AJ Lee & Blue Summit (2022)

Sizzling contemporary bluegrass & Americana from California

We’re delighted to be booking new UK dates for the sensational AJ Lee & Blue Summit in late Oct/early Nov 2022!
AJ Lee & Blue Summit - photo by Snap Jackson
photo credit Snap Jackson

This exceptional band blends bluegrass and Americana with elements of folk, soul, jazz and pop/rock, and made a big impression on their first short tour of the UK back in 2019, with sold out shows and glowing feedback. Formed in 2015 in Northern California, AJ Lee & Blue Summit bring a fresh contemporary approach to roots music, combining virtuoso instrumental work with soaring vocals and sweet harmonies. A powerful singer, talented mandolinist and gifted songwriter, AJ Lee has been making waves on the acoustic scene since she was just ten years old and performing in The Tuttles with AJ Lee. Now in her 20s, AJ has moved with ease from bluegrass prodigy to seasoned bandleader and mature artist, as she explores new sonic directions and blurs genre boundaries, alongside hugely talented bandmates Jesse Fichman (guitar/vocals), Sully Tuttle (guitar/vocals), Chad Bowen (upright bass/vocals) and Jan Purat (fiddle).  

“Between the interplay among the instrumental lines, the passion conveyed in Lee’s voice and the grooving feel of the rhythmic engine, everything comes together to seamlessly produce Americana perfection. ” – American Songwriter

AJ Lee & Blue Summit’s star has been rising in recent years and they’ve built up a reputation as an impressive live band. Their international touring debut in 2019 included a triumphant main stage appearance at the huge La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France. Later that year, the band made a splash as official showcase performers at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) festival and conference, where AJ Lee won the coveted IBMA 2019 Vocalist Momentum Award. Just a few days before that, the band had won the prestigious 2019 Freshgrass band contest in Massachusetts.

After the pandemic put paid to touring plans in 2020, the core trio of AJ, Jesse and Sully kept their musical chops sharp and their growing fanbase happy with regular livestreams from their shared house in California. Once lockdowns eased, the full Blue Summit quintet was able to come together again, to rehearse and then record their second album. I’ll Come Back was released in August 2021 to warm reviews and like their first album, it features a collection of stunning originals. With soulful songs, exceptional singing and musicianship, and an entertaining stage presence, AJ Lee & Blue Summit are sure to make many new fans on their much-anticipated return to the UK!

Now booking for late Oct/early Nov 2022. Please contact us for availability.