Keith Baumann has been a professional musician and educator for more than 35 years. He began studying guitar and mandolin as a teenager on the east coast and later relocated to the bay area where he joined Heartland alongside members Alison Brown, Rob Ickes and Jim Nunally. In 1991 Keith moved to the Midwest and began touring with Greg Cahill's band, Special Consensus. Adding tenor banjo to his skill set, he began performing in traditional jazz groups and has worked with some of the region's top players including members of the Original Salty Dogs. Keith plays in numerous big bands on guitar and currently leads his own swing band, The Main Stem Orchestra. Also proficient on banjo and resophonic guitar (dobro), he has performed at music festivals throughout the United States and has been an instructor at several national music camps including, NashCamp, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Cape Cod Mandolin Camp. Keith has been teaching at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for over 15 years, and is a feature writer for DownBeat magazine; has also been published in both Guitar Player and Flatpicking Guitar magazines.