Carlin Guthrie
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Carlin Guthrie

Columbus, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Columbus, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
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"SoundCheck: Carlin Guthrie wears his alternative sound on his sleeve"

Carlin Guthrie is alternative – in more ways than his music.

The aspiring rock star, who is also a senior marketing student at The Ohio State University, dresses himself in suits and bright bowties to separate himself from the crowd — and mark his musical territory.

“My music has this somewhat grungy, rough around the edges sound, but that is not necessarily who I am,” Guthrie insists. “The bow tie and the suit represent (that) a little bit. I wanted something that would stand out.”

Guthrie’s passion for music came long before he instated his own personal dress code.

For him, it was all about family.

“My first memories are running around, shooting basketball in my house with my parents just cranking out classic rock,” he says. “My mom was a huge Tom Petty fan, so I listened to a lot of that as a kid and AC/DC’s Back in Black is of the first things I remember hearing … when I was younger.”

At age seven, the Columbus, Ohio native began to learn how to play the guitar, practicing rock and roll legend Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode until he mastered every note.

He began writing his own music years later, modeled after the blues classics he learned to play, but his style quickly shifted as he discovered a new, more rebellious music taste.

“I went through lots of different fades,” Guthrie recalls of his early influences. “The first (band) I got musically interested in was Rush in late middle school and early high school. I thought their guitar playing was just so insanely difficult and I just wanted to be able to play those parts so badly as a guitarist.”

Red Hot Chili Pepper’s John Frusciante played a large part.

“(Frusciante) was their guitarist for most of their biggest hits — that’s really how I wanted to play the guitar. That’s the type of playing that I, you know, do in an ideal world.”

As music became a career goal, Guthrie discovered just how difficult balancing the world of perfectly knotted bowties and jam sessions with mounds of marketing textbooks and late nights in the library could be.

“I’ve always been wanting to do my own thing and be an entrepreneur, so obviously going to college is tough with that kind of mentality.”

With just two months to graduation, however, Guthrie notes just how staying in college as a marketing student will make better equip him for stardom.

“A lot of musicians are really good at playing their instruments and writing songs and all that stuff, but there is a really big business aspect to doing music. Being in a marketing program at school … has kept my sights on maintaining that aspect of what I do as well.”

This business mindset, however, has not stopped Guthrie’s creative spirit.

He now plays with drummer Ian Smith and bass guitarist Brennan Kurfees, who also attend Ohio State.

The trio, still billing Guthrie as the soloist, released a six-song EP, Chaser, on Feb. 4. Available to purchase on both iTunes and Guthrie’s homepage, the EP has a distinctly Midwestern alternative rock sound.

The title track, in particular, showcases heavy guitar riffs and vocal acrobatics that harken back to 90’s grungy rock.

Not yet signed by a record label, Guthrie has hope for the future.

“Sometimes you hit plateaus and things take a long time and you want to quit, but others times, stuff just happens so fast,” Guthrie says. “It’s really easy from my perspective to sit here and make these plans ahead of time about what’s going to happen, but at the end of the day things change so rapidly.”

Ryan Carey-Mahoney is a senior at The George Washington University. - USA Today College


Still working on that hot first release.



Raised in the heart of the Midwest, Carlin started playing guitar when he was six years old. At an early age, he began to write original songs, attracted to blues and classic rock. Influenced by Midwestern success stories like Jack White and Dan Auerbach, Carlin combines a rough edged blues-rock sound with grunge and funk reminiscent of Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

In early July 2013, Carlin recorded The Rust Belt EP with drummer Ian Smith and session bass player Zack Cramp. Within two weeks, the title track, "Rust Belt", was selected by the popular alternative radio station CD102.5 as a top-10 finalist for their Summerfest Local Band Competition. Soon after, the song made it into the 5-spot, which includes the 5 most requested songs of the day at CD102.5. For approximately three weeks, the song remained on the 5-spot until it was put into regular rotation on the station. 

Shortly after recording the EP, Brennan Kurfees joined as the band's bass player. They worked on developing the band's sound, which now solidly lies between rock, alternative, and funk. They recorded a new EP, Chaser, in early 2014 and are now focusing on playing live shows and writing new material. Past venues played include Woodlands Tavern, Skully's Music-Diner, and Brothers Drake Meadery, and the band can't wait to put on many more exciting, entertaining shows.

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