Rod Abernethy

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 

"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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