Ken Totushek introduces a new hymn of praise in Antalya, Turkey called "Heaven's Declaration", based on Psalm 19:1-4. You can hear the song, lyrics included at the link below...
For Ken Totushek, the music can just happen — the right place, the right people and the guitar comes out and a connection is made. In Japan, the Caribbean, at a school in the Middle East, in a Buddhist Temple...
Ken Totushek was playing a show inside a small club in Osaka, Japan, when a young man approached him in between sets. It was clear to Ken that the young man, a Japanese citizen, did not have much money, but he insisted that Ken, a tall, lanky American who wears wire-framed glasses and a short-cropped [...]
Videos—Live Performance, the first link has songs from my 2013 Japan Tour--please check it out...
Videos--Guitar Workshop sample
This is a great online resource for a wealth of musician/guitarist info.
They did a nice brief on Graceworks Music guitar reviews and sound samples.
04/05 reviews "Sweet Devotion--Heart" CD by Ken Totushek "Ken Totushek's album, Sweet Devotion, is a collection of acoustic guitar arrangements of hymns and spirituals as well as two originals by the artist. However, before you think this is "religious" music, please take the word of an agnostic music reviewer (a lapsed Catholic if you want to know the truth). These really are sublime and soul-warming instrumentals (there is no singing on this CD, although I think there is a vocal version of this album available). You'd have to have a heart of stone to not be comforted by Totushek's gentle and soothing way with these songs, as they gently unfurl with patience and unabashed open-hearted love..." full review here... by Bill Binkelman
5/18/02 reviews "Pilgrim Song" CD by Ken Totushek "Featuring the artist playing an assortment of acoustic guitars, as well as percussion, drums, bass and mandolin (and on one cut, synth strings), Ken Totushek's CD, Pilgrim Song, is a most pleasant and enjoyable way to spend seventy minutes..."full review here... by Bill Binkelman
1-3-02 Providence Journal write-up in "Band Spotlight" on Ken Totushek and new CD, Pilgrim Song "Every guitar tells a story" BY VAUGHN WATSON Journal Pop Music Writer
BAND SPOTLIGHT - Every guitar tells a story
Who he is: Ken Totushek, of Barrington.
What he plays: Ken Totushek is a guitar aficionado and it shows. In his new album, Pilgrim Song, his instrumentals tell stories using several styles of acoustic guitars.
"I wanted to do an instrumental and focus more on the acoustic guitar, and different acoustic guitars," Totushek says. "Different makes and different woods used have different tones. I wanted to make a CD that has a lot of variety in it, but still the acoustic guitar was the spotlight."
His arrangements on Pilgrim Song include the nuances of several guitar styles, including jazz, classical and folk.
Fire And Ice carries the pace and rhythm of a festival in Spain, where families gather to celebrate one another. Rebound and Twilight Serenade suggest a closer-to-home feel, a New England autumn in the vivid style of George Winston's seasonal ballads a vision of the bare trees that make us miss the colors once there.
Influences: Totushek's influences include Winston, James Taylor and other guitar instrumentalists. "Most of this music comes out of my own life experiences," he says.
Recording: Last November, Totushek released For Love of Christmas, with Pastor David and Anna-Lisa Madeira of Barrington Baptist Church. In 1994 he released For the Rest of Your Life, with Ken Totushek and Friends.
He wrote Pilgrim Song over four years - "there were a lot of ups and downs and emotions," he says. "Different songs will reflect some of that.
"Without lyrics, I wanted to try to convey a sense of what is going on with me at the time, but also hopefully it might evoke some kind of story for a listener. It may be a different story for you than it is for me. The songs do minister to people in a way, which is a goal and a prayer."
Fundraising: The proceeds from Pilgrim Song, released on his Graceworks Recording, go to Sept. 11 relief. "That really made it more meaningful in my mind," he says, "not just to release a CD that people can listen to, but to have it help families of victims of the attacks on Sept. 11."
12/13/01 article regarding Ken and his new CD, Pilgrim Song "Guitarist releases CD for Sept. 11 victims" By Ted Hayes