The Tuttles with AJ Lee
Saturday, January 2, 2016, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

blazing bluegrass & soulful singing

$20 adv / $22 door

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January 02 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, 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, 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 last 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 at the California Bluegrass Association’s festival in Grass Valley in 2004. They started performing together in 2008, recorded their first album, Introducing the Tuttles with AJ Lee, in 2010, and released a terrific follow-up in 2013, 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 recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship, and released two exciting EPs with friends from Berklee, The Goodbye Girls and Molly Tuttle & John Mailander. Her solo show last summer at the Freight was sensational. Don’t miss this outstanding family and friend band as they point the way to the future of bluegrass!

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