One of the highlights of 2018 here at TLR was the visit of Molly Tuttle and Rachel Baiman in April. Rachel was already established via her work with Ten String Symphony, but everyone was absolutely floored by the guitar playing and performance of Molly Tuttle. We knew she was a major star in the making. Well, despite another heap of awards to come her way (see more below), we’ve been lucky enough to secure her again. This time she takes centre stage! 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.
On her debut solo EP Rise, Molly reveals the rich new ground she’s discovered. Produced by Kai Welch (Abigail Washburn, Bobby Bare, Jr., the Greencards), the seven-song collection relies on a rock-solid bluegrass foundation as Molly breaks free without breaking ties, singing and exploring what her six-string acoustic guitar can do. “This album was a big learning process for me,” Molly says. “I knew Kai would know directions to take my songs that would push me a little outside of my box. I grew a lot more confident in the direction I am heading as an artist.”
Rise further introduces Molly to a roots music audience who’s 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 even be nominated for the honour.
The accolades 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’; the Americana Music Award for Instrumentalist of the Year; and then retaining the IBMA Guitar Player Award! ‘Molly Tuttle, blew away the unsuspecting crowd with her rapid fire bluegrass guitar work that would put even the most talented shredders to shame. It was a marvel to see such incredible technical skill combined with a sweet voice and fun, barn-storming songwriting.’ — JONAH, WRITE TO THE BEAT