Country Music People October 2017 - Page 58

JUTZ SINGER, SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER, THOMM JUTZ’S NAME HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH QUALITY. THE IBMA SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE TALKS TO DUNCAN WARWICK. T homm Juzt has a simple recipe for success, literally. “I just try to keep things simple and book players that I trust and that I love and put them in a room and keep even the recording simple,” he says of his work as a producer. And that recipe is working out rather nicely for him, his name gracing more than twenty albums in the past five years in that capacity, all the while his name becoming synonymous with quality acoustic-based productions. With his own studio - TJ Studio - just outside of Nashville he has recorded the likes of Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman, Nanci 58 cmp - OCTOBER 2017 Griffith, and Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers). The ever modest and charming Jutz adds, “You wouldn’t believe how simple I keep it because to me that’s just the best way. It’s also the only thing I know to do really,” before admitting that, “I have had a really good couple of years.” Indeed, Jutz has had his name on the songwriting credits of four #1 bluegrass hits since April, 2016 as well as on nine other top-20 bluegrass songs over the same period. Due to that success Jutz is now in the running for Songwriter Of The Year at the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards and releases his own Crazy If You Let It album this month. “I’ve always been in love with bluegrass music. I obviously didn’t grow up in that culture but it’s the kind of music that’s really dear to my heart and everything I’ve done always has to have this very strong acoustic vibe to it. But this is a full blown bluegrass record because I’ve had good luck in that world the last couple of years as a writer and I just felt myself gravitating more and more to that.” The culture in which Thomm Jutz grew up was further removed from the grass of Kentucky than it is for most in