Keith Beard

Fingerstyle Guitarist

Originally hailing from New Orleans, LA, Keith grew up in a family obsessed with music. He began playing guitar at age 10 after moving to Augusta, GA. His earliest influences were rock artists such as Metallica, Steve Vai, and Led Zeppelin. His music world changed after moving to Birmingham, AL where he was introduced to fingerstyle guitar at a Tommy Emmanuel concert. Fingerstyle guitar opened Keith’s eyes to a wide range of genres that included jazz, classical, and bluegrass. These diverse influences have cultivated a unique sound that is innovative, organic, and exciting.


Keith has been performing live concerts since 2013 including the Alabaster Cityfest, the Shelby County Arts Council, Moonlight on the Mountain, and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville, TN. He has also been the regular substitute guitar player for the Best of Birmingham band Act of Congress where together they performed at Workplay Theater and the Best of Birmingham 2016 celebration at The Club. He can also be found providing the ceremony music for Alabama brides throughout the year.

 

“the fleet-fingered guitarist is a fast and precise picker...But he's also a thoughtful songwriter, capable of creating instrumentals that move slowly and evoke a peaceful, easy feeling” - Mary Colurso of al.com