Rod Abernethy - Bios
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Rod Abernethy is the 2019 Winner of American Songwriter's Bob Dylan Song Contest. His album "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" reached No. 9 in June 2018 on Folk Alliance International's Folk DJ Chart and he's performed as a featured artist at many Folk Alliance International conferences around the country. Rod is a unique blend of a authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award winning composer for film, TV and video games. In December 2019, Rod returns to the studio with Grammy nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier, Apace Relay, Glen Phillips) to record his new album due for release in early spring 2020.
Rod Abernethy is the 2019 Grand Prize Winner of American Songwriter's Bob Dylan Song Contest. His double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” reached No.9 in June 2018 on Folk Alliance International's Folk DJ Chart. He has also been a featured showcase artist at many Folk Alliance International Conferences around the country. He's a unique blend of authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.
Rod has returned to his early roots writing both songs and instrumentals that harken back to his early folk artist days with new songs that revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina and the Deep South. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel. Rod collaborated on “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” with legendary producer Don Dixon (REM, Marti Jones, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw) recording the basic tracks at Buddha View Studios in Charlotte, NC. All tracks were mixed by Rod at 1101 Studios in Raleigh, NC and produced by Rod, Dixon and Kari Estrin. Star performances include John Teer of Chatham County Line on mandolin, Joe Newberry on banjo, Caitlin Cary and Susan Cattaneo providing background vocals, and Pattie Kinlaw Hopkins of Hank, Pattie and The Current on filddle.
Rod has been a major force in the North Carolina music scene for decades, having played in North Carolina 80’s bands Arrogance and Glass Moon and recorded albums for major labels Warner Bros, MCA and Elektra Records. As a composer, he has scored and produced music for over 80 video games including the Electronic Art's blockbuster hit "Dead Space" which won a BAFTA Award in 2009 for Best Original Score and Tolkien's "The Hobbit" for Vivendi Universal and won Video Game Soundtrack Of The Year in 2003. Rod is also an adjunct professor of music composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC.
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"There were moments within the two-hour window of Abernethy’s performance that I found myself utterly transfixed by his guitar-playing abilities; being able to watch a skilled musician up-close felt exhilarating and magical, like observing a rare spectacle that only a few lucky individuals get to witness. The heartfelt nature of his lyrics, combined with Abernethy’s soulful voice and clever storytelling style, made for a truly authentic and captivating show. Audience members were quick to cheer him on for one last song after the second set concluded, which speaks to the level of interest that had taken hold in the room." Allison Hastings - The North Reading Transcript - August 3, 2019
"Even with a decades-long career behind him as a skilled guitarist, composer, film-scorer, and general mainstay on the North Carolina folk music scene, Rod Abernethy's 2018 double-album The Man I'm Supposed To Be was a bit of a shock. The 19-song collection was a tour through dazzling acoustic playing, singer/songwriter intimacy, and passionate vocals, a sort of how-to for anyone looking to excel at being a folk musician. But Abernethy also stepped outside of the straight-ahead folk tradition into vintage pop (a gorgeous instrumental version of the 1960s nugget "Walk Away Renee"), Leo Kottke-style, string-bending ("Trick Or Treat"), and more. Perhaps it's an exaggeration to call The Man I'm Supposed To Be the summary of a life spent making music, or maybe it's a mistake to think of it as autobiography through song. But it sure as hell feels like a major statement, delivered through sparkling acoustic arrangements and rugged vocals." Vincent Harris- The Charleston City Paper - April 3, 2019
"Rod Abernethy's album The Man I'm Supposed To Be is a tour de force for this mulit-talented singer/artist." MAVERICK - The Leading Independent Country Music Magazine - July/August 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
"If you are a house concert host wondering about who should be next on your wish list, it's Rod Abernethy. Rod delivers a show that is pure listening joy. Master guitar playing chops coupled with warm, gravelly vocals and gritty storytelling made for an experience our audience is still thanking us for. Don't miss an opportunity to have him for one of your shows." Joanne Martin - Camelback Concerts, Rochester, MN
"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
"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 &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
"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
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