The Tuttles with AJ Lee
Location: Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View
Bluegrass & roots music from the next generation!
"At Gettysburg, they received 3 Standing O's and were introduced for their second set as the surprise and discovery of the festival. The reception was the same at Wind Gap; their instrumental wizardry almost made me laugh out loud in sheer amazement.”
- Dave Porter, Bluegrass Music Association of Canada
You’ve watched them grow up on the RBA stage. For more than a decade, their performances have been highlights of the RBA concert season, and we’re thrilled to bring them back once again. Long ago surpassing the “pretty great for kids” handle, this is a truly exceptional band. Come & see them while you can; you’ll be delighted and amazed!
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee have received numerous awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society: Best Band (3 times), Best Guitarist (both Molly Tuttle and Sullivan Tuttle), Best Mandolin Player (Michael Tuttle - twice), Best Fiddler (Jack Tuttle - 3 times), and Best Female Vocalist (AJ Lee - 5 times - and Molly Tuttle).
"Perhaps you have already seen the Tuttles ('El Cumbanchero’) on YouTube. If so, you will be happy to know that the precocious poppets have grown into tasteful, mature players. Molly picks her banjo and guitar solid, while A.J. Lee and Michael share inventive mandolin leads and occasionally twin each other. Sullivan, on guitar, still serves up some flash and pizzazz, but never at the expense of the song. Youngsters are always going to dazzle with instrumental prowess. The question is: Can they sing? The answer is a resounding yes! AJ and Molly, who share the lead vocals, have impressive young voices — pure and unadorned. With singing and picking like this, these young players are a welcome wave of the future.” - Murphy Henry, Bluegrass Unlimited
"The members of the Tuttles with AJ Lee are all very talented, offering skillful solos throughout. Molly (guitar, banjo, and vocals), A.J. (mandolin and vocals), Sullivan (guitar), Michael (mandolin), and Jack (bass, fiddle, and harmony vocals) work well together, moving easily between classic and newer sounds. Like many younger bands, the group does sound more comfortable on the more modern pieces, but it’s nice to see them honoring tradition as well. The clear, smooth voices of AJ and Molly guide the band, layering well over the nicely performed instrumental work.” - John Curtis Goad, Bluegrass Today
About the band:
Molly has graduated from the Berklee College of Music and moved to Nashville, released a duo album with John Mailander and is about to release a solo album of original compositions, and tours and records with The Goodbye Girls as well as The Molly Tuttle Band; Molly also won the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship, the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition (MerleFest), and the FreshGrass Festival's Duet Contest (with John Mailander), and was twice nominated for IBMA Momentum Awards;
AJ graduates from high school soon after her RBA appearance, has released a solo EP along with a downloadable collection of originals, is a member of Blue Summit and leads her own band, AJ Lee & the Valley Ramblers;
Michael also graduates from high school soon after his RBA appearance and has been featured at the San Francisco Festival of the Mandolin;
Sullivan is a student at UC Santa Cruz, is also a member of Blue Summit, and has begun to take a more active role as a vocalist in the band;
Jack is the author of eleven bluegrass music instruction books, maintains a busy schedule of teaching, and is Music Editor for Fiddler Magazine.
"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. She reminded me a bit of Nickel Creek, if all three members were transformed into a single bluegrass superhero.” - Jonah, Write to the Beat
"Wherever AJ Lee performs, audiences are shocked by her supermodel looks, her technically perfect vocals, and her mature onstage professionalism. I, too, was completely blown away by the talented young singer.”
- Mark Lorier, Californiality
"Alabam" (recorded at 1-17-15 RBA show)
"Columbus Stockade Blues" (recorded at 1-17-15 RBA show)
"White Freightliner Blues"