keith Baumann has been a professional musician 35 years. In the 1980s, he played in a group called Heartland alongside such notables as Allison Brown and Jim Nunally. In the 90s he began touring with Greg Cahill and the Special Consensus. He has also performed with Vassar Clements and currently leads the Hard Times Bluegrass Band. A multi-instrumentalist (Keith he plays banjo and dobro in addition to guitar and mandolin), Keith has performed at numerous major festivals and has been an instructor at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Cape Cod Mandolin Camp. He teaches at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and writes regularly for Down Beat magazine.