Meet Bryan Sutton

Born near Asheville, NC in 1973, Bryan started playing guitar at the age of 8. Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. At the beginning of 1999, Bryan retired from Kentucky Thunder, following his heart to devote himself to studio recording.

As a leading session guitarist, he continues to appear on numerous recordings, from gospel albums to Rhonda Vincent's Back Home Again to top-sellers like the Dixie Chicks' Fly. His guitar playing anchors the sensational Dolly Parton bluegrass albums, Little Sparrow and The Grass Is Blue (Sugar Hill), and the singer returned the favor by collaborating with Bryan on his solo album Ready To Go. Filling in for the injured Tony Rice with the Bluegrass Sessions gave Bryan continued acclaim as he amazed audiences with his distinctive precision guitar leads.

Bryan was awarded a Grammy in 2007, and has been honored as IBMA ‘Guitarist of the Year’ in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2011 he was named ‘Specialty Instrument Player of the Year’ at the Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.