Thomm Jutz

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Thomm Jutz
Birth nameThomas Jutz
Born (1969-12-27) December 27, 1969 (age 49)
Neusatz, Germany
Genres Country, Bluegrass, Folk
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Years active1980s–present
Labels Mountain Fever

Thomm Jutz (born 27 December 1969) is a German-born American singer, songwriter, producer, and guitar player, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville, Tennessee State capital and consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city's population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2018 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 692,587. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 669,053 in 2018.


He has worked with Grammy-winning folk singer Nanci Griffith (as a member of her Blue Moon Orchestra), Grammy nominees Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Americana star Mary Gauthier, Grand Ole Opry members and/or Country Music Hall of Fame inductees: Mac Wiseman, Bobby Bare, Connie Smith and Marty Stuart, veteran troubadour David Olney, Otis Gibbs, Kim Richey, Irene Kelley, Amy Speace, [1] Milan Miller and German vocalist Marc Marshall. [2]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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His songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Kim Richey, Junior Sisk, Irene Kelley, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Darrell Webb, Balsam Range, Buddy Melton, Milan Miller and Terry Baucom. [3]

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Jutz co-wrote the top two singles of 2016 listed on the Bluegrass Today Airplay chart for the United States, namely Around The Corner recorded by Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive at no. 1, and Carolina Wind [4] recorded by Irene Kelley at no. 2. [5]

Jutz is signed to Mountain Fever Records and his debut album, Crazy If You Let It, was released on October 6, 2017, [6] the title track single having been released to radio on August 29, 2017. [7]

Early life

Jutz originates from Neusatz, Buehl, Baden-Wurttemberg in the Black Forest of Germany and started playing music at the age of six, initially learning piano and flute.

Black Forest mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany

The Black Forest is a large, forested mountain range in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. It is bounded by the Rhine valley to the west and south. Its highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). The region is roughly oblong in shape with a length of 160 km (99 mi) and breadth of up to 50 km (31 mi).

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

In 1981 at age 11 he saw country artist Bobby Bare on a German television program performing Detroit City and, inspired by the way Bare stood and held his guitar, took up the guitar and developed an interest in Country, Bluegrass and Folk Music. [8]

Jutz won several nationwide competitions as a teenager before studying classical guitar at the University of Stuttgart under professor Dr. Mario Sicca. Jutz played throughout Central Europe with Blues and Rock Bands, and began studying songwriting and studio engineering.


In 2003, Jutz was granted a Diversity Immigrant Visa into the USA and moved his base to Nashville, where he immediately found favor and started touring worldwide with David Olney, Mary Gauthier and Nanci Griffith.

Jutz then set up as owner and operator of TJ Tunes, the studio he created for writers, players and artists from different places and genres to come together in a relaxed, rural setting, to write and record. He has produced over 70 albums to date, including 7 albums by British singer-songwriter Roger Knott.

The 1861 Project

Between 2011 and 2014, Jutz produced and wrote songs for the three volumes of The 1861 Project, a collection of new songs inspired by the people who fought and lived through the American Civil War.

Artists featured on these albums include Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Connie Smith, Chris Jones, Sierra Hull, Bobby Bare, Jason Ringenberg, Kim Richey and Hannah & Caroline Melby. The series received praise from historians, critics, music lovers and Civil War enthusiasts. [9]

"I Sang The Song"

During 2016, Jutz, together with Peter Cooper and 91-year-old country music legend Mac Wiseman, spent nine Sunday afternoons at Wiseman's house writing material based on the stories Wiseman would tell of his life. [10]

In January 2017, Mountain Fever Records released these songs on the "I Sang The Song" album, produced by Jutz and Cooper. Friends and admirers performing on the album include John Prine, Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, Shawn Camp, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Andrea Zonn and Mark Fain. [11]


Solo albums

Collaborative albums

As producer

Other appearances

Video Games

Jutz's song Burning The Midnight Oil, co-written with Peter Cronin, appears on Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.

Awards and recognition

IBMA 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards – nomination for Songwriter of the Year [20]

IBMA 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards – nomination for Songwriter of the Year [21]

IBMA 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards – 4 nominations (as writer and producer in Song of the Year category, and as artist and producer in Recorded Event of the Year category) [22]

SESAC 2013 Nashville Music Awards for contributions to the album Thorn In My Heart recorded by Kim Richey [23]

SESAC 2009 Americana Performance Activity Award (with Charley Stefl) for contribution to the album The Loving Kind recorded by Nanci Griffith [24]

Member of IBMA Leadership Bluegrass class of 2015 [25]

Member of Nashville's Leadership Music class of 2013 [26]

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