It’s no secret that Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway is one of the hottest names in bluegrass music right now.
From the alluring, authentic vocals, to out of this world picking, and incredible storytelling abilities from Tuttle herself, you can almost envision yourself in each song like its a movie scene, and that’s the mark of a great singer/songwriter.
Tuttle and her band skyrocketed last year with the album Crooked Tree, as it featured the likes of Billy Strings, Margo Price, Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminski, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Gillian Welch.
It won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass album, and garnered Tuttle a nomination for the all-genre Best New Artist even though she’s been tearing up the bluegrass scene for a handful of years now.
With that being said, it appears they’re ready to light it up again in 2023, as they announced their latest album City of Gold, slated to drop July 21st.
The project is produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios.
Tuttle weighed in on the new album:
“When I was a kid, we took a field trip to Coloma, CA to learn about the gold rush. I’ll never forget the dusty hills and the grizzled old miner who showed us the nugget around his neck.
Just like gold fever, music has always captivated me, captured my heart, and driven me to great lengths to explore its depths.
On my new album I dug deep as a songwriter (with Ketch Secor) and co-producer (with Jerry Douglas) and surfaced with a record that celebrates the music of my heart, my life, the land where I grew up, and the stories I heard along the way.
I made this record with my band Golden Highway after playing over 100 shows across the country last year.
On the road and in the studio, we are inspired by artists such as John Hartford, Gillian Welch and Peter Rowan to name a few, whose records are like family albums to us. Just like them, on this album we chart some new territory along some old familiar ground.
The songs span from breakdowns to ballads, fairytales and fiddle tunes, from Yosemite up to the Gold Country and out beyond the mountains.
That visit to Coloma, site of California’s first gold strike is where I first heard about El Dorado, the city of gold. Playing music can take you to a place that is just as precious. I hope you like this record!”
Get ready, this oughta be a great one.
To kick off the album, Tuttle and company released lead single, “El Dorado,” today: