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This only-in-Savannah double bill turns the Morris Center into a picker’s paradise. 

Bryan Sutton is widely regarded as one of the top flatpickers in acoustic music, having won the International Bluegrass Music Association Guitarist of the Year Award seven times (including this year). A native of Asheville, NC, Sutton began his foray into the bluegrass world as a member of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder in the mid-90s. Since 2002, he’s been the guitarist for Hot Rize (SMF 2015), while also working with numerous other artists such as the Tim O’Brien Band (SMF 2011), Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Harry Connick, Jr. Always striving to keep his bluegrass roots strong, Sutton has released four solo projects, toured with artists like Béla Fleck and Chris Thile, and even won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Country Performance for his duet recording with Doc Watson. In this SMF appearance, Sutton fronts his own band, including Sam Grisman on bass, Mike Barnett on fiddle and Casey Campbell on mandolin.

Haas Kowert Tice is a virtuosic acoustic trio consisting of three alumni of SMF’s 2012 Acoustic Music Seminar: Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass and Jordan Tice on guitar. The ability to reverently yet comfortably expand on traditions with Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser; Paul Kowert’s groundbreaking work with the Punch Brothers, the Dave Rawlings Machine and his studies with Edgar Meyer; Jordan Tice’s ensembles and recordings with like-minded artists Noam Pikenly and Casey Driessen. The thread that ties this all together is a driving passion to share great music with friends.

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