Kit Garoutte - a biography




Kit Garoutte's engaging and entertaining shows have delighted fans of all ages and tastes throughout his beloved Pacific Northwest home base for a good, long time now. For most of his adult life Kit was living and working out of the Portland, Oregon area but has in recent years relocated to the Columbia River Gorge. Living in this beautiful landscape he has found "...where I am supposed to be!" and even more importantly he says, "I've found my tribe." Kit has found joy and fulfillment living and playing music in "the most incredible place on earth!"


Along with the drive to excel as a guitarist Kit is also passionate as a composer and singer/songwriter, sharing colorful moods and stories of our shared journey with thoughtful passion while sprinkling expressive colors through his inventive fingerstyle guitar orchestrations and vocals performing original songs as well as his arrangements of a wide variety of great music.

Kit has over 35 years of formal and private study and on-the-job experience, including studies with jazz guitarists Larry Adair, Marv Lundblade, and John Stowell and has taught private lessons for over 25 years. 

Kit currently teaches private guitar lessons at his studio in White Salmon, WA in addition to performing live as a solo act as well as at various times with singer/songwriter,  folk icon and adventurer Moe Dixon, as part of ThreeForm with Tim Mayer and Mike Grodner, and with the wondrous and transcendent Nancy Cook among other skilled and exciting musicians.

Kit Garoutte and Moe Dixon just before a show together at The Pines 1852 Tasting Room in Hood River, OR.

 Kit Garoutte and Moe Dixon caught preparing for a show at The Pines 1852.