Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle.

WEST JEFFERSON — When people file into the Ashe Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, they won’t be there to see a raucous bluegrass band or a wild stage production. Sitting up on the stage will just be a woman named Molly Tuttle and her guitar.

Tuttle is not just any woman with a guitar, she’s an award-winning guitarist whose debut solo album, “When You’re Ready,” is set to be released April 5 via Compass Records. In 2017, she became the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year award. She repeated the feat in 2018, one of two awards won out of six nominations. That same year, she won Instrumentalist of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards and Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name” at the International Folk Music Awards.

Tuttle mixes together classic bluegrass sounds, folk, roots and americana music to form her unique sound, amplified by a soft and bright voice to create a unique sound. The California native grew up in a musical family and played shows with her father and two brothers in her youth. As a young girl, she took violin lessons but eventually grew more interested in playing guitar. She began singing when she was 11, and has since built her sound into what it is today. She’s listed musicians such as Laurie Lewis, Hazel Dickens and Kathy Kallick as some of her biggest inspirations.

Tickets are $20 adults and $5 students and may be purchased at the Ashe Arts Center in downtown West Jefferson or over the phone at (336) 846-2787.

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