New Glasgow News, Three young songwriters taking stage Oct. 18

When Dylan Guthro first heard himself on the radio, he was driving back from Prince Edward Island, shortly after finishing his first album, flipping through stations with his producers – his dad, Bruce Guthro, and Dave Gunning.

“(I thought), ‘Wow, no way.’ It was cool to hear it with them for the first time because we just finished making the album….”

When he released his first album, it resembled his father’s sound, feeding off the popularity of the family name. Now, he’s branched away, collaborating with hip-hop artists and developing material all his own. But it’s never hurt him to have a last name Maritimers know.

“I guess the name opens some doors that I’d have to open myself if I didn’t have the name. But you still have to prove yourself to be talented.”

Guthro is taking off to Denmark with his dad in November, a bi-yearly tour for him feeding into both his own and his father’s fan base there, but until then, he’ll be playing locally with two other young musicians growing into their sound.

Guthro, Carleton Stone and Breagh Mackinnon, who have played in each other’s bands, are taking the stage in small towns across the Maritimes, including New Glasgow next weekend.

While Guthro has been working with artists like Classified and Quake Matthews, Stone recently put out his third release, Draws Blood, which is co-produced by Howie Beck, and Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene. A co-write between the two on Stone’s last album recently received a Music Nova Scotia nomination nod for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. Mackinnon has been busy too, touring in Germany with Stone and Dave Sampson, showcasing at the Lincoln Center in New York City, and receiving nominations from Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Awards. They’ll be trying some material they have together, which Dylan hopes to see recorded early next year.

“The vocal blend is pretty unique and I think it’s pretty well-rounded. The musical vibe is cool too, just all our different styles mashing together,” he said.

The trio – dubbed the next generation of songwriters – performs at Glasgow Square on Oct. 18, beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20, or $15 for students.

by Amanda Jess, New Glasgow New