John Mailander and Molly Tuttle are individually renowned musicians currently studying at Berklee College of Music and joining together to perform their dynamic blend of original acoustic music. Together, Mailander and Tuttle create an honest and soulful mix of original and traditional music that respects the past while also looking toward the future of acoustic music. They have performed together at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, as well as at many venues throughout Boston and California.
John Mailander is a San Diego–based musician in demand for his performance, instruction, and studio work. Playing in a variety of styles on the fiddle, mandolin, and various other stringed instruments, he has become known for his soulful approach as a soloist, improviser, and writer. Mailander has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten, Tony Trischka and Territory, Tim O’Brien, Christopher Guest, and Darol Anger. He regularly appears with Chris Stuart and Backcountry and in 2012 he released an instrumental EP with the Boston-based TriMountain Sessions.
With nearly two million viewers on YouTube, Molly Tuttle is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene and has been featured in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar magazines. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, in 2012 she won Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society and first place in the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Tuttle has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and her active performance schedule has taken her to numerous festivals and venues across the United States and Canada, including the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, and the Freight and Salvage.
Tuttle and Mailander, joined by classmate Matt Witler, perform Tuttle’s “You Didn’t Call My Name” in this video: