenced by the music of the day, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to the Beatles, the Stones and Led Zeppelin. The guitar was the sound, and from the moment his dad brought home an old Harmony arch-top, he was hooked, spending endless hours and wearing out countless records learning songs and riffs.
Starting out with rock and roll, Kerry soon taught himself to play many other styles as well. Over the years, he has performed in various groups including folk trios, dance and show-bands, and jazz ensembles. For most of a year, he toured the country with the Parker Brothers, a national show group. At the same time, he has maintained a strong interest in acoustic finger-style and flatpicked guitar. Kerry gradually gathered a repertoire of blues, ragtime, and folk tunes, as well as writing his own songs, and in recent years this music has become a primary focus. While living in southern Ohio, He began performing as a solo act, and has shared a stage with artists like John Fahey, John Hartford, Nanci Griffith and others. In 1995 Kerry released “Guitarism”, a solo fingerstyle album which contains eight originals and two cover tunes and covers a wide range of musical territory.