Nashville-based songwriter and multi-instrmentalist Molly Tuttle is already well regarded throughout the roots and bluegrass communities, despite not yet having released a solo collection to her name. That’s all about to change, though, as Tuttle prepares to release Rise, a seven-song EP slated for June 2.
Produced by Kai Welch, Rise features a number of Tuttle’s friends and contemporaries, including Darrell Scott, the Milk Carton Kids, and cellist Nathaniel Smith. On new track “Save This Heart,” Tuttle finds herself joined by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scott, who lends scorching pedal steel licks to the sweetly dark tune.
“It was a truly inspiring experience to have Darrell Scott come and play lap steel on this one,” Tuttle says. “His musical sense is so deep and intuitive. He immediately knew what the song needed, and we didn’t want to stop tracking because he kept surprising us with new ideas.”
In advance of the EP, Tuttle has also shared a new video for “Save This Heart,” which gives a close-up view of the 24-year-old’s lauded guitar chops. As Tuttle explains, the song was initially inspired by its driving acoustic guitar part.
“I wrote ‘Save This Heart’ one night shortly after moving to Nashville,” she says. “I was playing with an alternate guitar tuning that works well with the clawhammer guitar style that I use on this song. Once I found the guitar part, the lyrics sort of came together all at once. I think they were partially inspired by the urgency of the clawhammer guitar lines, as well as the moodiness of the modal guitar tuning.”
Listen to “Save This Heart” below.