Colin Botts is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and as a former Capitol Records-Nashville recording artist (Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand), has shared the stage with many artists including Bob Dylan, LeAnn Rimes, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Big & Rich. He has appeared on television in the hit music videos “Dream Big” and “Banjo Boy” as well as performing on NBCʼs Three Wishes with Amy Grant. He has also performed live in hundreds of venues, both across the United States and internationally.
Colin Botts is a passionate and dedicated teacher and has had the privilege to teach and lecture in a variety of settings, from university classrooms to private lessons, as well as music camps and festivals. In 2009 Colin was invited to Utah State University to earn a degree in Guitar Education under the tutelage of renowned guitar educators Mike and Corey Christiansen. Colin Botts is co-author of Mel Bayʼs Killer Technique Flatpicking Guitar.
Music has taken Colin Botts around the world, having studied guitar from gauchos in Argentina, concertina and bouzouki from traditional musicians in Ireland, and fiddle from gypsies while traveling through Romania. In 2013 Colin was awarded a masters degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance from The University of Limerick, Ireland.
Colin Botts has recently accepted a teaching position in the guitar department at Utah State University and currently has openings for new students in his private studio. Students of all ages and abilities are invited to contact him for more information.