Proto-Kaw is an American progressive rock band. Featuring Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren, the group is a reformation of a band formed in the early seventies which served as the direct precursor to Kansas.


In the early '70s, the band Kansas went through three transformations. The sound of the band changed along with the group members. The band Kansas was actually the third edition of the band; Proto-Kaw is the reformed second version.

Formed in 1971 and disbanding in 1973, "Kansas II" played mostly original material written by Kansas composer and guitarist Kerry Livgren. After Kansas II broke up, the group went their separate ways with Livgren reaching fame with the more-popular Kansas and the others assuming normal lives. Most did not have any contact with each other for 30 years and many did not play music during this time, until the reformation of the band through the "Early Recordings from Kansas 1971-1973" project. Proto-Kaw reformed later on, with "Before Became After" (2004) being the album they finally get to record.

The band released their second new CD in February, 2006, titled The Wait of Glory which features 12 new original songs from writer Kerry Livgren. Coinciding with the album release the band embarked on a European tour, bringing them to four countries in seven days.

Future plans

The band is allegedly in the studio recording their next effort, a collection of new tracks coupled with several previously recorded Livgren tracks interpreted by Proto-Kaw. The recording process began in May 2007; since then, there have been no updates on the album's development.

Band members

Initial band

Current band


Studio albums

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