Catch her as she catapults: Molly Tuttle has already won so many awards, by the time she gets here she’ll be one of the most renowned guitarists on the planet.
At 25, this elite picker and songwriter is already featured in the American Country Music Hall of Fame. She’s the first woman named International Bluegrass Association’s (IBMA) Guitar Player of the Year. The Folk Alliance International’s International Folk Music Awards awarded her Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name.” Molly has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest.
Her newest album, “When You’re Ready,” will be out April 9. (Catch a teaser HERE.)
Her meteoric rise? That’s just part of the story.
Molly Tuttle speaks softly. But when she says that she wants to create music that is truly original and unmistakably hers, her quietness shifts into a steely audacity that’s charming and almost funny. But then, you remember her songs. And it hits you: brash, beautiful originality is exactly what Molly is doing.
“I love coming up with interesting guitar parts that don’t really fit––that don’t sound like any specific genre or any other guitar players,” Molly says, home in Nashville the day before heading back out on the tour that will bring her to The Myrna Loy. “I am hoping to create my own sound. To find some new ground.”
Her music isn’t easy to categorize. As she told local arts writer Marga Lincoln: “I started out as a flatpicking guitar player but I love indie rock and singer-songwriters so I guess it is a blend of those things.”
The Berklee College of Music graduate has been charming audiences and critics alike. Premier Guitar Magazine wrote that Molly is “among the most brilliant guitarists in this new generation… [she] seems as effortlessly conversant when flatpicking as when playing in the clawhammer style, and is equally gifted as a singer-songwriter.”