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2021 PineCone presents Molly Tuttle

Friday, July 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
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A virtuosic, award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle has performed at Telluride, Newport Folk Fest, and several major festivals, and in 2017, she earned IBMA’s Guitar Player of the Year award, becoming the first woman to achieve that honor. In March 2020, the Nashville-based artist experienced the devastating tornado that tore through much of East Nashville, followed by the global pandemic. Tuttle, who grew up in California and has toured as a solo artist for years, suddenly found herself – along with the rest of the musician community – sheltering at home. She found solace in revisiting favorite songs from throughout her life in an attempt to “remind myself why I love music.” She conceptualized an idea for a record with renowned LA producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird). The result is …but i’d rather be with you on Compass Records, 10 tracks that showcase Tuttle’s clear, true voice, astonishing range and incredible musicianship.

Tuttle taught herself how to use ProTools, recorded and engineered all of her parts alone before sending them to Berg in Los Angeles. Berg enlisted legendary session musicians, including drummer Matt Chamberlain and keys player Patrick Warren, to add instrumentation in their respective home studios. Guest vocalists include Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor. “This is how the astronauts do it!” she recalls Berg saying as they sent the files back and forth.

“I have been working on writing for another original album and am still planning to record that this year,” Tuttle says, “but in the meantime I wanted to share these covers that have lifted my spirits, in hopes that you’ll find some much-needed joy as well.”

Nashville-based songwriter Gabe Lee opens this show. Lee is becoming increasingly known for his ability to detail the intricacies of everyday life, the small distinctions that leave some on the fringe and others in the mainstream, and the particulars that stick around long after a lover leaves. His second album in as many years, Honky Tonk Hell (2020), finds Lee diving deeper into themes that aren’t far from his own life — exactly what it meant to grow up in Nashville and what it means to still be a songwriter there, how it feels to be settling into adulthood and the monotony and occasional heartbreak it can contain, as well as the pieces of a younger time that didn’t quite work out as expected. But, the way he tells these stories — these common pieces of experiences — is through narratives of men on the run, lovers who leave and vivid imagery, inspired by everything from Biblical stories to forgotten small towns and the people who inhabit them.

One of just a few songwriters of Asian descent in Nashville’s music scene, Lee’s parents immigrated from Taiwan in the early ‘80s to pursue Master’s degrees at the University of Arizona. They followed a job to Nashville, where he was raised. His mother, a professional and classically-trained pianist, was an integral force in Lee’s musical education.

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Friday, July 9, 2021
7:30 pm
$$36.47-$47.20 in person; $16.09 livestream for members. for general public. Sales tax & facility fee included in ticket price. Members pre-sale begins Tuesday, April 13, 10 a.m. General public on-sale begins Tuesday, April 20, 10 a.m. Livestream ticket holders will have access to the concert for 72 hours.
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Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E South St
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