Regina folk-rocker Glenn Sutter (sue-ter) is a familiar part of the Saskatchewan music scene. With 5 albums to his credit, including a 2019 gem called In Rivertime, he is known for honest, intelligent songs about nature, love, and the human condition, with lyrics that make you listen. Whether he’s playing solo guitar or piano or with his band, also called Rivertime, his songs touch on shared joys and painful truths, until it feels like you’re catching up with an old friend. Sometimes he writes about the storms that rumble through our troubled times, but he also shows us the sunrise and what it means to be resilient.
A lifelong musician, Sutter grew up in southwestern Manitoba, where he started playing the piano at the age of four. Classically trained through Brandon University, he collaborated with a range of blues and folk-rock musicians in Winnipeg and Ottawa before taking a hiatus to work, raise a family, and earn a PhD in biology. He took his first steps as a performing songwriter in 2006, releasing his debut album All You Need in 2008 with WCMA-winning producer David j Taylor.
Two years later, Sutter’s song Weight of the World became the official Saskatchewan song on David Suzuki’s Playlist for the Planet (CBC Radio3), and he released a live collaboration with Brett Dolter (B.D. Willoughby, Library Voices) called Seeds. He has also released a 2011 solo project called Sweet Happiness, again produced by Taylor, and a 2015 album called Let the Dog Run, produced by Mark Schmidt.
With each album, Sutter has attracted significant media attention, done bigger tours, and played at major events, including Regina’s Symphony Under the Sky, the Brandon Folk Festival, and All Folk’d Up in Montmarte. He has also been more involved in music education. Shortly after his 2015 release, he launched a unique youth and adult education program called Songwriting for Nature, which he coordinates as Curator of Human Ecology at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Sutter recorded and co-produced In Rivertime with Orion Paradis at Soulsound Studio. The songs strike a gentle balance between worldly concerns and self-reflection, including the importance of getting some “rivertime” once in a while, and showcase his talented band, which includes Anthony Bzdell (Binder Twine and the Balers) on lead guitar and mandolin, Gilles Groleau (another Baler) on violin and percussion, Michael Paul (Scott Richmond, Jeffery Straker, Rebecca Lascue) on bass, and Chris Carman (The New Montagues) on drums. The album also features Richie Pollack (Pile ‘o Bones Brass Band) on harmonica and Karley Anne Parovsky (Wolf Willow) on violin.
After releasing his new album for an enthusiastic crowd at the Artesian this fall, and having a show filmed for the Sasktel OnDemand series to be aired this winter, Sutter and his band are primed and ready to play more shows. They are busy lining up gigs and applying to festivals, so watch this website for details!