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  • The Tuttles with AJ Lee

    This show was on Jan 2nd, 2014 | 77 people watched
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    • Jan 3
      An engaging concert with the Tuttles and AJ Lee, one of the best yet! Their musicality and talent far surpass one's expectation ~ the singing was rich and varied from a Joni Mitchell tune (Molly) to AJ's soulful singing to Sully and Michael blending in, not to mention the picking and playing ... can not wait to see what you all have in store for next time! The stream and sound was the best yet for me. Thank you to all - Jack, Molly, Sully, Michael and AJ! (and I really enjoyed meeting new friends on Chat and seeing old ones :)
    • Jan 3
      No hesitation...5 stars. The sound quality was for the most part was very good once the Freight's sound desk made a couple tweaks,mostly on Molly's instrument mic when she played banjo,since it had a resonator on it. Video quality was first-class. These folks just seem to go from strong to stronger. Someone's always getting a little bit better. Here we have Sully's singing debut,showing us his robust baritone voice,which is bound to be an asset to their already fine-tuned vocal blend. He's also stepped it up on the guitar ; I noticed he's added speed-picking to his toolbag, Everyone else continues to contribute to excellence the band is known for. A.J.'s lovely singing is developing depth as she gets older,and her mandolin playing is also maturing. Michael takes a back seat to no one on mandolin,and Molly's virtuosity at this point hardly needs coverage,but I'll say it anyway - - SHE'S AWESOME! And Jack obviously figures large as a fine bassist and fiddler,major player in the harmony singing,leader,MC,and of course mentor/teacher to the "kids". A great band who've been setting trends,garnering awards,a delivering top-flight music for several years now. I predict that they'll be remembered as one of the greatest.
    • Jan 3
      The Tuttles were great. I really enjoyed them. Video and audio was very good.
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The Northern California Bluegrass Society has named them Best Bluegrass Band the last two years in a row, as well as naming Molly Tuttle the Best Guitarist, Michael Tuttle the Best Mandolin Player, and Jack Tuttle the Best Fiddler. Oh, and Best Female Vocalist? That would be AJ in 2010 and 2011, Molly in 2012. The point is, these folks can sing and play bluegrass with skill and spirit far... more

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has named them Best Bluegrass Band the last two years in a row, as well as naming Molly Tuttle the Best Guitarist, Michael Tuttle the Best Mandolin Player, and Jack Tuttle the Best Fiddler. Oh, and Best Female Vocalist? That would be AJ in 2010 and 2011, Molly in 2012. The point is, these folks can sing and play bluegrass with skill and spirit far beyond their years – except for Jack. His years are already up there with his spirit and skill. He’s the father of Molly, Michael, and Sullivan, the band’s bass player, and he gave the kids their first music lessons in their living room in Palo Alto, passing along what he learned as a member of the original Tuttle Family Band that his father Gerald started many decades ago on the family’s farm in Illinois.

AJ Lee of Tracy, California is a bit of a musical phenom. She’s not yet 16, and she’s already been the subject of a Mother Jones article titled “Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?” She plays ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but what really sets her apart is her voice, rich, lovely, and full of mature feeling. She and the Tuttles first crossed paths at the California Bluegrass Association’s festival in Grass Valley in 2004. They started performing together in 2008 and recorded their first album, Introducing the Tuttles with AJ Lee, in 2010. Molly and Jack also have an album, The Old Apple Tree, and in October they sang a duet on A Prairie Home Companion. Molly is studying at the Berklee College of Music these days, having won the first Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship from the Foundation For Bluegrass Music.

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