Born and raised in Northern California, Keith has traveled and lived throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. His music has been deeply influenced by his work with Native American and Latin cultures, and the scope of his songwriting evokes a feeling that is uniquely western in spirit. In 1997 he was named a winner at both the New Folk Song Writing Competition in Kerville, Texas and the Napa Valley Folk Festival in Northern California.
Keith first started gaining attention on the national music scene in 1989 as a principal songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the groundbreaking trio City Folk. The group, known for its powerful blend of lyric, harmony and instrumental virtuosity, quickly became one of the prominent new folk acts in Northern California, winning the San Francisco Best of the Bay music award and having their music paired with Bruce Cockburn and Buffy Saint Marie on a compilation CD to benefit Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier.
In the six years City Folk were together the group released two nationally acclaimed CDs and contributed to numerous national and international projects and recordings. Their music still remains a favorite among audiences, DJs and club owners throughout the folk community.
In the two years that followed Keith took time out from the road to immerse himself in the birth of his first child and to redefine his musical direction. Then, in 1996 Keith was asked to help design and oversee the development of a multi-cultural music and wilderness festival in British Columbia. It was an experience that found Keith living and performing in Canada for a period of time, working with various channels of the Canadian music industry, and building strong artistic ties with Cree and Blackfoot teachers, dancers and singers that have become the center of this annual event.
Upon returning to California, Keith began recording his first solo release, Wind River Crossing. Released in September 1997, Wind River Crossing is a rich engaging piece of work that reveals something new with each listening. Form its sweeping title cut to the award-winning finale North to South East this album resonates with the power of the land and the spirit of humanity, a seamless weaving of depth, imagery and passion that Keith has become notorious for.
Keith's newest release, Back to You, couples Keith with the Bay Area band Water. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Dayan Kai, Water brings an uplifting, full acoustic/electric blend to Keith's music, reminiscent of Jacksone Browne, CSN or The Eagles. Vocal harmonies between Dayan and Keith add a rich and compelling element to these instantly engaging songs. Back to You is sure to become a classic among old Keith fans as well as new ones.
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1. Waiting for the Rain
2. Blue Flame
3. They Say Time
5. Red Wine Again
6. Rag Bag
7. Back to You
8. Glad You're Here
9. River Banks
10. Moon is Shining