Bryan Sutton

born in 1973 in Asheville, NC, United States

Bryan Sutton

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Bryan Sutton

Bryan Sutton is an American musician. Primarily known as a flatpicked acoustic guitar player, Sutton also plays many other instruments including mandolin, banjo, and electric guitar.

Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. Sutton eventually left the band to focus on session work. In addition to Skaggs, Sutton has toured with the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Hot Rize, Chris Thile, Tony Rice and others.

Bryan was asked to join the seminal bluegrass quartet Hot Rize in 2002. He has toured with them ever since and has only missed one show since they reformed.

Bryan won a Grammy Award in 2007 for his guitar duet with Doc Watson on the bluegrass classic "Whiskey Before Breakfast". The song was recorded using 3 vintage Neumann microphones and a laptop in a Colorado hotel room by Engineer Phil Harris.

In 2007-08, Sutton toured with Chris Thile & The How to Grow a Band In 2011 Sutton began teaching guitar online at the School of Guitar, as part of the Academy of Bluegrass.

Bryan is one of the most in-demand session players in Nashville, and recently produced a record for Della Mae and the Cash Cabin.


Bryan plays a Bourgeois "Country Boy Deluxe" model dreadnought and also has his own signature model, the "Banjo Killer" slope-shouldered dreadnought. He also regularly performs with a 1940 Martin D-28.


Solo albums

Title Album details Peak positions
US Bluegrass
Ready to Go
  • Release date: February 22, 2000
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Bluegrass Guitar
  • Release date: May 13, 2003
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Not Too Far from the Tree
  • Release date: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Almost Live
  • Release date: July 14, 2009
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Into My Own
  • Release date: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
"" denotes releases that did not chart


  • 2000 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2003 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2004 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2005 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2006 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2007 - Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Whiskey Before Breakfast w/ Doc Watson
  • 2011 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year [1]


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External links

  •, Official site
  • Bryan Sutton Interview
  • Bryan Sutton with Martin Taylor
  • Academy of Bluegrass
  • School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton
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