Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. Sutton eventually left the band to focus on session work. In addition to Skaggs, Sutton has toured with the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Hot Rize, Chris Thile, Tony Rice and others.
Sutton endorses guitars built by Dana Bourgeois. He plays a Bourgeois "Country Boy Deluxe" model dreadnought and also has his own signature model, the "Banjo Killer" slope-shouldered dreadnought. He also regularly performs with a 1940 Martin D-28.
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- 2000 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
- 2003 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
- 2004 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
- 2005 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
- 2006 - IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
- 2007 - Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for Whiskey Before Breakfast w/ Doc Watson