Guthrie Kennard

Guthrie Kennard

 Irving, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

One of the best singer/songers to grace americana/alt country scene in a while. Sounds like a cross between Bob Dylan and Ray Wylie Hubbard, who actually produced Guthrie's last album "Matchbox." See him once and you will be hooked. Original. Recording new record "Cross Your Heart" currently.

Biography

Texas Singer/Songwriter Guthrie Kennard

By the age of 14 Guthrie was playing with friend and fellow musician Joe Russell in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. He left home to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, where Joe was signed with Bill Lowery Agency whose roster included artists such as Billy Joe Royal, Classics IV and Joe South. In Atlanta, Guthrie met people who were successful doing what they loved to do; his path was chosen.

Back in Richmond, Guthrie formed the band Studio B and had his first opportunity to get serious and grow musically. Southside Johnny (of the Asbury Jukes) later moved down from New Jersey and became the bands lead singer.

Guthrie originally came west in 1968, moving there to stay in 1971. During this time he started playing with Smokin’ Joe Kubek. Along with many other Texas artists.

The next years were filled with great music and great musicians. He recorded with Smokin’ Joe and Doyle Bramhall, Sr, on Bird Records. Opening for artists including Robin Trower, John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell and Donovan He toured Europe with Grammy winner Marc Benno, and co-wrote “Laverne” on Benno’s album “Snake Charmer.” While in Europe Guthrie played some great venues like the Womad Festival, The Colne Festival, Nuits de Blues, the International Music Festival in Turkey and most recently in 2009, the Cork Jazz & Blues Festival in Cork Ireland.

After a career of collaboration with some great musicians, Guthrie finally broke out on his own as a singer / songwriter to tell his own story on his first CD “Ranch Road 12” produced by legendary Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard. Now with his newest projects “Unmade Beds” released October 2009 and “Matchbox” which Ray Wylie Hubbard also produced and performed on along with Guthrie to be released in early 2010. Guthrie continues to brand his own unique style of music.

With a voice that recalls Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, Kennard spins his tales of rural disaffection against a backdrop of rough-hewed melodies and backwoods percussion, classic Texas music, a soundtrack to the Hill Country, and the slow country songs sound like a drive on patchy, paved roads that lead to all sorts of interesting places.
Darryl Smyers, Dallas Observer

Discography

GUTHRIE KENNARD DISCOGAPHY
Ranch Road 12 – Armadillo Records
Unmade Beds – Newtex Records
Matchbox – Rango Records

GUTHRIE KENNARD HAS ALSO PERFORMED AND/OR WROTE ON:
Take Your Best Shot - Smokin' Joe Kubek, Bullseye
Something's Gotta Change - Kenny Traylor, Topcat Records
Pillowcase Blues - Eddie Martin & the Texas Blues Kings, Blueblood
Jump the Joint - Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges, Armadillo
Without Further Adieu - Paul Byrd, Bluestone
I'm Not Saying I'm Just Saying - Dynamo Rhythem Aces
The Hippie Dogs - The Hippie Dogs
Miracle - The Rocky Athas Group, Armadillo
Live at the Crossroads - Jack Morgan
Voodoo Moon - The Rocky Athas Group, Armadillo
Coming Home - Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges, Armadillo
Trajedies, Broken Hearts & Liars – Jody Jones, Rodinia Records
Cross That Line – Bybee D. James
Rehab – Dynamo Rhythem Aces
Voices of a Grateful Nation – The Welcome Home Project

Currently working on new LP "Cross Your Heart" promotion starting in late november, completion early 2012. Very soulful,gritty songs that kick you in the music gut..

Set List

Sets are 1-3 hours long, and songs are chosen based on venue environment or requirements.

Set List to include various songs from these CD's :
Ranch Road 12 – Armadillo Records
Unmade Beds – Newtex Records
Matchbox – Rango Records