The Tuttles w/ AJ Lee
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

blazing bluegrass & soulful singing

$22 adv / $24

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January 08 8:00 pm

The Tuttles with AJ LeeCatch the next generation of bluegrass masters when The Tuttles with AJ Lee take the stage at the Freight. The Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) has twice named them Best Bluegrass Band, and named 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, 2011, and 2013, 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. The NCBS gave Jack a Lifetime Achievement Award this past year.

AJ Lee of Tracy, California is a bit of a musical phenom. 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 in 2004. They started performing together in 2008, recorded their first album, Introducing the Tuttles with AJ Lee, in 2010, and recently released a terrific new album, Endless Ocean. Molly and Jack also have an album, The Old Apple Tree, and they’ve sung a duet on A Prairie Home Companion. Molly is studying at the Berklee College of Music these days, the first winner of the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship from the Foundation For Bluegrass Music, but she’ll be back home for the Freight show. It’s a great chance to see where bluegrass is headed.

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