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10/4/2017 at 2:19:21 PM GMT
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Rod Abernethy

Rod Abernethy 

Contact Info:

Phone: 919-607-1133

Category of Folk: performing songwriter - southern folk troubadour

Location: Raleigh, NC


Rod Abernethy, a master acoustic guitarist and authentic southern folk troubadour, has been performing for over three decades. His original songs revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Chet Atkins. He also performs songs from some of his favorite singers including Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. Rod has a strong history in the southern rock music scene, and is reaching back to his days as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in well-known North Carolina bands including Arrogance, Glass Moon, Rod Dash, The Slackmates and Sixteen Tons. 

Rod is currently working with legendary producer Don Dixon (REM, The Smithereens, Marti Jones, Gin Blossoms) on his newest album which is due for release in early 2018.

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"Rod is a true student of music, gracefully performing songs with a sincere humbleness that one can't help but relate to. His mastery of the 6 and 12 string guitars was a real treat to watch, and we look forward to his next performance in the hall!"

           Bill Heath  owner/operator
           Muddy Creek Music Hall
           Winston Salem, NC

"Imagine what would happen if you musically crossed the iconic guitar chops of Leo Kottke and John Fahey with the prophetic and immensely appealing songs of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Rod fits that bill. While consistently putting his very unique artistry out there, one can hear distinct echoes of these truly significant artistic forces. To my ears, Rod joins that group in very rare air, all of whom have kept meaning in melodies and a kind of prescient skill in lyrics. If you have a chance to see and hear Rod Abernethy live, don't miss it."

           Bob Hinkle  owner/manager
           The White Horse Black Mountain

"Rod put on an awesome set for us. He’s a true artist on stage and a great guy to work with. Several patrons came up to me at the break to tell me how much they enjoyed his performance. He’s the real deal."

            David E. Sardinha
            Six String Presents  
            The Cary Theater, Cary, NC 

"There are many excellent acoustic guitar players, and for anyone who loves acoustic guitar, it is one of life’s joys to hear them play. You would not, however, mention them in the same paragraph as Leo Kottke, or Norman Blake, or John Fahey. You would mention Rod though. Rod’s playing is transcendent, beyond technique, utterly superb. It is an extraordinary thing to hear him play. His performances attact not only music lovers but other guitar players, and no one in the audience has a chance to hear anything like that anywhere else. We look at each other and shake our heads.  You'll see." 

             Michael Thompson- acclaimed speaker, author and workshop presenter
             Durham, NC



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