Molly & Jack Tuttle | The Old Apple Tree

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The Old Apple Tree

by Molly & Jack Tuttle

A father/daughter duet album of bluegrass from California that features the vocals of thirteen year-old Molly Tuttle.
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1. I Wish You Knew
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2. It's Hard To Tell The Singer From The Song
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3. Graveyard
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4. Walking The Dog
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5. June Apple
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6. Rain And Snow
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7. The Old Apple Tree
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8. Stepstone
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9. Air Mail Special On The Fly
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10. Muleskinner Blues
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11. Kentucky Waltz
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12. Going Down That Road Feeling Bad
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13. Little Maggie
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14. Alabama Jubilee
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15. Diamond Joe
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Molly & Jack Tuttle

The Old Apple Tree features the father/daughter team from Palo Alto, CA. This recording has garnered high praise in the bluegrass community and highlights the shining new light of vocalist, guitarist and banjoist, Molly Tuttle, who despite recording this at the tender age of thirteen, is creating a stir among bluegrass aficionados.

Molly is a gifted singer, influenced by the likes of Hazel Dickens, Cousin Emmy and Gillian Welch. Her understated voice is soulful and intense, and reflects a deep understanding of bluegrass and old-time singing. Her guitar and banjo solos are mature and solid, occasionally flashy, but always interesting.

Molly’s bluegrass teacher is also her playing partner and father, Jack Tuttle, who has been a fixture in the S.F. Bay Area bluegrass scene for twenty-eight years. His reputation for developing new young talent is only enhanced by this recording, but he also gets a chance to step to the front himself with his skills on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals.

The songs on this CD are mostly reinterpretations of older songs, with some interesting twists, all while maintaining the feel of bluegrass (and some old-time) from long ago. With the help of guest bass player, John Kael, as well as the miracle of over-dubbing, most tracks feature a full-on bluegrass ensemble.

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Joe Ross

Molly and Jack display a lot of class !
Playing Time – 47:38 -- Jack Tuttle is a talented California-based multi-instrumentalist and singer who has been teaching bluegrass for nearly three decades. One of his most accomplished pupils (and no doubt a “teacher’s pet” too) is his gifted teenage daughter, Molly, who vocalizes with a pensive old-timey flair, flatpicks lead guitar, frails banjo like Roba Stanley, and even gets forward rolls driving “June Apple” and “Air Mail Special on the Fly.” Molly took up guitar at age eight, and this album proves that she has both a strong work ethic and outstanding aptitude for bluegrass music. Probably inspired by a songwriter like Ruby Rakes or Virginia Stauffer, the instrumental title cut was written by Molly shortly after obtaining an open-back frailing banjo. This is one young lady with plenty of potential flash power. The CD also features guest John Kael on bass.

Molly and Jack display a lot of class on “The Old Apple Tree.” Jack’s an impressive all-around musician, and he engineered this entire project on his home computer. Molly’s well on her way to carving a significant niche for herself. Showing an affinity for both old-time and bluegrass, Molly’s mournful lament on Hazel Dickens’ “It’s Hard to Tell a Singer from the Song” or Cousin Emmy’s “Graveyard” approaches that of a wailing banshee. For the next project, I hope they’ll dig way back into the archives of the first women of country like Martha Carson, Moonshine Kate, Wilma Lee Copper or “Southern Songbird” Louisiana Lou. Molly Tuttle could become bluegrass music’s “Western Songbird.” With some more yodeling like she does in “Muleskinner Blues,” she could become as famous as the “Prairie Star” (Rosalie Allen) or “Yodeling Cowgirl” from Arkansas (Patsy Montana). Her picking proficiency is probably best displayed on a snappy “Alabama Jubilee.” Molly will really hit full bluegrass stride in a few years. Remember the name because she’s part of the genre’s future. The Tuttles have already struck a bull’s-eye with this showcase debut of their father/daughter duo, and our support of them will particularly encourage a talented young lady out west who is on a fast track to bluegrass stardom. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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