AJ Lee and Blue Summit (US)
“Could This Kid Be the Next Allison Krauss?” Mother Jones magazine asked about AJ Lee — and for good reason.
AJ Lee and Blue Summit (US), are a bluegrass band led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist AJ Lee and features Sullivan Tuttle (yes, Sully belongs to that family of Tuttles) on guitar and vocals, Jesse Fichman on guitar and vocals, and Chad Bowen on bass, singing sweet harmonies and sometimes singing lead on popular Grateful Dead tunes. This year, Jan Purat joined Blue Summit on fiddle, rounding out the band’s sound.
The band has been the darling of the North Bay, California bluegrass scene since their first appearance in Santa Cruz. Drawing from influences such as swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock, their undeniable talent and insatiable passion for bluegrass harks back to traditional classics while remaining uniquely modern. Over the years, Blue Summit’s performed all around the US as well as in the UK, Ireland, France and their schedule includes a guest spot in New Zealand at the Kiwigrass bluegrass festival . They’ve accrued many devout followers and distinctions including the Freshgrass 2019 Band Contest Winner, IBMA 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year, 2nd Place at the 2019 Winfield Guitar Competition, and numerous awards in Northern California.
In 2019, AJ Lee and Blue Summit came out with their debut album, Like I Used To, which consists entirely of AJ’s original songs. Equipped with these new songs and their archive of nostalgic tunes, they’ll continue playing to both familiar and new audiences, endearing themselves to the country and the world.
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