Molly Tuttle Rises Up With New Solo EP RISE available June 210:03 PM
Already a familiar face in bluegrass circles and folk festivals, where she's been performing since the age of eleven, Tuttle widens her reach with "Rise."
"I wanted to push outside the box," Welch said.
"It was a good step to finding my own sound, and not staying tied to the traditional bluegrass sound. I grew up playing bluegrass and I still love it, but I'm influenced by other styles of music, too. I really wanted to create something original," Welch said.Written during a period of intense change that found Tuttle moving from California to Boston to Nashville, "Rise" covers a wide swath of ground, showing the full range of its maker's abilities.
"I've always listened to a lot of songwriters who don't feel the need to stick to any one genre," Welch said. "Hazel Dickens was one of my first influences. She was part of the bluegrass family, but her songs stood out and just sounded like her. Growing up in the Bay Area, Laurie Lewis was another inspiration. She's a great songwriter and a fantastic instrumentalist. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings were huge influence, and I listened to them obsessively when I was starting to write songs."
With "Rise," Molly Tuttle cements her place in the roots-music community.
"I took the title from a line in Walden from Thoreau, where he compares the human spirit to water," Welch said. "He writes, 'The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it.' That feels really relevant to me. It describes how I'm feeling with my music, and where I'm at with creating my own sound, and where we're at in the world right now. I knew it needed to be the title of the record."For more information, please visit mollytuttlemusic.com/.
May 7 - Umpqua Symphony Association Concert Series - Roseburg, OR
May 9 - The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - Berkeley, CA
May 10 - Don Quixote's - Felton, CA
May 12 - Boulevard Music - Culver City, CA
May 27 - Strawberry Music Festival - Grass Valley, CA
June 2 - John Hartford Memorial Festival - Bean Blossom, IN
June 3 - The Station Inn (EP Release) - Nashville, TN
June 9 - Folk N Bluegrass Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO
July 12 - Middlebury Festival On The Green - Middlebury, VT
July 13 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
June 14 - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - Oak Hill, NY
July 16 - Red Wing Roots Music Festival - Mount Solon, VA
Aug. 5 - Sugar Maple Festival - Madison, WI
Aug. 12 - Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival - Alta, WY
Sept. 9 - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
Sept. 22 - Watermelon Park Festival - Berryville, VA
Sept. 24 - Amesbury Music Festival - Amesbury, MA
Oct. 21 - Blooming Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch, TX
Nov. 17 - Hudson Valley Bluegrass Assoc. - Poughkeepsie, NY