Kid Naknek / Bio

The Kid grew up along the muddy banks of the Naknek River. He had a rambunctious upbringing learning the ways of the land in a harsh and isolated territory. As a young man seeking adventure, he travelled up the Kvichak river to Iliamna Lake; the ghostly tales that haunted the lands didn’t bother him much. While there, he continued to live off the land as he had learned from his upbringing. He spent months, no, years focused on roots country music. He was honored to have played with some of the most famous Elders in the region who shared his enthusiasm for classic country music. However, most days were spent playing only for his old dog, all the while staring out at Lake Iliamna’s ever-changing waters.

Few years later, the kid found himself ready for a new adventure. He went north to the interior of Alaska and put in his time working on the Trans Alaska Pipeline; giving back to his great state. Again he was in an isolated territory and, for the most part, playing music alone in a cold and dry cabin staring out over the Clearwater River. But this time he had to brave the most brutal winter seasons he had ever come to meet. It was while in the Interior Kid lost a close friend. The loss of his best friend and companion for the past 6 years was reported to be the hardest times the Kid has ever suffered.

Always paying his own way, Kid has worked 15 hour days since he was 14 years old. Although his years of isolation, hard work, and heavy losses has contributed to his taste for blues, the Kid reported he’s been listenin’ to the blues since he was still in his daddy’s sack. His rough and rowdy past has kept the fire burnin’ and given him a passion for classic country music. Kid is reported to be single, hard working, and family oriented.

His rambunctiousness and wanderlust landed him in Anchorage in 2009 to finally get a taste of city life. It took him less than a year to team up with the Mushroom Cowboys.

General Info

Band Members
Mushroom Cowboys: Coot, Kokomo Joe, Big Ugly, Good Time, Nichole Soul, George, Wes, Ike
Artist Name
Kid Naknek
Profile Page
Active Since
Blues / Rock / Acid Country

Contact Info

Anchorage, AK
John Donkersloot