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Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway (from the album City of Gold available on Nonesuch Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
No fluff and all filler. That’s the deal with City of Gold, the latest from Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway. While in this writer’s opinion there’s too much Modern Bluegrass boasting plenty of the aforementioned ‘fluff’ and very little grit to add to instrumental and vocal prowess. City of Gold bucks trend. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway dropped a tough record.
The opener “El Dorado” kicks off with guts, Molly Tuttle giving history lessons as she strikes a gold rush claim. The musical moxie continues throughout the album. “San Joaquin” is as traditional as it gets, another train song for the train canon while Molly and the band drop a Bluesy ballad in “When My Race is Run” and throws out a pro-pot gem that plays like an old-school advertisement in “Down Home Dispensary”. “Evergreen” has a NuGrass vibe as City of Gold closes its doors, exiting with a sweet ballad, “The First Time I Fell in Love”.
A Bluegrass band-leader is only (arguably) as good as the band providing the backing, and this one is top notch. From Kyle Tuttle’s blistering banjo, Dominic Leslie’s mandolin, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes’ fiddle, and Shelby Means bass, The sound is an old-school, traditional, vibe meshed with a NuGrass mindset. The players kill it as do guests Jerry Douglas on “Stranger Things” and Dave Matthews on “Yosemite”. Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show lends a hand in the songwriting. (by Bryant Liggett)
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