When Blake Guthrie first arrived in Atlanta, GA, with his road-worn, duct-taped guitar and his "uniquely uncluttered worldview," the local press was so smitten with him that he was, in a few months time, voted "Critic's Choice" as Atlanta's "Best singer/songwriter" by Creative Loafing--the largest newsweekly in the Southeast. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution declared the arrival of "a man who knows a thing or two about writing a good song."
A native of Birmingham, AL, who, in the truest sense of the word troubadour, made his way to Atlanta by playing and working his way from one end of the country to the other, Guthrie decided to set up shop, as it were, right next door in Decatur, GA.
Guthrie soon began sharing the stage with the likes of Shawn Mullins, John Mayer and India Arie, who all got their start in the vaunted Atlanta acoustic scene, whose epicenter is the famed Eddies Attic nightclub in Decatur. Guthrie boldly decided that his first CD should be recorded live at the Attic, in front of an audience of strangers who had never heard him before. The resulting disc-Songs About Chicks, released in 2002-speaks for itself with its strong collection of songs and enthusiastic audience reception.
Uncomfortable being pegged as an "acoustic" artist, Guthrie formed a rock band-Getaway Car-and started playing different clubs around the South, wowing audiences with his straight-ahead, no-nonsense approach to rock 'n' roll a la the Velvet Underground, the Replacements, Son Volt and the Modern Lovers. Guthrie released his latest CD, Til I Reach the Light, in the summer of 2005 and it has already garnered rave reviews in the local press as well as national and international acclaim. It's only the beginning. The disc-Guthrie's first studio effort-was recorded with Getaway Car and is sure to delight fans of Americana rock and top-tier songwriting as this formidable talent continues to gain recognition.
Guthrie is also currently at work on a novel, which he claims bears no resemblance to his own life. It's about a wayward singer/songwriter who can't seem to find any luck with the ladies. The working title is More Pretty Girls Than One, which is also the title of an old Woody Guthrie song. The two Guthrie's are not directly related, except in spirit.
"Like Woody Guthrie before him, Decatur musician Blake Guthrie is both a troubadour and a troublemaker. A young folksinger who hasn't forgotten that folksinging is supposed to be confrontational, he writes catchy songs about modern life that manage to be both tongue-in-cheek and in-your-face."--Creative Loafing, from the "Best of Atlanta" write-up.
"Songs About Chicks was recorded live at Eddie's Attic, where Guthrie can often be seen adding a welcome dose of real-life humor to the seemingly endless stream of diary-entry-serious Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins clones parading in and out of there every month. One of the most comical and biting lyricists in the city, Guthrie manages to tug at the heart as often as tickle your funnybone."--Stomp and Stammer magazine, GA.