Tut Taylor


Oral History Information

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Job Title
Co-Founder, Musician
Company Name
GTR Guitars

Tut Taylor was a world renowned Dobro player, but did you know he partnered with George Gruhn and the two hired Randy Wood to form a music store in Nashville?  Gruhn Guitars began as GTR, which was an abbreviation for George, Tut and Randy, when it opened in the 1970s. Although George would buy Tut out a short time later, the experience inspired Tut to continue to collect guitars and other stringed instruments. This included another partnership with Randy, opening the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, and soon thereafter purchasing the assets of the Grammer Guitar Company. This eventually led to his creation of Crafters of Tennessee with his sons.  His playing career led to several albums, world tours and the cover of several magazines including Guitar Player and Pickin'.