Molly Tuttle has been performing since she was 11, but that doesn’t mean what you hear from the stage has always been the same. First she sang and flat-picked in a band with her father, and now – after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music last spring – she’s working on a solo album that will showcase the result of maturity, study and just flat-out talent.
Songs that stand out: “Save This Heart,” “You Didn’t Call my Name”
Recommended if you like: Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz
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When playing: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Theater, 2:45 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Stage at Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest and 1 a.m. Saturday in Marriott State Ballroom AB.
Old Salt Union
This high-energy band creates a brand of ’grass with jazz, blues and other influences. Based near St. Louis, the band has seen a lot of the road in the past year or two, touring far and wide and writing songs all the while. Though they have plenty of their own material, expect some covers that will get you on your feet, too.
Songs that stand out: “Feel My Love,” “Tuscaloosa”
Recommended if you like: Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass
When playing: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pour House and midnight Thursday at Lincoln Theater.
“Don’t ask Front Country what kind of music they play. Just listen,” advises the San Francisco-based band’s bio. And it’s good advice. It’s hard to pin down their sound, led by Melody Walker’s soulful vocals, but it’s easy to find something to like. Just ask the judges at many a festival band contest – they’ve won quite a few, including Telluride, RockyGrass,and the songwriting contest at Merlefest.
Songs that stand out: Their cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” and their own “Sake of the Sound”
Recommended if you like: Lake Street Dive, Susan Tedeschi
When playing: 10 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Theater, 1 a.m. Thursday at Vintage Church, 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Marriott State Ballroom AB and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Stage of Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest.
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