His music, writing, and public performances are characterized by a down home connection that is indeed rare. He is a third generation Montanan, and is truly making a mark on America's entertainment. Both Ken's recording and writing have been very prolific. Having written about half of the music he's recorded, there are currently eight CD's in his Bear Valley Records catalog. His CD Montana Cowboy was named Cowboy CD of the Year by True West Magazine. His first book, Yesterday's Yarns, was published in 2003 and quickly went into several successive reprints. He's authored four popular books of short stories to date, with the latest release, Sittin' Round the Stove, Stories From the Real West, garnering the Will Rogers Medallion Award in the Fall of 2009.