Find the Spirit (CD) - Robert Aumann Band

Find the Spirit - In certain cultures, a spirit animal refers to a spirit which helps guide or protect a person on a journey and whose characteristics that person shares or embodies.

‘Mine is known as the red-tailed hawk; he’s a bird of prey.

His piercing eyes take in the view and guides me on my way.

I sense your presence as we draw near, on a fence, sky or tree.

I know you are my kindred spirit; like a brother you are to me. ‘

  • The Hawk (song lyrics)


The Band-

Robert Aumann - vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica

Rick Hayes- lead guitar, mandolin, bass, drums and vocals

Bob Kennedy – keyboards

Deb Ohlinger – vocals

Steve Hogsed – vocals

Ashley Rajczak  - vocals

Fran Tesorero – vocals  

Love & Memories (CD) - Robert Aumann Band

When we started to pull together songs for this album we realized the first couple songs we wanted to record were love songs written by others. Then we found a couple songs that brought back fond memories for us.  And, while we write and record original songs, there are a lot of great songs that have been part of our lives. That is when we got the idea for Love & Memories.

As we bring an end to the hard work of creating this CD we realized that there are some family members that have brought us ‘Love & Memories’ who are no longer around to enjoy our music. We would like to mention them here- Kay and Wally Aumann, Mel and Mary Stauffer and Green Hayes.

We hope these songs will create fond memories for you.  

The band

Robert Aumann – Vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica

Rick Hayes – lead guitar mandolin, bass, drums

Bob Kennedy – keyboards

Maria Carrelli – vocals

Steve Hogsed- vocals

Deb Ohlinger- vocals

Lucy Teller - vocals

Jeff Gaither-vocals (not Jeff Bullock as stated in the liner notes - Sorry Jeff!)

Patchwork - the fabric of life (CD) - Robert Aumann Band 

 Life is truly like a patchwork quilt. It is made of all these random pieces collected from our daily life that are meticulously fitted together to create a single useful item. The final object, the quilt, a thing of beauty, warmth and comfort, is unquestionably more than the sum of all those pieces. 
These songs are the random pieces– The sunny days and rainy days; the heartbreaks and the love stories. There are the moments and the memories; the people who our pass through life and leave their footprint on our soul – they are the fabric of life.

The band:

Robert Aumann - Vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Rick Hayes - Lead guitar, mandolin, bass, drums
Bob Kennedy - Keyboards 

Matt Aumann - Lead guitar on Cactus Jack 
Maria Carrelli - Vocals
Steve Hogsed - Vocals
Irl Hees - Button box concertina

Quiet Edge of Town (CD) - Robert Aumann Band

When Rick (Hayes) and I first discussed this CD I envisioned a “folksy” acoustic album. Rick had a vision of much more than a couple guitars and mandolin. So we added the rest of the band and we just kept going. I believe we brought together some great talent and created memorable music.

The band:

Robert Aumann – Vocals, Rhythm guitar, Harmonica
Rick Hayes – Lead guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Drums
Courtney Reeves – Vocals
Bob Kennedy – Keyboards
Jim Aumann – Additional Harmony

Band BIO:

Bob Aumann – Bob has been playing off and on since he was a kid and has passed through several genres including folk, bluegrass and acoustic rock. Along the way he has tried his hand at different instruments, but has always felt most comfortable on acoustic guitar. Bob has preformed primarily as a solo or duo act.

Rick Hayes – Rick has been playing in bands professionally since he was a teenager. He too has pasted though many genres; rock, punk, country and bluegrass. This includes a few years of playing mandolin with the Gibson Brothers. Each phase allowed him to develop new skills on different instruments. This would serve him well when he decided to give up the road and build a recording studio in Cincinnati. He was the founding member of The Nightflyer Band.

Bob Kennedy – Bob has been a part of the Cincinnati music scene for over thirty years. His advice and expert keyboard work helps define the sound of the band.

Steve Hogsed - (Patchwork) (Love & Memories) (Find the Spirit) Steve normally plays and sings as a solo performer. Fortunately he decided to join us on our last three albums. 

Maria Carrelli -  (Patchwork) (Love & Memories) - Maria can be found playing in local clubs and across college campuses.  she is happy singing and playing guitar alone but likes to add fiddle and banjo to the mix. 

Deb Ohlinger - (Love & Memories) (Find the Spirit) - Deb is a local singer/songwriter and very active around Cincinnati. You can find out more about her at 

Lucy Teller - (love & Memories) - Lucy is a young up and coming talent, singer/songwriter. We hope she will continue to be part of the band. keep your eye out for her.

Jeff Gaither - (Love & Memories) - Jeff is a local musician. You might catch him at the Masion Hill Tavern. he is also a singer/songwriter.

Irl Hees - (Patchwork) - While Irl has graced this album with his talents on the 'button box', he is known in the bluegrass world for his work on the stand up bass (almost 40 years). He has played at venues such as  The Grand Ole Opry, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, Music City Roots, Larry's Country Diner just to name a few.  A couple musicians and bands he has been involved with include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Chris Jones and the night Drivers, The lonesome River Band, Roy Rogers Jr. not to mention years as a session musician. He has currently teamed up with Cincinnati's Clay Hess in the Clay Hess Band.   

Matt Aumann - (Patchwork) - Matt is Bob's son and has been involved in music since he was a youngster. He has had formal training on several instruments. He plays guitar and bass for fun. 

Courtney Reeves – (Quiet Edge of Town) - Courtney has been singing her whole life. Most of her experience comes in the form of formal training singing in choirs. She currently accompanies herself on ukulele and piano.

Jim Aumann - (Quiet Edge of Town) - Jim is Bob's brother. They have a long history of music together. Jim has played keyboards in several bands. He was in a band called Jade that put out an album called “Faces of Jade”. It was re-released as a CD a couple years ago.

Ashley Ratajczak -  (Find the Spirit) - Ashley has been working on her own project with Rick. We decided she would be a great addition to our album and she was happy to join us for a couple songs. 

Fran Tesorero -  (Find the Spirit) - Fran and Bob have played together on and off over the years. Fran's history is singing and playing lead guitar in several bands. Lately he has focused his energy on writing and recording original material. 

Thanks to all the musicians, songwriters and supporters who have helped along on our journey.