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Athens bassist Jon Guthrie found dead at age 26

 

Athens musician Jon Guthrie

Athens musician Jon Guthrie

Athens music magazine flagpole.com is reporting that Athens musician Jon Guthrie has been found dead inside his wrecked Mercedes.

The musician was first reported missing over the weekend.

He had recently joined the line up of  The Vigilantes of Love and formerly played bass in Love Tractor. He was just 26. Read the full story here.

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Aloha Gator

September 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

too bad kid. RIP

Mike

September 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

Love Tractor? I remember them from the 1981 movie “Athens, GA Inside/Out,” that also featured R.E.M. when they were an amateurish college town band.

Jim Warren

September 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

Was wondering about the Love Tractor reference, as they were around in late 70’s/ early 80’s. Not sure
how he could have sat in with them being less than 10 years old. Maybe did so recently with Mark and the guys?

Sorry to hear about his untimely death.

Pete

September 29th, 2009
1:48 pm

Richard Eldredge

September 29th, 2009
2:51 pm

Yes, Jon Guthrie played bass in a later incarnation of Love Tractor. Not the original 1980s line-up. But remarkably, he began gigging in bands live at age 15.

Doug

September 29th, 2009
3:30 pm

“Love Tractor? I remember them from the 1981 movie “Athens, GA Inside/Out,” that also featured R.E.M. when they were an amateurish college town band.”

At the time Athens, GA Inside/Out was filmed R.E.M. were far from “an amateurish college town band”.

Speed Racer

September 29th, 2009
3:41 pm

RE: “Athens, GA Inside/Out”: Check the date on the film. It was released in 1987 not 1981. REM was definitely well-established by then. Great soundtrack, by the way. Anyone know if it was ever released on CD (I listened to the cassette over and over).

miss marta

September 29th, 2009
3:54 pm

love tractor is the name of a song by a famous athens band, maybe you heard of them. called WIDESPREAD PANIC.

Speed Racer

September 29th, 2009
4:31 pm

Miss Marta: I hope you realize that Love Tractor was around as a band before there was a Widespread song called “Love Tractor”, which I believe was on a 1991 album.

Tomhere

September 29th, 2009
4:39 pm

I think “Love Tractor” morphed into “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”?
Maybe I’m confused?

miss marta

September 29th, 2009
4:40 pm

you hope i realize…? try on a little more drama sugar pie ;o)

it was in reference to jim warren’s post before i read the many others about the band.

Quickster 82

September 29th, 2009
5:35 pm

I saw the original Love Tractor members several times in the mid 80’s around Atlanta. Best wishes to Jon’s family.

Sara B.

October 3rd, 2009
2:57 am

he will always be a fantastic musician. forever and ever sorry i wouldn’t listen because there were differences in tastes.

El Bueno

October 6th, 2009
11:41 am

I can’t believe you people are being petty over Love Tractor vs Widespread Panic misunderstandings. Typical Athens BS! Isn’t this article about a young talented musician who just died!!!! Y’all make me sick