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, 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 March 2018.
"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. 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
Black Mountain, NC
"Rod put on an awesome set for us. He’s a true artist on stage and a great guy to work with. He’s the real deal."
David E. Sardinha / Six String Presents
The Cary Theater, Cary, NC
Bill Heath - owner/operator
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston Salem, NC
"Rod Abernethy has truly mastered the art of storytelling. At first he charms you with sentimental stories and clever lyrics that tug at your heart then he mesmerizes you with his spellbinding guitar playing. It’s always a thrill to see Rod perform."
Gigi Thigpen - Jazz Entertainment Agency Raleigh, NC