Chris Sharp (born 1973 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States) is an American musician, guitarist, singer, and record producer who participated in the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou. He is considered to be an accomplished guitarist and has taken special interest in advancing Lester Flatt’s guitar style. Among other accomplishments, Chris has been nominated twice for a Grammy Award as a guitarist and producer and has won once. Bob Piekiel’s seminal banjo instruction book describes Chris as “the finest bluegrass rhythm guitar player in existence today.” Willie Nelson also considers Chris to be among “the cream of the crop.”
Around age 11, Sharp took up the fiddle and banjo. As a teenager he met George Buckner and joined his band, The Tarheel Bluegrass Boys, and in 1995 moved to Nashville with Buckner and Kevin Sluder. After two years, Sharp returned to North Carolina where he started a band called the Tipton Hill Boys.
With John Hartford
In 1997, Sharp landed a job touring with John Hartford and played guitar in the style of Lester Flatt in the John Hartford Stringband. This gig enabled Chris to play the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium numerous times. Chris played guitar and sang on John’s 1999 album Good Old Boys and John’s final album Hamilton Ironworks which was released in 2001.