AJ Lee and Blue Summit

The Slocan Ramblers
  • “Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?
    – Mother Jones 
  • Soaring harmonies, top-notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past.
    Eric Oblander – Musician, Producer

 

  

 

For some of the most talented players on the U.S. West Coast, look no further than AJ Lee and Blue Summit. “I’ve seen some amazing bands this year, and this is one of the very best,”  writes Music Festival News contributor Rick Davidson. Having seen them recently at a festival in Oregon, we concur. 

After playing with Molly Tuttle in their early careers, AJ Lee formed Blue Summit in 2015 with Molly’s younger brother Sullivan Tuttle, a virtuoso guitarist with a rich baritone. Although rooted in bluegrass, the band is atypical for the genre with two guitarists instead of banjo, with rapid-fire picker Scott Gates joining Tuttle for a stunning one-two punch on acoustic six string. A powerful vocalist who often sings high tenor over AJ, Gates is equally unworldly on mandolin. Fiddler Jan Purat has a master’s touch that is perfect for the intricate arrangements and demanding dynamic range of this tastefully innovative ensemble. It’s little wonder that that the Northern California Bluegrass Society has recognized Blue Summit for best band, best mandolin, and best guitar, and named AJ as nine-time winner of Best Female Vocalist, an accolade reinforced by her win as IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year in  2019. 

With sets that deliver traditional and progressive styles, AJ Lee and Blue Summit define the best of both realms of bluegrass.

AJ Lee and Blue Summit