Abraham Guthrie

Abraham Guthrie Biography

If you’ve been to an Arlo Guthrie concert in the past 20 years it’s likely you’ve seen Abe’s great smile, heard his adept and tasteful keyboard accompaniment along with his powerful supporting vocals.

  In a recent interview Arlo was quoted: “Abe is a great musician and covers the bass for me, and what ever else I need.”

It is rare to see an Arlo show with out Abe by his side.

  Having natural talent, at age 3 Abe traded another neighborhood boy his Big Wheel for a keyboard. At age 11 he was kicked out of a piano lesson for playing Rock music! Abe’s first paying job at 15 was as David Bromberg’s guitar tech.

  Abe started performing professionally with his father in the early 80’s, playing transformational rock-ish keyboard solos during his father’s concerts with Shenandoah. Displaying his incredible sense of humor, he would occasionally show up on stage wearing spikes and chains.

  In the 80’s, he founded XAVIER with fellow band mates Randy Cormier and Timothy Sears. Various forms of Xavier have been found backing up Arlo on the road. Their first full-length CD, Full Circle, was released on Rising Son Records in 2000 and is now available at www.risingsonrecords.com and on Apple iTunes. Xavier is currently at work on a follow-up album.

  Against his will and better judgment, Abe has also found himself performing with his sisters Cathy, Annie, and Sarah Lee as the G Babes (www.g-babes.net). This unique family ensemble can be found at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, OK for their annual performance (www.woodyguthrie.org). 

A multi-faceted artist, Abe Guthrie has demonstrated his versatility by having a hand in many music projects worldwide. His varied roles have ranged from performance & studio musician, engineer, producer, graphic artist, and of course, Arlo’s right hand man on-stage and off.

Abe Guthrie is in great demand working with artists including David Bromberg, Rory Block, Bobby Sweet, Folk Uke (Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson’s band), Johnny Irion, Sarah Lee Guthrie, David Grover among many more.


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