Mountain Home congratulates Thomm Jutz on GRAMMY nomination
November 24, 2020
Mountain Home Music Company congratulates artist Thomm Jutz whose album To Live In Two Worlds, Vol. 1 (STREAM/BUY) has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The nomination marks the first for Jutz and the fifth for the label based near Asheville, North Carolina.
“I am so thrilled and excited about this,” says Jutz. “Thanks to all the good folks at Mountain Home Music and all the players and writers who contributed to this album.”
Jutz, who calls Nashville home, has become known for his songwriting that spins historical tales as reflected in the mind of a deeply insightful observer who, though foreign born, has always found his soul belonging to the American Southland.
Peter Cooper—Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Senior Director, producer and writer—notes “Thomm will dispute this argument with an anxious shake of his ex-German head but he joins Norman Blake and Tony Rice as one of the quiet and graceful heroes of the acoustic guitar. … If he couldn’t play a clean note on the guitar, he’d be a songwriting marvel. And if he couldn’t write a song, he’d be a wondrous singer. Against odds and across a vast ocean, Thomm has connected with a disparate culture. He has internalized it, and he has enriched it. He ignored every notion of destiny in favor of practice and intention, and now we can listen to his songs and understand something of ourselves while we tap our feet and nod our own anxious heads.”
The legendary Tom T. Hall has said about Jutz, “For years I have hoped that some young man would get off the bus in Nashville with a guitar wrapped in a cellophane dry cleaning bag and bring something new and exciting to the music scene. I know that songwriters and singers don’t ride buses anymore unless they own them. As an old songwriter myself, I am pleased that one of my wishes has come true. Thomm Jutz is in town and the town is all the better for it.”
On To Live In Two Worlds, Vol. 1, we find the stories of rambling vagabond musicians, the hard life of mill workers, tragic Civil War characters both real and imagined, semi-forgotten regional legends and new stories of more recent real-life dramas and tragedies that will be tomorrow’s parables.
The To Live In Two Worlds collection is unique in that it showcases Jutz’s diverse talents. “I wanted to make another bluegrass record but I also wanted to make a ‘true’ solo record, with just me singing and playing. So I did both,” Jutz said. “The players on these records are my dream team, and I love how the band and solo tracks correspond on these two volumes. From a songwriter’s perspective I feel that this is my best work yet. I’ve found my place with ‘one foot in a different world and one foot here today.’”
Mountain Home’s Jon Weisberger adds, “This project went through more than one twist on its way to release, so it’s especially exciting to see it recognized. All of us at Mountain Home Music Company are happy to have played a part in bringing what was always there—Thomm’s talent, his unique perspective and his love for history and a good story—to a broader audience.”
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About Thomm Jutz | Thomm Jutz is a songwriter, producer and guitar player whose songs have been recorded by Balsam Range, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Terry Baucom, Nanci Griffith, Kim Richey and many more. To date he has had six #1 bluegrass songs and was nominated for IBMA Songwriter Of The Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. His song “Going Back To Bristol” was nominated for Song Of The Year 2017. He’s the producer and principal songwriter of The 1861 Project, a three-record collection of original songs about the American Civil War. He also co-wrote and produced I Sang The Song, a musical biography of Mac Wiseman featuring John Prine, Alison Krauss, Shawn Camp and many other renowned Bluegrass artists. Jutz has previously released two Bluegrass solo records Volunteer Trail and Crazy If You Let It. He is the recipient of 2 SESAC Awards, an alumnus of both Leadership Music and Leadership Bluegrass, and is an adjunct instructor at Belmont University’s Songwriting program.