Guitarist Guthrie Trapp Releases Debut Solo Album 'Pick Peace'

October 10, 2012, Nashville, TN…Guthrie Trapp may be on the eve of his debut album release, but the talented musician has been earning rave reviews from some of the world's biggest artists for years. "He is known to those who excel in music as THE GUY to watch," assures Jerry Douglas, who recruited Trapp for his own revered band. "Guthrie never ceases to amaze me. He's a force ready to be reckoned with."

"I'm blown away by Guthrie," says superstar John Oates, who has also worked with Trapp. "He is without a doubt one of the greatest soloists 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 really hard."

Trapp's genre-blending album 'Pick Peace' is now available. He co-produced the project with studio legend Mark Howard (Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, John Hartford), and they tapped top-tier players including bassist Michael Rhodes, percussionist Dann Sherrill, drummers Pete Abbott and Doug Belote, and Reese Wynans on B-3 organ.

"It has the energy of a live record because it is not heavily produced," explains Trapp. "It is a musical snapshot of that moment in time. This record represents my emotion as a musician as well as my personality." Through a blend of six originals and four obscure covers, the exciting and soulful instrumental album explores country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock, and experimental music.

Trapp's versatile style has made him a first-call session player and sideman. "I first got to know Guthrie's talents when he was playing with Patty Loveless and realized right away that he had that 'thing'," recalls Vince Gill. "Guthrie is one of those guys who can play anything you put in front of him." Delbert McClinton agrees, "Guthrie Trapp is the Man For All Seasons on the guitar."

Indeed, Trapp has supported the world's most talented and best selling artists including Gill, Douglas, Oates, 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 (with John Randall Stewart, Jimmy Wallace, Jessi Alexander, Mike Bub and Larry Atamanuik).

"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," says Trapp. "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 is a dream come true. Music is meant to be an expression and an art form. 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."


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