Bryan Sutton

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For those of a similar name, see Brian Sutton (disambiguation).
Bryan Sutton
Born 1973
Asheville, North Carolina
Origin United States
Genres Country, bluegrass
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1997-present
Labels Sugar Hill
Associated acts Ricky Skaggs

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 June, 2011 he launched the Online Bluegrass Guitar School with Bryan Sutton, as part of the ArtistWorks 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. His style is a unique blend of staccato mixed with powerful chromatic and melodic movements which is integrated into the more common bluegrass, blues and folk leads that are common to the genre.


Bryan supports Bourgeois Guitars and performs regularly with his own signature model, a Bourgeois Bryan Sutton Limited Edition. He also uses a Bourgeois "Country Boy Deluxe" model dreadnought, and a Bourgeois "Banjo Killer" slope-shouldered dreadnought, which is another model directly inspired by Bryan. He also regularly performs with a 1940 Martin D-28.


Solo albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Bluegrass
Ready to Go
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
The More I Learn
  • Release date: June 3, 2016
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2014 "That's Where I Belong"[1] Bill Filipiak


  • 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 [2]
  • 2013 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2014 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
  • 2015 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year


  1. ^ "CMT: Videos : Bryan Sutton : That's Where I Belong". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "STEVE MARTIN & THE STEEP CANYON RANGERS NAMED IBMA ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR". International Bluegrass Music Association. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 

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