Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway takes her bluegrass brassiness to the stars in the First Citizens Bank Front Row series on June 9. Here is what you should know:
Her and her band of bluegrass virtuosos featuring mandolinist Dominick Leslie, banjoist Kyle Tuttle, fiddle player Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, and bassist Shelby Means— have been touring the United States this year in support of Tuttle’s new record Crooked Tree. The debut release for Nonesuch Records is co-produced by Tuttle and bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas (who also plays Dobro throughout the album).
“…My intention was just to make an album that reflected the music that’s been passed down through generations in my family.”
As an award-winning guitarist and songwriter, the native Californian continues to push her songwriting in new directions and transcend musical boundaries.
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Since moving to Nashville in 2015, Tuttle has worked with many of her peers and heroes in the Americana, folk, and bluegrass communities, winning Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Awards. Tuttle’s 2019 debut album, When You’re Ready, received critical acclaim, with NPR Music praising its “handsomely crafted melodies that gently insinuate themselves into the memory,” and the Wall Street Journal lauding Tuttle’s “genre-boundary-crossing comfort and emotional preparedness,” calling the record an “invigorating, mature and attention-grabbing first album.” Tuttle’s accolades also include Folk Alliance International’s honor for Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name,” from her 2017 Rise EP, and consecutive trophies for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year; she was the first woman in the history of the IBMA to win that honor.
To get a feel for Molly Tuttle’s latest album and other artists like her coming to Spoleto this year, check out our playlist on Spotify.
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Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway will take the stage at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard Thursday, June 9 at 9:00pm.