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“… but i’d rather be with you,” Molly Tuttle

By Sydney Miller, Contributing Writer

Molly Tuttle announced that she’ll be releasing her third album, … but i’d rather be with you, on August 28. … but i’d rather be with you is an album of ten covers that the virtuosic roots artist recorded at her home in Nashville during quarantine while the city recovered from a massively destructive tornado in March. 

Tuttle said she found solace in revisiting these songs by her favorite artists—including Cat Stevens, Rancid, and The National—during her time in quarantine. She recorded her parts of all the songs and sent them to her producer, Tony Berg, in Los Angeles, where Berg recruited iconic session artists such as drummer Matt Chamberlain of Pearl Jam to record their parts in their own homes.

An album of covers seems like the perfect response to the desolation of the past few months, during a time where creating anything has been a struggle. Instead of lying fallow, Tuttle has used this time to cultivate her inspiration, and, come August 28, we will get to hear the fruits of her labor.

Her covers of “Fake Empire” by the National and “Standing on the Moon” by the Grateful Dead are both available on Spotify, and the album is available for pre-order on Tuttle’s website.