Clayton Hutson Has Seen It All In Music tour Production

As the current stage manager for both Kid Rock and Halsey, Clayton Hutson knows that portability and flexibility are required for the job. As a sound engineer, he must be nimble enough to be on the go but also be able to create the perfect stage setting each and every time, consistency being the key. This takes years of practice, an eye for detail, and knowing the equipment you use like the back of your hand. Learn more:


Clayton Hutson has traveled all over the world as a sound engineer for some of the world’s greatest artists to include Alice in Chains, Backstreet Boys, Marilyn Manson, and New Kids on the Block, among many others. He has even worked as a production manager for evangelist Billy Graham. To say he has seen it all is quite the understatement. From arena and tour rigger to motor engineer and production manager, Hutson has worked in every area of production there is.


A graduate of Central Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Theater Design and Production, Hutson went on to get his MBA at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He then set out to become a production manager in the music industry but knew that he would have to work his way up from the bottom, and that he did. He started out as a production manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis, where he sharpened his skills for nearly four years. In the year 2002 he jumped on the chance to go on the road with Marilyn Manson for the next three years.


He went on to work with such great acts like Staind, Pink, Jennifer Nettles, and even spent several months producing Kayne West’s Yeezus tour, one of the highest grossing music tours of all-time. It was this experience that drove him to want to be a road production manager. Getting things right the first time and flawlessly executing a show’s production keeps Clayton’s skill sharp. Hutson continues to strive to produce each show with absolute perfection and often he has to turn away artists who want to work with him because he is so in demand. Not bad for a kid from rural Michigan, huh?

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