Keith Baumann has been a professional musician and teacher for nearly 30 years. He began his musical pursuits in New York City after hearing a Flatt & Scruggs album back in 1971, leading him to buy his first banjo. He also started playing mandolin, guitar and resophonic guitar, studying with banjo masters Tony Trishcka and Marty Cutler and with finger-style guitar guru Ken Perlman.
Keith currently makes his living as a full-time performer, bandleader, educator, and writer. He writes regularly for Down Beat jazz magazine and has had articles published in both Guitar Player and Flatpicking Guitar magazine. He is currently working on his second book, which documents the rhythm guitar style of western swing legend Eldon Shamblin. In 2006 he was honored to be invited as a special guest to the Legends of Western Swing Festival in Texas.