Molly Tuttle: When You’re Ready

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This is Tuttle’s debut, as long as you don’t count an earlier EP, and if you want slick, commercial rock/country, it’s pretty well perfect.

Tuttle is a guitar virtuoso — lots of people can say that, but she was crowned instrumentalist of the year at the 2018 Americana Music Awards, and was not only the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s guitar player of the year award in 2017, but also only the second to win it when she took home the same award in 2018. She’s a really good guitarist — clawhammer banjo and picking guitar, for guitarheads.

But this is pop and not authentic folk from a bloke in a beard from Appalachia (or Steve Martin), and she shows off her chops in the right places; this is not constant picking and clever playing. She also has a nice voice, clear and well suited to this sort of music, and can write a good tune. It’s all radio-friendly, while being folksy enough to sound intimate.

We can’t say anything negative. World renown follows …


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