ROD ABERNETHY Appearing Fri Feb 5th 2016 at 8:00 pm

$8 in advance
$10 at the door

Composer and musician Rod Abernethy has been playing in the Carolinas for more than three decades, writing original songs and instrumentals on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitar in the styles of Leo Kottke, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Drake and Loudon Wainwright to name a few.

 He has a strong history in the North Carolina music scene, reaching back to his days as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in well known North Carolina bands including Arrogance (which also included legendary performer and producer Don Dixon), Glass Moon, Rod Dash, The Slackmates and Sixteen Tons.

 His award winning scores for broadcast and video games have earned him numerous accolades and international success, but these days Rod is getting back to his acoustic roots performing songs that he loves on stages and in clubs around the Carolinas.

I started composing in my teens, then went to school and got a degree in music. After graduating, I performed in many rock bands and we were signed to some well-known labels…Warner Bros., Elektra and MCA. I worked with some top music producers, Paul Rothchild of The Doors fame and David Lord who produced most of the Peter Gabriel recordings in the ‘80s.

My influences come from a wide range of styles. For guitar, I still listen to early rock like Hendrix, Cream, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones mixed in with many other genres and styles like John 5, Paul Gilbert, Trent Reznor and Richard Zven Zeke Kruspe. I listened to a lot of Bartok, Wagner, Stravinsky and Shoenberg in college. I love film scores; it’s hard not to be influenced by the great film composers including Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams and John Barry.