In a past life Keith was a widely traveled blues-folk-americana-etc
guitarist-singer. He plays dobro, harmonica, & blues mandolin. Born between Chicago and the Mississippi delta at
the crossroads of the Illinois Central and Wabash railroads this Illinois native performed for many years in
the midwest, opening shows for performers including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Delbert McClinton
and many others.
When he relocated to central New York in 2001 Keith continued his dedication
to the blues and recently opened for Roomful of Blues, Jorma Kaukonen [Hot Tuna],
Shemekia Copeland, and Bobby Blue Bland. In 2005 Keith won the Downstate New York
Blues Asociation Acoustic Blues Challenge and advanced to Memphis to perform in
the International Blues Challenge in January of 2006.
In 2007 Keith relocated to Nashville, TN to be at the center of
the singer-songwriter universe. In 2008 Keith was chosen to be a
featured writer at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass Songwriter
Showcase with a song called "Learning How To Be A Better Fool".
In 2008 Keith wrote a song called "Rest In Peace" that was in the
soundtrack of the Mark Roberts play "Where The Great Ones
In 2009 Keith produced EPs for Kayla Brown and for a
Nashville songwriter duo named Julie & John Pennell [including
Sam Bush on mandolin]. John Pennell has many cuts by Alison
In 2010 Keith was again a featured writer at the IBMA World Of
Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase held in Nashville with a new
song he wrote called "We Lived To Love".
In 2010 Keith released a CD of new original songs titled "calico". It's americana-roots-country-folk-rock-blues-etc. Check it out on his
Also in December of 2010 the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society
presented Keith with an Honorary Membership for his many years
of performance and dedication to "The Blues" in Champaign-
Urbana, IL. Here's the
PCBS Honors Keith page.
In 2012 Keith placed two of his songs "Grace Under Pressure"
and "HOME" in the soundtrack of "Abel's Field" a feature film
starring Kevin Sorbo and in 2013 Keith recorded another
americana-folk-rock-country CD titled "sky songs".
In April of 2016 Keith did a string of gigs in New Orleans and as
the natives like to say 'caught the NOLA bug' so he moved there
in July of 2016 and is currently playing gigs and diggin' the
incredibly rich and diverse music scene where the blues are alive
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For some recent examples of Keith's great writing,
check out symposium in blues, talkin' blues
or a guitar named bill
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Last Updated 08/02/2013
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