RBA has been fortunate to witness the development of one
of the country's most remarkable young bluegrasss musicians:
Frankie Nagle. On the RBA stage, Frankie sat in with Karl
Shiflett, had a duo with Brittany Haas, was part of the School
Of Bluegrass, and teamed with other hot young musicians in
Donner Mountain has now become Lost Coast, and their high
energy shows, enjoyed at festivals throughout the western
United States, reflect their passion for traditional bluegrass
music of the past, while fresh, dazzling arrangements create
a new sound that’s all their own. That Lost Coast combination
of exuberance and musical prowess recently won them first
prize in the 2006 National Bluegrass Playoffs at the Huck
Finn Jubilee in Victorville, CA.
In addition to Frankie Nagle (banjo, vocals), Lost Coast
is comprised of Jacob Groopman (guitar, vocals), Hide Kawatsure
(mandolin, vocals), and Annie Staninec (fiddle, vocals).
Jack and Molly Tuttle
Jack has performed professionally in numerous bands, including
the Tall Timber Boys and Fog City Ramblers (bluegrass), the
Gryphon Quintet and Front Porch Swing Band (swing), Emerald
(Celtic), and the Mayfield String Band (old-time). And he
has taught more than 1000 students over twenty years in both
private and group lessons, as well as at the Festival of American
Fiddle Tunes, the California Coast Music Camp, and the CBA
Jack has been especially successful teaching children, some
of whom have grown into major talents on the local and national
scene. His School Of Bluegrass bands have introduced RBA audiences
to some of the top emerging talents in the west.
Among his most successful and talented students is his daughter
Molly. Jack and Molly are recording a CD which should be available
by this concert, and her guitar playing and singing are sure
to find a wider audience. Already she's caught the ear of
Laurie Lewis, who notes, "She has a very self-effacing
style [and] obviously really cares about what she does and
loves what she does."
Dan Paisley heard and played a bit with Molly at last fall's
Bluegrassin' In the Foothills Festival. He reports that we
was "blown away" by her music, also saying, "Molly
doesn't just play the right notes, she feels them. Her singing
is the same."
The CBA has put up a couple of videos onto YouTube from Nashville
of Molly and my set at a showcase. Singer
From the Song and Graveyard.
Both Molly and Frankie Nagle are barely teenagers and Annie
Staninec is barely out of her teens, so the evening will provide
a delightful look at the future of Bay Area bluegrass.
Go see the Lost
Go See Jack
Tuttle's or Molly