In the spring of 1974 John Paulsen and Keith Baker began performing together professionally and became known collectively as “Paulsen & Baker”. In the fall of that year they were joined by John Garvey and became “Paulsen, Baker & Garvey”. The band recently lost John Garvey to a more important job. We’ll miss John but we will continue as “Paulsen & Baker”

John Paulsen plays guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo, fiddle and harmonica. He is influenced greatly by James Taylor. John writes most of the original music that the band performs.

John hails from Geneva, NY and a family that loves to sing. Members of John’s family occasionally sit in with the band. He lives in Bristol with his wife. John and Helen have three grown children.

Keith Baker plays rhythm guitar and mandolin and some other rhythm instruments. Keith has also written a few of the original songs performed by the band.

Keith is from Niagara Falls and was influenced by his mother who sings classical soprano voice. Keith lives in West Henrietta, NY with his wife, Marlene. They have two grown children.

Both band members sing, and their harmony is one of the bands trademarks. And…their teasing and joking around with the audience (and with each other) is their other trademark. This humor creates a fun atmosphere during every performance.

The music of ‘Paulsen & Baker’ has been described as “Country”, “Folk”, “Rock n Roll”, “Bluegrass” and even “Buffoon” (comedy) but whatever they are, they want you to have a good time, so they are best described as “GOOD TIME MUSIC!”


For booking information, call
585 657-6950 or 585 359-4314

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