By Maxim Mower
1. El Dorado
2. Where Did All the Wild Things Go?
3. San Joaquin
4. Yosemite (feat. Dave Matthews)
5. Next Rodeo
6. When My Race Is Run
7. Alice in the Bluegrass
8. Stranger Things
9. Down Home Dispensary
10. More Like a River
11. Goodbye Mary
12. Evergreen, OK
13. The First Time I Fell in Love
Molly Tuttle has built up an impressive head of steam throughout the year so far, with the bluegrass maestro picking up the 2023 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album for her 2022 record, Crooked Tree.
With Tuttle's previous project earning her this prestigious accolade, expectations are sky-high for the California native's follow-up album. It's now been confirmed that the hotly anticipated project will be entitled City of Gold, and that it'll be released on July 21.
The lead single from the upcoming album, ‘El Dorado’, has already been made available, with fans hoping Molly Tuttle will be sharing a handful of other songs from City of Gold ahead of its release.
Speaking as part of the album announcement, Tuttle touched on a particular journey that inspired the new project, “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”.
The ‘Million Miles’ songsmith went on to outline, “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”.
Tuttle also spoke about the musical influences that have coloured City of Gold, “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”.
In addition to ‘El Dorado’, City of Gold will include a slew of previously unheard tracks, including ‘Where Did All the Wild Things Go?’, ‘Next Rodeo’, ‘Alice in the Bluegrass’ and ‘Yosemite’, the latter of which will excitingly feature Dave Matthews.
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