JFFC 2017 INSTRUCTORS
GUITAR
Molly Tuttle
Anthony Mature
AJ Lee

Molly Tuttle - Bluegrass Flatpicking and Rhythm Guitar

 

Molly Tuttle began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, last May, graduated from the Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views and has recently released two EP's with The Goodbye Girls and as a duo with John Mailander. She now makes her home in Nashville and spends time touring, writing and recording. 

Anthony Mature - Texas-style Backup Guitar


Anthony Mature began playing rhythm guitar around age 13, being attracted early to backing up fiddlers at contests across the state of Texas.  Over the years he was influenced by the styles of Steve Williams, Bobby Christman and many other Texas greats, learning and mastering the playing style and chord configurations that make Texas-style backup guitar as challenging as it is fun.  During the last few decades Anthony has held the many titles including multiple-time Texas State Accompanist Champion, Grand Masters Accompanist Champion as well as the National Favorite Accompanist.   In 2007 he was inducted to the Texas Fiddlers Hall Of Fame.  Anthony's a true Texas gentleman.  His rhythm style, love of the music, and willingness to accompany all fiddlers keeps him quite busy, and he's certainly one of the most prominent and well-respected Texas-style backup guitarist in the country. 

Aissa (AJ) Lee - Beginner-mediate Guitar, Songwriting and Vocal Harmony Workshops


AJ Lee is a well known artist in the bluegrass genre and six-time winner of the Best Female Vocalist award given by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. She performs music as a singer/songwriter, mandolinist and guitarist with several working bands from all around California. Since the age of 5, AJ has been performing in California's Bay Area as well as nationally and internationally. Some of her accomplishments include singing the national anthem at the O’Reilly Raceway in Indiana, being featured in a Mother Jones’ article, “Could this kid be the next Allison Kraus?”, co-hosting a segment of the DVD, “Discover Bluegrass”, performing as a guest artist for KTVU’s Bay Area People, and the release of her first solo album “A Song For Noah”.  AJ will help instruct our beginner-mediate guitarists, as well as co-lead songwriting and vocal harmony workshops with Molly Tuttle.