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Til I Reach the Light

by Blake Guthrie and Getaway Car

"A renowned Atlanta artist still awaiting national acclaim.Guthrie seems poised to gain far wider notice." --Paste magazine, recommended DIY artist.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Threads
3:17 $0.99
2. Black Hole
4:04 $0.99
3. Electricity
4:07 $0.99
4. After the Ecstasy
2:18 $0.99
5. Those Blue Eyes (Stil Drive Me Crazy)
2:47 $0.99
6. She Is A Mystery To Me
4:15 $0.99
7. Fallin' In Love (I'm No Fred Eaglesmith)
3:49 $0.99
8. Kiss Me, Kill Me
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9. Georgia In Summertime
4:11 $0.99
10. Invisible Man
4:32 $0.99
11. Baby Come On Down
3:11 $0.99
12. Baby You've Got To Be Free
3:11 $0.99
13. Til I Reach the Light
3:35 $0.99
14. New Blood, New Skin
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Album Notes
When Blake Guthrie first arrived in Atlanta, GA, with his road-worn, duct-taped guitar and his "uniquely uncluttered worldview," the local press was so smitten with him that he was, in a few months time, voted "Critic's Choice" as Atlanta's "Best singer/songwriter" by Creative Loafing--the largest newsweekly in the Southeast. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution declared the arrival of "a man who knows a thing or two about writing a good song."

A native of Birmingham, AL, who, in the truest sense of the word troubadour, made his way to Atlanta by playing and working his way from one end of the country to the other, Guthrie decided to set up shop, as it were, right next door in Decatur, GA.
Guthrie soon began sharing the stage with the likes of Shawn Mullins, John Mayer and India Arie, who all got their start in the vaunted Atlanta acoustic scene, whose epicenter is the famed Eddies Attic nightclub in Decatur. Guthrie boldly decided that his first CD should be recorded live at the Attic, in front of an audience of strangers who had never heard him before. The resulting disc-Songs About Chicks, released in 2002-speaks for itself with its strong collection of songs and enthusiastic audience reception.

Uncomfortable being pegged as an "acoustic" artist, Guthrie formed a rock band-Getaway Car-and started playing different clubs around the South, wowing audiences with his straight-ahead, no-nonsense approach to rock 'n' roll a la the Velvet Underground, the Replacements, Son Volt and the Modern Lovers. Guthrie released his first studio-recorded CD, Til I Reach the Light, in the summer of 2005 and it garnered rave reviews in the local press as well as national and international acclaim. The disc--Guthrie's first studio effort--was recorded with Getaway Car and is sure to delight fans of Americana rock and top-tier songwriting as this formidable talent continues to gain recognition.

Guthrie is currently at work on a novel, which he claims bears no resemblance to his own life. It's about a wayward singer/songwriter who can't seem to find any luck with the ladies. The working title is More Pretty Girls Than One, which is also the title of an old Woody Guthrie song. The two Guthrie's are not directly related, except in spirit.


A native of Birmingham, AL, Guthrie has lived in Atlanta since 1998, settling for the sweet Georgia breezes after an itinerant period of rambling that took him from the high Rocky Mountains of Utah to the low rocky coast of Maine and plenty of rocky places in between. From golf ball picker-upper to assembly line worker to mail room sorter to grill cook, Guthrie has worked his way from one end of the country to the other, playing gigs all along the way. The question asked of him more than any other has always been: "Are you related to Woody or Arlo?" To which Guthrie has always replied: "I dunno, people always ask me that."

Since settling in Georgia, Guthrie has played some of the best rooms in the South (the 40 Watt Club, Eddies Attic, the EARL, Red Light Café, Work/Play theater) and opened for--or shared the stage with--some of the best artists in the world (Frank Black, Peter Case, John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, India Arie). At every turn this indie folk-pop firebrand has managed to tug at the heartstrings as well as tickle the funny bone--defying all the high-falutin', pre-conceived notions of the singer/songwriter genre along the way. Guthrie's Til I Reach the Light--continues to do more of the same.
To anyone remotely familiar with Guthrie's deep repertoire, ample emotional range and richly textured vocal style, it should come as no surprise that this independent song-poet has once again defied the expectations of a grateful audience.



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iTunes review

Rock done right
"Not too long ago Blake Guthrie was writing front page articles about John Mayer (another artist to come out of Decatur's Eddies Attic), but based on the tracks on this album it may not be too long before the articles are about him. The tracks certainly center around love and love lost, but Guthrie's mix of Springsteen and Dylan plays to the subject well. Getaway Car provides the right oomph for Guthrie's lyrics, with guitarist Greg Bromfield's touch adding memorable riffs to a number of tracks. This is a great mix of tunes with something for every mood. Get it now and brag about having discovered Blake before he got big."

The Sunday Paper, Atlanta, GA

Blake Guthrie unleashes pure-pop and folk-rock bliss on new CD
"Blake Guthrie is possessed of an affable presence and a knack for brisk, memorable compositions. On his most recent CD, 'Til I Reach the Light,' Guthrie and his band Getaway Car rev through a set of mostly traditional folk-rock punctuated by soaring guitar ("Threads"), social commentary ("Baby Come On Down") and regular-guy insight ("After the Ecstasy"). At his best, Guthrie imbues traditional themes and song structures with light humor and insistent hummability, as on 'Fallin' In Love (I'm No Fred Eaglesmith),' name-checking the idiosyncratic songwriter and unleashing a pure-pop singalong chorus without missing a beat."

--The Sunday Paper, Atlanta, GA, 9-11-05

Hugo Vogel

A three-horse review from the Netherlands
In Atlanta zijn ze heel blij met singer/singwriter Blake Guthrie. Tot tweemaal toe werd hij door een plaatselijk weekblad uitgeroepen tot beste akoestische artiest. In zijn zelfgeschreven muzikale bio geeft hij aan dat zijn naamgenoot Woody, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen en John Prine zijn inspiratiebronnen zijn. Dat is ook wel te horen op zijn eerste studio-cd, ‘Till I Reach The Light (eigen beheer), al zou ik daar ook nog wel een tikje Elvis Costello bij willen voegen. Opgenomen met de rockgroep Getaway Car. En daar zit ‘m ook het probleem een beetje van deze plaat. In een aantal nummers bezondigt Blake zich aan een soort spierballenrock a la Springsteen. Een enkele keer, zoals in Threads, pakt het goed uit, maar over het algemeen vervelen dat soort nummers snel. Waar wordt gekozen voor een akoestische benadering zonder beukende drums, kan wel de aandacht worden vastgehouden. Dan blijkt ook dat Blake een behoorlijke liedjessmid is, die met intelligente en/of grappige teksten te voorschijn kan komen. Vooral Falling In Love (I´m No Fred Eaglesmith) is daarvan een goed voorbeeld. In dit nummer zit ook een verwijzing naar de controverse van weleer tussen Lynyrd Skynyrd en Neil Young. Pack it in Fred… …A Southern man don´t need you around anyhow. Ook Baby Come On Down en Georgia In The Summertime verdienen een vermelding als zeer luisterwaardig. Als Guthrie op een volgende plaat de lijn van die liedjes weet door te zetten, hebben we er weer een bijzondere bard bij. (Hugo Vogel)

Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

A strong follow-up to his "Songs About Chicks" collection, the album bristles with a Springsteen-esque take on unflinching folk-rock.

--Creative Loafing, 6-2-05

Stomp and Stammer magazine Rock-O-Meter (May 2005)

With newfound maturity Blake Guthrie rocks like Springsteen
The best kept secret of the local singer/songwriter scene may well be Blake Guthrie, a guitar-slinging troubadour with a subversive wit and a rocker's drive. Although he's a contemporary of Shawn Mullins and John Mayer, Guthrie writes songs of obsessive love shadowed by a dark, twisted humor entirely missing from those other guys' hits (Sample lyric: "After the ecstasy/You've still got the laundry to do")....Til I Reach the Light showcas[es] a newfound richness and maturity as dramatic as the difference between My Aim Is True and Imperial Bedroom....He looks like Tim Allen, he cracks jokes like Steve Martin, and when he leads his full electric band, Blake Guthrie rocks like Springsteen.

Paste Magazine (Oct. 2005)

If you want something done right...DIY
Til I Reach the Light--A renowned Atlanta artist still awaiting national acclaim, Guthrie regularly worked alongside the now-famous John Mayer at a local nightclub while performing open mics on the side. With his second album of easy-going bar rock, Guthrie seems poised to gain far wider notice.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Who Needs Fred Eaglesmith?
For those familiar with Guthrie's entertaining solo acoustic perfromances and off-kilter sense of humor, 'Til I Reach the Light' might be something of a revelation. The fuller arrangements add welcome dimensions to the attitude, slicing wit and melody that have been in his work all along. Some of his best tunes have an irascibility, bittersweetness and grit that give them a distinctively Southern tinge, like the live favorite 'Fallin' In Love (I'm No Fred Eaglesmith)'.

--Atlanta Journal Constitution, 6-2-05