Our “hometown heroes” return for the annual update of a remarkable musical journey. RBA has been presenting these talented teens since they were pre-teens, and have delighted in watching them grow up on stage and mature musically. Long ago surpassing the “pretty great for kids” handle, this is a truly exceptional band.
Since last appearing on the RBA stage, Molly won the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest with her original composition "Walden," and Molly and Jack were runners-up in the Prairie Home Companion duet contest. A.J. Lee was featured in a Mother Jones magazine article titled, "Could This Kid Be the Next Alison Krauss?" And Jack was awarded a Lifetime Membership by the California Bluegrass Association.
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee features two of the finest young singers in the country, and dazzling instrumental contributions from everyone. Their musical sources and repertoire are varied and ever-changing, but remain rooted in bluegrass. As Kathy Kallick notes, “The picking is HOT and the singing is complex and gorgeous. Molly has a voice that is unique and very traditional at the same time, rich and sweet and incredibly moving. And when she blends that voice with A.J., well, chills up and down my spine! A.J.'s voice has a contemporary bluegrass sound that matches fragility with strength and confidence. Michael and Sullivan played virtuoso solos that made me burst into laughter, as I do when music delights and amazes me.”
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee are:
Molly Tuttle (19) - vocals, guitar, banjo
A.J. Lee (14) - vocals, mandolin
Sullivan Tuttle (16) - guitar
Michael Tuttle (14) - mandolin
Jack Tuttle (ageless) - acoustic bass, fiddle, vocals
Come & see them while you can; you’ll be delighted and amazed!
Here are a few videos:
White Freightliner Blues (from a previous RBA show):
White House Blues: