Jimi Hendrix was the main reason I became a musician. I saw his performance in the film "Woodstock", and from then on, I knew what I wanted to do.
Rock n' Roll! I originally began playing guitar around 1982. In 1983 I met Lynn Ingle and we formed The Oath, one of the most enduring and successful bands from Greenville, S.C.

I was the original guitarist for the band up until 1993. We released three independent albums during this time. "Broken Promises", "Promise Fulfilled", and "Grunge Rock Lives" These releases sold well, considering they were all independent efforts. In 1993, I switched to bass guitar after the band had no luck finding a suitable replacement bassist. I enjoy playing guitar and bass, so the switch was fairly easy. In 2003, I switched instruments again, this time playing lead guitar and guitar synthesizer. I also have done studio work and projects with other bands and musicians.

I've produced, arranged and mixed music, and recorded as a studio musician. I also run the live sound for The Oath. I'm proud that The Oath has been so successful, and the future for the band is even more promising.  

Musical Influences:

Jimi Hendrix
Gene Simmons
Ted Nugent
Jimmy Page
Angus Young
Ace Frehley
Tenacious D 

Favorite Movies:

Apocalypse Now
Pulp Fiction
Enter The Dragon
Sling Blade

Favorite TV:

Beavis and Butthead
The Simpsons
South Park

A Loyal And Proud Fan Of:


I've added this REVERBNATION PLAYER to provide a sort of musical "anthology" to the page. These songs were recorded anywhere between 1985 and 2009. The player includes originals and covers, and some live recordings as well. There are also some projects I recorded outside of THE OATH. On these songs I might be playing guitar, bass, or both...but I'm in there somewhere. It's an unorganized history into my warped musical career.


Ken Swanger Related Websites: 

THE OATH's Facebook Page

Ken's Facebook Page

Ken's Reverbnation Page

Ken's GT-6