Keith Baumann has been a professional musician and teacher for nearly 40 years. Picking up the guitar as a teenager, his passion soon led him to the mandolin, banjo, dobro, steel guitar and ukulele. Although his life-long obsession began with Bluegrass, Keith has expanded his musical vocabulary to include Jazz, Dixieland, Country, Western Swing and even Hawaiian music. Calling Chicago his home, he is both an in-demand sideman and respected bandleader.

Performer......

No stranger to the stage, Keith has enjoyed a lengthy career bringing his talents to venues and festivals throughout the United States. As a former member of The Special Consensus, he has toured the country as a bluegrass artist. While living on the west coast, he joined up with Heartland, alongside bandmates Alison Brown, Tony Furtado and Jim Nunally and also performing with Western Swing Hall of Fame member Don Burnham’s Lost Weekend Band. In 2006, Keith was invited to Texas to perform as a special guest at the Legends of Western Swing Festival. Maintaining a busy schedule, Keith continues to freelance with numerous groups as well as performing with his own bands, The Main Stem Orchestra, The Dixie Tornadoes, The Hard Times Bluegrass Band and Long Journey Home.

Keith has had the honor of performing with:

The Vassar Clements Band, Greg Cahill and the Special Consensus, Laurie Lewis, Peter Rowan, Patsy Montana, Johnny Frigo, Robbie Fulks, Tiny Moore, John Reischman, Rose Maddox, Bryan Bowers, Leon Rausch and The Texas Playboys, Joe Craven, Joel Gray, Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Miles, Jackie Allen.

Teacher.....

As an educator, Keith has discovered that sharing his knowledge with others is something he really enjoys. He has taught hundreds of students, many who have gone on to have professional music careers of their own. Working at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for nearly 15 years, he has offered both classes and private instruction on multiple instruments. He also maintains a schedule of private students both online via Skype and in person at his studio in Elmhurst, IL. His reputation as an accomplished teacher has led to invitations from several prestigious workshops and music camps throughout the U.S. Keith has taught for 4 years at Midwest Banjo Camp and will be on staff at NashCamp’s Bluegrass week in 2018. He has also worked at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Cape Cod Mandolin Camp teaching alongside Stacy Phillips, Kenny Smith, Buddy Wachter, Greg Cahill, Bill Evans, Don Stiernberg, Ivan Rosenberg, Marilynn Mair, Rich DelGrosso, Carlo Aonzo, Dick Smith, Butch Baldassari and Matt Flinner.

Author.....

Through years of performing experience and a life-long passion for stringed instruments Keith has developed a keen knowledge of the music industry which he has been able to share through his published writing. He is a regular feature writer for DownBeat magazine, contributing articles on instruments, amps, recording gear, and music technology. In addition to his features, he has written over 150 product reviews and had instructional pieces printed in both Guitar Player and Flatpicking Guitar magazine.