I'm a guitar player, producer, songwriter - in no particular order.
I've played guitar for Nanci Griffith, Kim Richey, Mary Gauthier, David Olney and a bunch of other folks. I've produced records for Nanci Griffith, Otis Gibbs, Jason Ringenberg, Mac Wiseman, Bill Anderson, Peter Cooper and Eric Brace and a lot of other folks, some of them you may never have heard of. I write a lot of songs - mostly Bluegrass. Some of them have been cut by Kim Richey, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Marty Stuart, Balsam Range, Junior Sisk, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Terry Baucom And The Dukes Of Drive, Chris Jones And The Nightdrivers and many more. My wife and I live in the country. I love great guitars and great recording gear and books. Music is all I ever wanted to do and all I ever did - I'll try to keep it like that.
Raised in the Black Forest of Germany, Thomm Jutz has become an American roots music treasure.
His virtuosity, eloquence, and clarity of expression have made him a linchpin of Nashville’s creative community, and his To Live in Two Worlds, Volume 1 is nominated for a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy, making him the first immigrant to receive a nomination in that category.
Beloved by Grammy winners including Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall, Jim Lauderdale, and Buddy Miller, Jutz writes songs of depth and breadth. He sings of mill workers, Civil War characters, folk heroes, struggle, heartbreak, and triumph. In a time of division, he seeks and finds connection.
Jutz (it’s pronounced “Yootz,” like young people in Brooklyn) was a young, classically trained musician in Germany when he heard Outlaw legend Bare sing on a television show and decided to devote his life to informal music. He saved money, won the immigration lottery (yes, there is such a thing), and eventually moved to Nashville, where he found work touring with Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier, David Olney, Kim Richey, and many more.
He built a recording studio and produced albums for Country Music Hall of Fame members Bill Anderson and Mac Wiseman.
He earned three nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year prize, and taught songwriting at Belmont University. Now, he’s working on a Masters in Appalachian Studies East Tennessee State University, writing his thesis on Grammy-winner Norman Blake.
Jutz’s story involves fortitude, empathy, scholarship, devotion, wood and wire. If the beer commercial guy is the most interesting man in the world, Thomm Jutz is the most interesting man in two worlds.