Tuesday, April 16, 19:30
Molly Tuttle speaks softly. Her voice is both lilting and
lucid, and when she says that she wants to create
music that is truly original and unmistakably hers, her
quietness shifts into a steely audacity that’s charming
and almost funny––she’s only 25, after all. But then,
you remember her songs. And it hits you: brash,
beautiful originality is exactly what Molly is doing.
The 2017 release of her debut EP Rise further
introduced Molly to a roots music audience who had
already enthusiastically embraced and elevated her.
Her 2017 win for Guitar Player of the Year from the
International Bluegrass Association (IBMA) was
history-making, as the first woman to ever be
nominated for the honor, and the accolades have kept
coming in 2018 as Folk Alliance International’s
International Folk Music Awards awarded her Song of
the Year for her song “You Didn’t Call My Name”, being
named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association, and receiving 6
nominations for the 2018 IBMA Awards. 2018 has seen Tuttle performing for enthusiastic
audiences on such prestigious stages as as Celtic Connections, Mariposa Folk Festival, Hardly
Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Americana Music Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and many more
as well as dozens of at-capacity headline performances. October 2018 will see Tuttle opening the
first night of Jason Isbell’s sold-out run of shows at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
With all of this recognition, it might be easy to forget that Tuttle has yet to release a full-length
album. In between tours, she has been hard at work in the studio crafting her eagerly-anticipated
debut album with producer/engineer Ryan Hewitt (Avett Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Lumineers), which will be released in early 2019 on Compass Records.
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“On her solo debut, an EP titled RISE, her
playing is rhythmically complex, technically
precise, and remarkably fleet, as though there
are two sets of hands running up and down
the frets, yet the guitar remains secondary to
her evocative songwriting.”
-The Bluegrass Situation
“[Molly Tuttle] sings with the gentle authority of
Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flatpicking
guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive."
- American Songwriter Magazine
“Her songs, singing and solos, much like her
demeanor, tend to have an inward-looking
elegance to them; they’re the outward
expressions of a searching mind and a
longtime dedication to cultivating her craft” - Jewly Hight, NPR
“Among the most brilliant guitarists in this new generation is Molly Tuttle, who seems as effortlessly
conversant when flatpicking as when playing in the clawhammer style, and who is equally gifted as a singersongwriter.”
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