Born and raised in Southeast Missouri, Kent grew up listening to Ray Charles, Hank Williams Sr., Otis Redding, and many other musical greats. Inspired by an older brother who played piano, Kent began playing music in bands when he was eleven years old and continued through college playing keyboards. After graduating from college, he moved to Nashville and joined the Nashville music scene.
In 1982, Kent became the piano player for George Jones’ band, The Jones Boys. He was the band leader from 2005 until 2011. With 28 years of touring with George Jones, he has performed and appeared on: The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, Hee Haw, The Johnny Carson Show, The Jay Leno Show, The David Letterman Show, Huckabee, Late Nite with Jimmy Fallon, Austin City Limits, and George Jones’ own TNN show, “The George Jones Show.” Other artists Kent has worked for: Conway Twitty, Joe Diffie, Randy Travis, and Bobby Bare. As of June of 2011, Kent is no longer with George Jones.
Kent owns a recording studio, Digitracks Nashville and Digitracks Nashville Demo Service. In 2008, he produced a CD of musical narratives with major league veteran umpire, Joe West. He is currently working on a rockin’ country CD project with Jeff Keith, lead singer of the group Tesla, and Pat (the other) Boone.
Kent is also an ASCAP songwriter and has had songs recorded by several independent artists over the years. Some songs from his KDG Music publishing catalog can be heard on the “Songwriter” page.
You can hear Kent playing a variety of song styles on the grand piano at Angelo’s Bistro near Cool Springs Mall in Franklin, TN. He performs Thursday through Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m.