The Tuttles With A. J. Lee is the first band to repeat as Northern California’s Best Bluegrass Band during the five-year run of the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The band received the honor at a January 28, 2012 ceremony in Redwood City, California.
The Palo Alto-based band’s members also won individual honors: Jack Tuttle (Best Fiddle Player), Michael Tuttle (Best Mandolin Player), and Molly Tuttle (Best Female Vocalist).
Husband and wife Jim & Louise Mintun of Santa Cruz were honored on their respective instruments, with Jim named Best Dobro Player and Louise tied for Best Bass Player with Lisa Burns of Mountain View. Billy Pitrone of Santa Cruz was named Best Male Vocalist and Yoseff Tucker of San Francisco Best Guitar Player, while Larry Cohea of El Cerrito and Luke Abbott of Santa Cruz tied for Best Banjo Player.
Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to four currently-active, longtime leaders of Bay Area music non-profit organizations: Steve Baker, Berkeley (Berkeley Society For The Preservation Of Traditional Music dba The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse), Richard Brooks, Palo Alto (Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association), Bruce Edmundson, Mountain View (Redwood Bluegrass Associates), and Mike McKinley, Santa Cruz (Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society).
The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s January 27-29, 2012 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.Principal financial support for the festival comes from the City of Redwood City’s Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, One World Montessori School, Wickersham & Murphy, and the Tapestry Church.