Guthrie Trapp Releases Solo Debut Pick Peace
Ace session guitarist Guthrie Trapp, one of Nashville’s most in-demand musicians, released debut solo album Pick Peace on Sept. 18. On the album, Trapp deftly makes his way through six original songs and four inspired covers, seamlessly merging diverse country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock and even experimental influences.
Pick Peace a finely crafted work that finds the longtime sideman taking center stage confidently and creatively.
“Despite the freedom you can be given as a sideman, if you are a truly creative person you still yearn to cut yourself totally loose and express what’s inside,” Trapp said. “Doing my own record was a natural progression. I love the feeling of freedom that goes along with this process. To be able to create anything musically in any direction I want to go in is a dream come true.”
For the album, Trapp enlisted an impressive selection of friends and fellow session aces, including bassist Michael Rhodes, drummers Pete Abbott and Doug Belote, organist Reese Wynans and percussionist Dann Sherrill. Trapp also co-produced.
“It has the energy of a live record because it is not heavily produced,” he said. “It’s a musical snapshot of that moment in time. This record represents my emotion as a musician as well as my personality.”
Among Nashville’s studio elite, Trapp is certainly an acclaimed personality, having lent his peerless electric and acoustic guitar work to recordings and live appearances by some of the world’s biggest artists for years.
“He is known to those who excel in music as the guy to watch,” said veteran producer and guitarist Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss and Union Station), who recruited Trapp for his own band. “Guthrie never ceases to amaze me. He’s a force ready to be reckoned with.”
Even a short selection from Trapp’s resume is impressive. His stage and studio credits include Vince Gill, John Oates, Delbert McClinton, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Tim O’Brien, Randy Travis, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, “Cowboy” Jack Clement and many others. Trapp has also led his own bands, including the Guthrie Trapp Trio, TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes), and 18 South.
“I first got to know Guthrie’s talents when he was playing with Patty Loveless and realized right away that he had that ‘thing,’” Gill said. “Guthrie is one of those guys who can play anything you put in front of him.”
Oates is equally effusive in his praise, noting that he’s “blown away” by Guthrie’s guitar work.
“He is without a doubt one of the greatest soloists I’ve ever heard—fluid, technical, inventive and soulful,” Oates said. “Guthrie is the kind of guitarist that makes other players go home and want to either burn their axe or practice really hard.”
For his own part, Guthrie remains committed to his muse and to creating heartfelt music that reflects his individuality.
“Music is meant to be an expression and an art form,” he said. “To fully embrace the process and be unique, you have to stay true to yourself and not try too hard to fit into any mold or boundaries.”