From the Archives: Open Up by Ken Whiteley

Our From the Archives series, curated by PIO Songs Editor Val Smalkin, is a chance to dive into our rich and varied history of songs! Today’s joyful edition is by Canadian Roots Music Legend Ken Whiteley.

Ken Whiteley
Ken Whiteley

This song was featured in PIO! in the Winter of 1999.

Ken originally wrote and performed this song in 3/4 time. Later, he found a 4/4 zydeco beat fit the joyous spirit of the song and he used that for the recorded arrangement on his Acoustic Eclectic CD. He says he was “thrilled to discover that folks I don’t even know were singing “Open Up.” One of those folks is CMN member Sandy Sachs, who led the song in a swap at the People’s Music Network Gathering Last June (June of 1998). You can contact Ken about his songs and recordings here.

The Lead Sheet:

KWhiteley.Open Up.#31.Winter 1999


  1. Love love love this song! I’ve admired Ken’s work as a music producer for many years but have never heard this song. What a winner!

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