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The Old Fashioned #114

Natia Cinco
AJ Lee & Blue Summit

We’ve been spinning singles in recent weeks from A.J. Lee & Blue Summit, the fast-rising Bay Area band fronted by the singer, songwriter and mandolin player who grew up as Molly Tuttle’s friend and bandmate. And this time, Molly joins her old amiga for a heart-stopping ballad called “I Can’t Find You At All.” It’s not that Lee and her band (which includes Molly’s brother Sullivan on impressive flatpick guitar) hasn’t released impressive albums before. But the upcoming City Of Glass, coming July 19, has the makings of a breakthrough. Also new this week is a lead-off single from powerhouse vocalist John Cowan. “Fiction” will be the title track of an album this Fall, which will pair with his new memoir about his life with New Grass Revival and other adventures. Del McCoury surprised us with the sprightly “She’s Heavenly,” again with Molly Tuttle lending support. Laurie Lewis leads an a cappella original. Nashville duo Paper Wings charms with the folk classic “Nine Hundred Miles.” And we call up the late and legendary James King showing how bluegrass is done.

Tune Hash - Lonesome Polly Ann
John Cowan - Fiction
The Downhill Strugglers - Valley By The Stream
Never Come Down - Mother
AJ Lee and Blue Summit with Molly Tuttle - I Can't Find You At All
Del McCoury Band - She's Heavenly
Duck Baker - Maple Leaf Rag
Level Best - Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
James King - Coldest Day of Winter
David Grier and Mike Compton - Honky Tonk Blues
Jake Blount - Mad Mama's Blues
Foghorn Stringband - Jim Short's Tune
Laurie Lewis - Trees
Chris Thile and Michael Daves - Blue Night
Paper Wings - Nine Hundred Miles
Kaia Kater - Often As The Autumn
Beppe Gambetta - Sit And Pick With You

Craig Havighurst is WMOT's editorial director and host of <i>The String, a weekly interview show airing Mondays at 8 pm, repeating Sundays at 7 am. He also co-hosts The Old Fashioned on Saturdays at 9 am and Tuesdays at 8 pm. Threads and Instagram: @chavighurst. Email: craig@wmot.org</i>