City of Gold follows Tuttle’s acclaimed 2022 Nonesuch debut Crooked Tree, which won Best Bluegrass Album at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Tuttle was also one of this year’s ‘Best New Artist’ GRAMMY nominees.
The new album was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas, and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios. Alongside Douglas (dobro) and Tuttle’s road-tested, ace bluegrass band Golden Highway – Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle, harmony vocals), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Shelby Means (bass, harmony vocals) and Kyle Tuttle (banjo, harmony vocals) – City of Gold also features special guest Dave Matthews on ‘Yosemite’.
Tuttle says of the record: “When I was a kid we took a field trip to Caloma, California to learn about the gold rush. I’ll never forget the dusty hills and the grizzled old miner who showed us the nugget around his neck. Just like gold fever, music has always captivated me, captured my heart, and driven me to great lengths to explore its depths. On my new album I dug deep as a songwriter (with Ketch Secor [Old Crow Medecine Show]) and co-producer (with Jerry Douglas) and surfaced with a record that celebrates the music of my heart, my life, the land where I grew up, and the stories I heard along the way… The songs span from breakdowns to ballads, fairytales and fiddle tunes, from Yosemite up to the Gold Country and out beyond the mountains. That visit to Coloma, site of California’s first gold strike is where I first heard about El Dorado, the city of gold. Playing music can take you to a place that is just as precious.”