Best Songwriter - 2007
In addition to running his own studio, touring with national bands and recording with crap-tons of local musicians, Jason Hutto is one of St. Louis' most gifted and prolific songwriters. These skills took center stage in the bands he fronted over the years (most notably Sexicolor and the Phonocaptors). Hutto's current band, Walkie Talkie U.S.A., best utilizes his ability to compose dazzling pop hooks and catchy choruses with panache. His lyrics are sharp; the target can jump from confessional to snarling sarcasm, even within the same song. Hutto's songs are dynamic, powerful and alive, alternating between pretty, restrained pop and searing rockers.