Molly Tuttle and her father, Jack, have been selected as finalists in the annual Duet Contest on A Prairie Home Companion. They, and the other 5 finalists, will make the trek this weekend to St. Paul, MN to compete on the October 20 program, airing on hundreds of NPR affiliate stations across the US.
Both perform as members of The Tuttles with A.J. Lee, a California-based bluegrass band that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. Molly is now a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, making regular appearances with the band a bit more difficult. She is also the winner of the 2012 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest, in the general category.
More than 750 submissions were received for this year’s PHC Duo Contest, with the show staff selecting the finalists. Winners will be chosen by online voting by the radio audience during Saturday’s live broadcast.
Also in the hunt are acoustic roots duo The Half Step Sisters, Katie Burk and Julia Conway, from Indianapolis who perform on guitar and mandolin.
A complete list of finalists can be found online.
While many affiliates carry the show live (6:00-8:00 p.m. eastern), others delay it until later in the evening or broadcast it the next day. If you want to vote, you can always listen online at prairiehome.org where the votes will be cast.
Good luck Molly and Jack!