John Baumann

John Baumann

Years at MusicFest: 3
Releases: Proving Grounds (2017), Departures – EP (2015), High Plains Alchemy (2014), West Texas Vernacular (2012)

Hard-working, creative, and possessed of admirable humility and good humor, John Baumann likely would have seen success in whatever field he chose to ply his talents.  Fortunately for his many fans, he made the bold choice to try his hand at singing and songwriting. A San Antonio native who now calls Austin his home, Baumann tinkered with songwriting for several years before making the leap of faith to record a debut EP West Texas Vernacular in 2012.  Released with little fanfare, it still emboldened him to piece together a band and hit whatever stages would give him the chance.  He honed his craft on the way up, making connections within the business (not to mention with thousands of fans) en route to releasing his full-length 2014 album High Plains Alchemy and landing coveted opening slots at some of the state’s most revered venues.  At Gruene Hall, Floore’s Country Store, and the Nutty Brown Amphitheater, among many others, he has shared the stage with red-hot headliners like the Turnpike Troubadours and the Randy Rogers Band. Baumann has cultivated a gift for near-journalistic lyrical detail, leavened with humor and spiked with heartache.  His songwriting talents have garnered co-writes with artists including Pat Green, Cory Morrow and Wade Bowen. 2016 was a solid year, including a run of shows opening for Texas music’s ultimate hero Willie Nelson and laying the groundwork for his 2017 release Proving Grounds.  With his growing fanbase, John Baumann has become one of the newest links in the long chain of ambitious, progressive, and relatable artists that plays the singer-songwriter-performer game by their own rules.

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