Guthrie Kennard has come a long way, both literally and physically, to this point and is spreading his "swampy" sound all over the region with his new solo endeavor. 

Coming up in Richmond, Virginia, Kennard's musical career began in earnest at the age of 14. He began playing music with a friend and attributes his biggest influences to radio stars such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the prominent blues musicians of the 50s and 60s. After traveling with his friend Joe Russell, who was signed to the Bill Lowery Agency, to Atlanta and observing the artists doing what they loved and succeeding, he knew this was the career for him.  

Guthrie originally came to Texas in the late 1960s and later moved here in 1971, joining up with the band Big D Stuff. Alongside Smokin' Joe Kubek, who he later began recording with alongside Doyle Bramhall Sr. on Bird Records, he also began traveling with numerous national touring acts and toured Europe with the Grammy-winning Marc Benno, who's record he later co-wrote for. 

The 80s saw Kennard playing alongside Rocky Hill, Brett Reid and John Turner, with the group opening for such notable acts as ZZ Top, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter and Ray Wylie Hubbard, who would later be a major factor in his career. He and Reid later joined drummer Jimmy Pendleton to form a band called the Hippie Dogs. Guthrie named the Hippie Dogs as the favorite band, among many, that he played with, because he felt the music authentically belonged to them. The group garnered significant praise in Texas and abroad, releasing a self-titled album in 1994.

Guthrie initially played bass and cut his teeth writing songs for others until he found his own voice. He created his own formula for songwriting, which involved telling stories about characters, studying other artists and even basing an entire song around particular grooves that he enjoyed. 

A few years ago, after collaborating with other musicians throughout his entire career, Kennard embarked on a solo project of his own. He knew what direction he wanted to go, and knew that Ray Wylie Hubbard was the man to help him reach his goals. He credits Hubbard with helping define his music as a big brother of sorts, and states that he was the only one who could have done it. He released a CD called 'Ranch Road 12' in 2007, and 'Matchbox,'  released in 2009, reached #2 on the Roots and Americana charts in Europe while climbing into the top 10 in the United States. Guthrie is currently working on another album, which has yet to be named, that he hopes to finish this year. 

Kennard currently plays a residency at Fred's Cafe every other Sunday and recently finished one at Magnolia Motor Lounge, which he calls his "musical home" in Fort Worth. We are truly fortunate to have such a unique, talented and experienced musician playing right here in town at some of the most popular live music venues, and it will be well worth your time to give him a listen. 

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