Award-winning songwriter-guitarist Molly Tuttle has released an animated video for her new song, “Million Miles.” Taken from her album When You’re Ready, the new track features Jason Isbell on backing vocals and Sierra Hull on mandolin (watch above). When You’re Ready is Tuttle’s debut full-length and was recorded in Nashville with producer Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers). Tuttle has announced an extensive North American tour.)
“Million Miles” was an unfinished song brought in during a songwriting session with artist Steve Poltz, who mentioned that he and Jewel had started it in the ’90s but never completed it. With their blessing, she finished the song and enlisted Hull and Isbell for the recording. The wistful track, with its delicate verses and catchy singalong chorus, sets the tone for an album that offers subtle moments of reflection as well as dazzling musicianship and songcraft.
“I absolutely loved [the song], but I was kind of nervous to attempt writing another verse,” Tuttle says. “I carried it around with me for a while, and kept being drawn back to it. When I finally sat down and started writing, the rest of the song just flowed out, and I knew I wanted to record it.”
“Molly is such a great writer,” Poltz adds. “I’m so happy she finished our half-written sng.”
Already crowned ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2018 Americana Music Awards on the strength of her debut EP, Tuttle has broken boundaries and garnered the respect of her peers, winning fans for her incredible flatpicking guitar technique and confessional songwriting. Graced with a clear, true voice and a keen melodic sense, the native Californian seems poised for a long and exciting career. WHEN YOU’RE READY showcases her astonishing range and versatility and shows that she is more than simply an Americana artist.
Since moving to Nashville in 2015, Tuttle has been welcomed into folk music, bluegrass, Americana, and traditional country communities — even as When You’re Ready stretches the boundaries of those genres.
“I love so many types of music,” she says, “and it’s exciting to be a part of and embraced by different musical worlds, but when I’m creating I don’t think about genres or how it will fit into any particular format – it’s just music.”
Over the past year, Molly has continued to accumulate accolades, winning Folk Alliance International’s honor for Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name” and taking home her second trophy for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year, the first woman in the history of the IBMA to win that honor.