The Duttons consist of 3 generations of amazing talent. They have been recording, performing and touring together professionally for over 20 years. The adult Duttons started out their musical training as classical musicians, but it didn’t take long for them to branch out to play just about any style of music. Along with the classical, they play pop, country, bluegrass and gospel. That ability to adapt and play just about any style of music is just one of the things that makes them so unique. The Duttons, an international performing and touring group, are recording artists who play everything from bluegrass to classical in their shows. Featuring a variety of instruments, violin, guitar, bass, viola, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica and drums among others, The Duttons have won recognition in national fiddling contests, as studio musicians and have also garnered praise and awards in classical violin competitions. In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, The Duttons are accomplished singers and dancers and have been recognized as superb vocal talents. Behind the scenes, The Duttons collaborate to create unique production ideas for their shows which delight audiences. The show is self produced by the family including choreography, musical arrangement, technical support, production, and marketing, the end result of which is the audience streaming from the theater proclaiming, “This is the best show I have ever seen in my life.” Inspiration for this amazing group has come from various sources. Some performers that are favorites with the family members are The Eagles, Ricky Skaggs, Rascal Flatts, Eric Clapton and James Taylor. Their true source of inspiration, however, lies with Dean and Sheila Dutton, aka Dad and Mom to The Duttons.
The next generation of Duttons is proving just as talented as their parents and grandparents. The Dutton Grandchildren, ranging in age from 22 to 6 have been participating in show business since they were first born, and it shows in their skills in dance, instrumentals and vocals. They are a crucial part of the show and many audience members come back and see the show again and again just to see how the younger set of Duttons has grown and what antics and musical surprises they have developed. The younger set of Duttons is coming along beautifully in their musical talents, so much so that they were recently featured with the adult Duttons on Nickelodeon’s “America’s Most Musical Family.” Since becoming full time musicians in 1991, The Duttons as a whole have not looked back and have gone on to a successful touring career and music business. Today, they own their own theater in Branson, Missouri where they perform over 300 shows a year, as well as their own hotel and gift shop. Additionally, they operate the Dutton Theater, Mesa where they now spend their winters and perform in the sunny Phoenix Valley of Arizona Mid-December through the first of April. Last, and most fascinating with this family is how The Duttons’ love for each other and their love for what they do is immediately obvious. “I, for one, have never witnessed anything like this instant rapport between performers and ticket buyers – and I’ve been attending concerts for almost six decades,” says critic Mike Kerverlas of the Sumter, S.C. Item. “In short, The Duttons are showmanship personified.”