The McKendrees include Jason on banjo, Jessalyn on vocals and fiddle, Justin on vocals and mandolin, Ricky on guitar, and Ron Barnett on bass. Barnett, who joined the group in 2001, is a former member of Josh Williams and High Gear, Special Consensus, the Kentucky Wonders, and J.B. Taylor and Kentucky Tradition.
McKendree patriarch Ricky and his wife, Becky, raised their children to love music. Ricky claims that the family talent comes from his mother, Elizabeth, who occasionally joins the band on guitar and performs her own original songs. The McKendrees got their start performing at the Bethel Baptist Church in Western Kentuckys Marshall County. Their first CD, Travelin Back, was released in 2002.