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A well-rounded and texturally diverse set of contemporary bluegrass that honors the tradition while sounding fresh and vital, where the tones of the instruments; deft, tasteful playing; and tight, intricate arrangements are employed to great effect in support of Lee’s emotionally resounding, powerhouse vocal delivery.
—San Francisco Chronicle
AJ Lee and Blue Summit have performed all over the word, but they call California’s Bay Area home. The band falls loosely under the bluegrass label: singer-songwriter AJ Lee plays mandolin, Sullivan Tuttle and Scott Gates play steel-stringed acoustic guitars, Jan Purat plays fiddle, and Chad Bowen plays upright bass. The quintet effectively uses this configuration in its arrangements to create unique space and textures. Drawing from country, soul, swing, rock, and jam music, the band uses the lens of bluegrass as a vessel through which to express and explore the thread that binds and unifies all great music.
Their latest full-length release, I’ll Come Back, came out in August 2021.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.