Nashville based banjoist Kyle Tuttle is one of the most exciting players and writers in the acoustic music world today. After years of working as a sideman, he has stepped into the spotlight with the release of a new banjo record ‘Bobcat’. Having studied with Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, and Bill Keith, and played in many Bluegrass bands, he has a solid grasp on the techniques that create driving banjo music. Also having spent the formative years playing in Old Time and Punk Rock bands, Kyle’s sound is comprehensive and distinct. His unique brand of banjo playing has turned the heads of several great artists, allowing him to perform with Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Big & Rich, Hayseed Dixie, and the list goes on.
“Precious few banjo players have both solid mastery of traditional Scruggs style and also the impulse and ability to make eclectic excursions using high-challenge techniques. On Bobcat, that combination creates a likeable “anything might happen” feeling that pulls the listener in. Kyle’s tone and execution are clean and attractive, and help sell his musical choices to the listener. In all, Bobcat is a welcome debut, introducing us to a banjo player who deserves our attention.”
– Pete Wernick, of Hot Rize
Kyle became the Australian National Banjo Champion in 2015. He aslo placed 2nd in the Walnut Valley Banjo Contest in 2015 and 2012, and 2nd in the MerleFest Banjo Contest in 2012. Growing up around Folk and Bluegrass, he has a strong appreciation for traditional American music. Kyle worked for three years in a band called “Here’s to the Long Haul” that was heavily involved with the grass-roots movement against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in the Southeastern States. Between protests, rallies, community meetings, and the occasional bar gig, the band was basically on full time tour for three years. In 2009 he left HTTLH to study music theory and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While studying there he made strong connections with Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Bela Fleck, John McGann, and David Newsam. After 2 years in school, Kyle relocated to Nashville, TN. In 2012, he was selected to participate in the Savannah Music festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar- a scholarship-based mentoring program with acoustic greats such as Mike Marshal, Chris Thile, and Edgar Meyer.
As well as performing live, he also maintains an online teaching studio at KyleTuttle.com/lessons providing a very unique style of banjo instruction for advanced students. He also writes for The Banjo Newsletter.