Molly Tuttle makes history at IBMA 2017

If you haven’t heard the music of Molly Tuttle, rest assured, after this week you will.

The newest artist to sign on to the Compass Records roster, she’s the first woman in the 27-year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to be nominated for Guitar Player of the Year, the only instrumental category that had not yet nominated a woman.

And, more importantly, she won.

In her acceptance speech, she said, “I want to be inspiration to other women to play lead guitar.” Indeed. Like the amazing Sierra Hull, who won for best mandolin player two years in a row — note she beat out THE mandolin player Sam Bush, also up for the same award, these young women are taking bluegrass by storm.

Tuttle was also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

Tuttle is no stranger to IBMA awards. In 2016, she received the Momentum Award for instrumentalist of the year.


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