Blake Guthrie | Songs About Chicks (Live)

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Songs About Chicks (Live)

by Blake Guthrie

This truth-telling troubadour manages to tug at the heartstrings as well as tickle the funnybone with his wry, observational songs and uniquely uncluttered worldview. "Some kind of genius," says Flagpole magazine--Athens, GA.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Her Little Black Book
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2. True Companion
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3. I'm in Love With the Checkout Girl
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5. She Is a Mystery to Me
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7. I Hate Your Boyfriend
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9. She's Not Playing For the Home Team
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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.


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Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

Blake Guthrie sings about girls, girls and, uh, girls

A keen observer of the tumultuous Decatur singles scene, songsmith/humorist Blake Guthrie speaks knowingly to all the city's frustrated heterosexual males on his debut CD Songs About Chicks. Each one of its 11 compositions is -- in one way or another -- about the ups and downs of chasing women in an environment where girls who seek Romeo often wind up in bed with Juliet.

Exasperated by competing against both sexes for the pool of available females, Guthrie takes his obsession to a different level with the tongue-in-cheek "I Hate Your Boyfriend." This standout track features remarkable live audience reactions, the crowd's laughter turning into nervous chuckles as Guthrie's fantasy of killing his romantic rival grows more sinister with each verse.

"I always seem to scare people with 'I Hate Your Boyfriend,'" says Guthrie. "And I love doing that. Murder has a long tradition in folk music, from the old mountain ballads to Johnny Cash. I decided to bring it to the pop song."

With an honest rawness that Cash himself would appreciate, Guthrie recorded Chicks live last December at Eddie's Attic. "It's straight from the soundboard," he explains. I didn't remove or add anything -- it's the show as people that night heard it."

Guthrie celebrates Chicks' release this week by returning to the Attic, where he'll be backed by Getaway Car, a band comprised of drummer Brad Zimmerman (Dayroom) and a bassist known only as Ed.

"They flesh my songs out a lot, and since I'm a three-chord kinda guy, my songs need that fleshing," admits Guthrie with a wry grin. "But the flesh they provide is more muscle than fat." --

Blake Guthrie plays Eddie's Attic Thurs., Feb. 14.

Jeffrey Palmer

Overall a pretty good album. I especially like, "I hate your boyfriend", and "Her little black book". Very creative.

underground willie

great live performances
you get a feeling listening to this recording you are right there on the spot. you get to listen to some fine performances and some well written material. put the cd on and enjoy a "night out".