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For years we have recognized what a particular seed Molly Tuttle was. She gained the International Bluegrass Music Awards’ Guitarist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 in a ridiculously crowded area of different up-and-coming and savvy veterans, however that recognition did not really feel like the top of a profession, only the start. Wait for her to bloom. We may look ahead to a long time of devoted bluegrass from this former household band player-turned-flatpicking maestro for the ages.

But that is not precisely how Molly Tuttle’s profession manifested itself as she discovered her means out of the shadows of bluegrass facet participant gigs and “feature” roles. She explored the realms of people and songwriting prolifically, maybe not eager to be constrained by the generally restrictive world of bluegrass. She wished to verify she outlined herself and was against being outlined by the expectations of others.

But all that modified when she introduced the formation of her bluegrass backing band, Golden Highway, and launched a full-blown bluegrass album, Crooked Tree, earlier this 12 months. So usually relating to extremely anticipated albums, our expectations exceed even the chances of actuality. But that wasn’t the case with Crooked Tree and Molly Tuttle. It was the whole lot we wished and hoped for from Molly Tuttle’s long-awaited leap into bluegrass.

But what’s taking place dwell now with Molly Tuttle takes it to yet one more degree. The reserved and reserved woman with in any other case red-hot fingers has let all of it go along with Golden Highway, having extra enjoyable than she needs to be allowed to, letting few inhibitions get in her means and even carrying her midriff in crop tops to go well with and tie requirements in lots of appearances by Billy Monroe. Molly Tuttle was by no means shy as a picker. She may articulate no matter she imagined, solely restricted by the bodily legal guidelines of how briskly human fingers can articulate. But now she’s not afraid as an individual, and that has resulted in a few of the finest music at the moment being made in any style.

The enthusiasm she reignited for bluegrass transmitted to the group and helped ignite a spark among the many style as a complete. She was at her finest when she took the stage with Golden Highway for the forty ninth Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado on Friday, June seventeenth. A bucket listing occasion for any bluegrass participant, taking part in on this stage held particular which means for Molly and her cohorts.

“I envisioned playing these songs on this stage and it’s a dream come true,” Molly stated, however her set began off a bit soggy. Just as she took the stage, it began to rain after which pour. Molly was protected by the stage itself, however some took cowl whereas others fished for his or her ponchos. Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway continued to play.

Although the die-hards held out within the area and Molly Tuttle did not wish to miss something, only some seats have been occupied within the very first rows of the VIP space as a result of rain. But in a second solely the Telluride Bluegrass Festival may present, none apart from Dierks Bentley confirmed up, nonetheless pouring rain, and he flopped down entrance to see Molly Tuttle’s set and present his help. It was rattling cool.

Of course, Bentley is a part-time resident of Telluride and has a protracted historical past with bluegrass himself, first acting at locations like The Station Inn in Nashville and releasing the album Up on the Ridge with The Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss, Chris Thile and The Punch Brothers. Dierks positively deserves “good guy” reward for braving the climate. He additionally stayed on the set of Tyler Childers and upon leaving made certain to chase Molly, who was additionally watching from the stage, and expressed his appreciation for what she is doing.

But at that second it wasn’t about Dierks. It was all about Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway. Eventually the rain let up and so they put collectively a superb set which included lots of Crooked Tree’s wonderful tunes together with some wonderful covers similar to Rancid’s ‘Olympia, WA’ and John’s ‘Up On The Hill Where They Do The’ Hartford Boogie.”

Kudos also to Golden Highway members Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Shelby Means (bass) and Kyle Tuttle (banjo) who have been riding the rising wave from Molly to their own bluegrass superstars become Small attention.

Molly Tuttle definitely had a “second” at the 2022 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and it will likely be one of many as she continues to distinguish herself as one of the top performers in the discipline.

All photos by Kyle “Trigger” Coroneos

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

Dierks Bentley braves the rain for Molly

Bronwyn Keith Hynes and Kyle Tuttle

Dominick Leslie (with Shelby Means within the background)

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