Guthrie Trapp, established sideman and artist, is finishing his first solo album, Pick Peace, due out this fall. The project is a showcase for Trapp’s stellar guitar playing that has long supported the careers of superstar artists and his own bands. Through a blend of six originals and four obscure covers, this exciting instrumental album explores country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock and experimental music.
The innovative guitarist worked with equally talented musicians for Pick Peace, including bassist Michael Rhodes, percussionist Dann Sherrill, drummers Pete Abbott and Doug Belote, and Reese Wynans on B-3 organ.
While this marks his solo debut, Trapp has led numerous other bands including 18 South, the Guthrie Trapp Trio, and TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes).
As a member of Dobro legend Jerry Douglas’ band for 5 years he played on two of his latest recordings including "Jerry Christmas" and the Grammy nominated album Glide, and toured extensively throughout North America and the UK, taking the stage at New York City’s Blue Note, Radio City Music Hall, Celtic Connections and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Trapp is a versatile musician who crosses many genres with ease, taste and authenticity. Prior to joining Douglas’ crew, he spent numerous years with revered country artist Patty Loveless. He appeared on two studio albums with her, including the Grammy winning Mountain Soul 2.
Onstage or in the studio, Trapp has supported the world’s most talented and best selling artists including Garth Brooks, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Tim O'Brien, Delbert McClinton, Randy Travis, Jerry Douglas, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, "Cowboy" Jack Clement and many others. (see resume for full list)
Trapp was surrounded by music during his youth on the Florida/Alabama coast. His family exposed him to numerous genres. By age seven Trapp had taken up harmonica, by 10 he had graduated to guitar, and later learned mandolin. Joining his first band at age 13, he was a regular performer at the clubs, festivals and events up and down the gulf coast. At ages 15 and 16 he won consecutive statewide guitar and mandolin competitions in Alabama. At 18 Guthrie went to nashville to record on Gove Scrivenor’s album, Shine On, which featured top notch musicians John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Lari White and Ray Flacke. Also a young adult, he teamed up with Nick Branch to form the popular band Filthy Rich touring throughout the US and France.
Trapp eventually settled in Nashville in 2001, paying early dues with the heralded Don Kelley Band at the famed honky-tonk Robert’s Western World. He made his way to Music Row, where one of his first master sessions was playing mandolin along side Willie Weeks, Ian Wallace and Tim Hinkley.
Trapp has come a long way since his FloraBama days, but the musical influences of his youth on the coast remain with him. He is now ready to share his talent and experiences with the world. Hope you enjoy!
Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s busiest and most versatile performing, session musicians & solo artist. He has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Tom Paxton, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Delbert McClinton, Taylor Hicks, Shawn Camp, Carl Jackson, George Porter Jr, Tim O’Brien, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, George Jones (the list goes on) as well his own band “18 South”, the Guthrie Trapp Trio & TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes). Guthrie will be releasing his first record early fall of 2012. This is an exciting record with a broad range of styles and a band Nashville’s finest player.
“Guthrie Trapp is the Man For All Seasons on the guitar.”
“I first heard Guthrie play guitar many years ago at the Telluride Bluegrass festival and was blown away… since then we’ve become friends and band-mates, and I’m still blown away. He is without a doubt one of the greatest soloist I’ve ever heard, fluid, technical, inventive and soulful. Guthrie is the kind of guitarist that makes other players go home and want to either burn their axe or practice real hard.”
“I first got to know Guthrie’s talents when he was playing with Patty Loveless and realized right away that he had that ‘thing’. Guthrie is one of those guys who can play anything you put in front of him.”
“Guthrie’s sound is always friendly. He’ll blow you away but he’ll never wear you out.”
“If could play guitar like that, I would have never picked up a football.”
“I’ve seen lots of guitar players in my life. Guthrie Trapp will make your jaw drop!”
“If I were to explain Guthrie Trapp to you, you wouldn’t understand him. He is a freak of nature known to those who excel in music as THE GUY to watch in the next few years. Guthrie played in my band for 4 years and never seemed, I mean ceased, to amaze me. We would all watch Guthrie go through his nutty, animated, entertaining trials all day, forcing me to keep a log of Guthrie-isms, then step up on the stage together and hold our breath through his maze-like solos until we got to the other side, blue-faced, and try to follow him. On this record I hear a more highly fueled and refined Guthrie Trapp. He’s a force ready to be reckoned with. He’s gone to school on many other great players and instruments of all types, forging his own alchemy which is very complex. You are listening to a thick encyclopedia built on years of big ears and essentially living with a guitar in his hands. I’m proud of any part I had to play in Guthrie’s big book and more than that, proud of whom he has become, both as a guitar player and a member of our planet; where he resides most of the time.”