Aubrey Spurlock


Trout Cove Lutherie

Trout Cove Lutherie, your online source for instruments, repairs, piezo supplies and musical instrument pickups.




Audio Production


Guitar and Bass Instruction



About me....

I was born an army brat in 1954, and grew up living on army bases in the southeast. I began playing guitar as a teenager in Fort Polk Louisiana. My weekends were spent hanging out at the base service center, where I was provided  with high quality musical instruments to play for free. I listened to the music that the GI's played and sometimes sat in on bass and guitar. Favorite tunes included the music of the Temptations, The Animals, and the Rolling Stones. In 1969, I moved to NC where I heard the Allman Brothers at the Love Valley Pop Festival. My musical style took a sharp turn toward the blues.

      My formal education in music began years later while studying at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. While working on my degree in Music Industry Studies, I played in  the ASU Jazz Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, and performed with the reggae band, Island.  I earned extra money teaching guitar classes at ASU, and gave private lessons at the local music store. In addition to music theory and composition, I took courses in the history and construction of stringed instruments, and in instrument repair.

    After graduation, I worked for 10 years as a technical director for both ASU in Boone and ECU in Greenville, NC. While doing this work, learned the art of doing sound production for concerts and theater productions. I had the good fortune to work with some of my favorite artists, including Chick Corea, Leo Kottke, and Mike Cross. One highlight of that period was setting up a stage for the Allman Brothers at ECU. I was simultaneously working a production of The Western Opera Theatre, but managed to catch the last 30 minutes of the concert from backstage. It was a long way from Love Valley, but the Brothers still put on an inspiring show.

    In 1992, I quit working full time as a technical director and shifted to instrument repair and teaching . I started a business and named it Trout Cove Lutherie in recognition of the beautiful place I was living at the time. I have since moved back to Boone, but have kept the name. Trout Cove Lutherie is a small operation with just myself and the occasional apprentice  building instruments, making acoustic pickups, and doing repairs. In addition to this, I teach guitar, produce recordings and run live sound for Mountain Home Music, and perform when I can. I play  in Blue Trillium  (a jazz/classical/americana ensemble), and in the jazz/blues/rock band, Laricobius. Music is my life. 



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