We had the good fortune of connecting with Guthrie Kennard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Guthrie, what do you want your legacy to be?
I would like people to remember me as being kind and thoughtful and would always listen to what they have to say and to always put myself in their shoes and never have any envy of anyone’s success but always support the underdog.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I always knew what I wanted to do from age 14 for the rest if my life and I have always stayed committed to playing music and writing regardless of the challenges. I have had to learn over the years how to not take home the world’s stages and venue experiences that are exciting and worldly , I have learned how to separate the two people that I am from the public persona to the regular guy at home , I’m not only a performer but a grandpa, and a partner, and I have a couple of cats that I love!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first thing I would do is take them to eat some Texas BBQ at The Hard 8 BBQ and then take them to go hear some music at Magnolia Motor Lounge where a lot of musicians who are now famous played music for a smaller group of folks before they hit the big time, it’s a wonderful place to hear live music, take them down to Deep Ellum to the stockyards in Fort Worth, Kettle Art has great showcase of artists, and Fort Worth is an interesting place for my friends from overseas who love Texas! They can get the experience they want to see with all the cowboy hats and boots because folks wear them for real over there.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shoutout to Jimmy “Blue Shoes” Pendleton we have been playing together off and on for 55 years, and Ryan Tharp and Jacob Furr for playing my music with passion as if it were their own music, and John Fenlon and Pete Lane in England and Ray Wylie Hubbard for helping me find my indentity as a song writer. And big love to everyone else who has been a part of the things I’m doing, there are so many it takes a village to raise a songwriter.

Website: www.guthriekennard.com

Image Credits
Dee Hill Photography

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