Thursday, January 20, 2022 – Molly Tuttle makes her Nonesuch Records debut, “Crooked Tree,” on April 1 with her new bluegrass collective Golden Highway.
The title track is available today. Tuttle and her band perform the song live HERE.
Golden Highway is Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Shelby Means (bass) and Kyle Tuttle (banjo). The band will embark on a headline tour beginning tonight with shows at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern (two nights), Portland’s Mississippi Studios (two nights) and Los Angeles’ Roxy.
Recorded live at Nashville’s Oceanway Studios, “Crooked Tree” was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski and Gillian Welch.
The album explores Tuttle’s love of bluegrass, which she discovered through her father, a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist, and her grandfather, a banjo player. Tuttle wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks.
“I always knew I wanted to make a bluegrass record someday,” Tuttle said. “Once I started writing, everything flowed so easily: sometimes I’ve felt an internal pressure to come up with a sound no one’s heard before, but this time my intention was just to make an album that reflected the music that’s been passed down through generations in my family. I found a way to do that while writing songs that feel true to who I am, and it really helped me to grow as a songwriter.”
In addition to Tuttle (vocals, guitars), Douglas (Dobro), Keith-Hynes (fiddle) and Leslie (mandolin), “Crooked Tree” also features musicians Darol Anger (fiddle), Ron Block (banjo), Mike Bub (upright bass), Jason Carter (fiddle), Viktor Krauss (upright bass), Todd Phillips (upright bass) and Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle) with additional harmony vocals from Tina Adair, Lindsay Lou and Melody Walker.
Raised in Northern California, Tuttle attended Berklee College of Music and moved to Nashville in 2015. Since then, she released two full length albums: her 2019 debut, “When You’re Ready” and “…but i’d rather be with you,” a covers album released in 2020.
The track list is:
1. She’ll Change
2. Flatland Girl featuring Margo Price
3. Dooley’s Farm featuring Billy Strings
4. Big Backyard featuring Old Crow Medicine Show
5. Crooked Tree
7. The River Knows
8. Over the Line featuring Sierra Hull
9. Nashville Mess Around
10. San Francisco Blues featuring Dan Tyminski
11. Goodbye Girl
12. Side Saddle featuring Gillian Welch
13. Grass Valley
Tour datse are:
Jan. 20-21—Seattle, WA—Tractor Tavern
Jan. 22-23—Portland, OR—Mississippi Studios
Jan. 25—Grass Valley, CA—Center for the Arts
Jan. 26—Sacramento, CA—Goldfields
Jan. 27—Mill Valley, CA—Sweet Water Music Hall
Jan. 28—Morro Bay, CA—The Siren
Jan. 31—Santa Barbara, CA—Soho
Feb. 1—San Juan Capistrano, CA—The Coach House
Feb. 2—Los Angeles, CA—The Roxy
Feb. 24—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room
Feb. 25—Fort Collins, CO—Aggie Theatre
Feb. 26—Steamboat Springs, CO—WinterWonderGrass
Feb. 27—Boulder, CO—Fox Theatre
March 2—Omaha, NE—Slowdown
March 3—Lawrence, KS—Bottleneck
March 4—St. Louis, MO—Old Rock House
March 5—Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi Indy
March 6—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar
March 10—Nashville, TN—Station Inn
March 11—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle
March 12—Clemson, SC—Clemson Guitar Festival
March 13—Chattanooga, TN—Songbirds North
March 18—Pelham, TN—The Caverns
April 21—Tampa, FL—The Attic
April 22—Lake Wales, FL—Bok Tower Gardens
April 23—Miramar Beach, FL—Moon Crush 2022
April 28—Menlo Park, CA—The Guild Theater
April 30—Indio, CA—Stagecoach
June 16—Telluride, CO—Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 30—Quincy, CA—High Sierra Music Festival
Sept. 2—Mill Spring, NC—Earl Scruggs Music Festival