Old Apple Tree
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.