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Like an old folk tale told around a summer night’s campfire with marshmallows roasting crispy brown, bluegrass instrumentalism has been passed down through Molly Tuttle’s family for generations, beginning with her grandfather the banjo player who lives on a farm in Illinois, to her father who grew up on that farm and taught her to play guitar when she was eight years old. By 11, Tuttle was attending bluegrass jam sessions and a couple of years later at 13, she was playing on albums. As reported by American Songwriter in 2022, Tuttle says she was “obsessed” with music, and that obsession led her to become the first woman to win the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year award back in 2017...

Check out this month's In Tune cover story to learn more.

Also in this month's In Tune:


Influences: From Coco & Claire Claire to Alex harvey

What Do You Do: Brittany Bauman

Learning New Songs: How to play "Drive By" by Train

Classic Album Covers: Getz/Gilberto

Activity plans for this month's features

Cover: Molly Tuttle

The world-class flatpicker gets back to her roots

Best Music Schools

It's time to find a music program- but where to start?

Techniques: Rhythmic Targeting

Create exciting rhythms in your compositions and improvisations


How to Play "Drive By"

Discover the stylistic influences behind Train's 2012 hit 


The Rhythm Section

Drummer's Paradise: A look inside The Memphis Drum Shop



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Listening List: this monthly podcast accompanies each issue! 
Hear the Listening List songs in their entirety
  1. SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM Ruel 2:40
  2. Hurt Amber Run 3:17
  3. Love Quotes Jenevieve 3:15
  4. Start This Over The Rare Occasions 3:34
  5. Fog Machine White Reaper 3:14
  6. Look Out Rouge Row 2:50
  7. For an Evening Emily James 4:16
  8. Noah (Stand Still) Noah Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus 3:55
  9. Poco-Mania (Live) Donald Byrd 5:22
  10. Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2: "Der Hölle Rache" (Transcr. Bouchard for Clarinet and Orchestra) Simon Lopez, Jean-Francois Verdier & Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté 2:58



  1. SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM Ruel 2:40
  2. Hurt Amber Run 3:17
  3. Love Quotes Jenevieve 3:15
  4. Start This Over The Rare Occasions 3:34
  5. Fog Machine White Reaper 3:14
  6. Look Out Rouge Row 2:50
  7. For an Evening Emily James 4:16
  8. Noah (Stand Still) Noah Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus 3:55
  9. Poco-Mania (Live) Donald Byrd 5:22
  10. Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2: "Der Hölle Rache" (Transcr. Bouchard for Clarinet and Orchestra) Simon Lopez, Jean-Francois Verdier & Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté 2:58