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Country singer-songwriter Cutter Elliott entertains, donates guitar at School for the Blind

Thursday, December 15, 2022

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind students were treated to a free concert and their Jazz Band received a new guitar -- thanks to Cutter Elliott, a singer-songwriter and rising star in Oklahoma country music.

Elliott, age 27 from Norman, and his guitar player-producer-manager Paul Reeves wanted to give away a new Yamaha acoustic guitar during a live performance on KUSH Radio in Cushing.

KUSH morning host and general manager Molly Payne suggested giving the guitar instead to Oklahoma School for the Blind students.

“We wanted to be sure that guitar got played, not just slid under somebody’s bed,” Payne said. “OSB turned out to perfect place to reach that goal.”

Elliott agreed -- plus he and Reeves performed and presented the guitar to thrilled students on OSB’s auditorium stage in Muskogee on Thursday, December 1.

OSB students and faculty cheered after each original song from Elliott’s first recording “Heartache Waiting to Happen.” The album was recorded in Nashville with a star cast of session musicians and released digitally.

Elliott spoke briefly at OSB about his heroes George Strait, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, and challenges he faces with his cerebral palsy, autism and vision and hearing losses.

Doctors told Cutter Elliott’s parents their son would never walk or talk – much less sing or graduate from high school or college. Today he’s done all of those things and he’s a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, in part because autism caused him to fixate on music.

‘My mother had a saying, ‘Can’t never could.’” Elliott said. “Anytime I’d say I can’t do this, I can’t do that, that’s what she’d say.”

“Today, I can sing, play guitar and on occasion I play a little golf.”

“I want to encourage everybody here to find whatever it is they love to do and do it the best they can,” he added during his performance at OSB. “If everybody does that, we can change the world.”

Elliot is currently writing songs for his second recording and preparing for a national radio tour in February and March 2023.

He plans to visit 65 radio stations and hopes to meet radio hosts like Molly Payne who played a role in his guitar giveaway and new friendships with Oklahoma School for the Blind fans.

Find out more about Cutter Elliott at or contact Paul Reeves at 615-719-5067 or

Oklahoma School for the Blind is a division of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

For more information, phone OSB toll free at 877-229-7136 or visit


Singer-songwriter Cutter Elliott performed for Oklahoma School for the Blind students and faculty and donated a new Yamaha guitar to OSB’s award-winning Jazz Band (1st row left to right): Abigail Norton, Ocie Webster, Cutter Elliot, Rayce Phillips, Josie Cox, Trinity Vreeland, Julio Valdez, Elbin Carrillo; (2nd row): Dayton Baccus, Chris Sumner, Ryan Williams, Adan Duran, Gerardo Rodriguez, Emileigh Jackson and OSB Band Director Chris Ferrell.

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Last Modified on Dec 15, 2022