Pretty Gritty are a female/male, high-energy, acoustic-Americana duo. They are multi-instrumentalists who can pull off a big sound, comparable to a full band, but are are best known for their beautifully blending vocal harmonies. Their performance is intricate, extremely tight, and never fails to command any audience at any venue.
Price Range: $400 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Pretty Gritty have over 6 hours of music prepared (Covers and Originals) but typically do not perform for more than 3 hours per event. Their covers are taken from genres including folk/bluegrass, country (new and old), rockabilly, pop, rock and blues but their arrangements are always delivered with a soulful, Americana flavor. Their performance is truly dynamic, ranging from soft and sweet to boot stomping and everything in between.
Influences include - Ray LaMontagne, Miranda Lambert, Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Imelda May, Aretha Franklin, Alison Kraus and Union Station, Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sarah Jaroz, Lake Street Dive, Honey Honey, Hoots and Hellmouth, Willy Nelson, Adele, Jason Mraz, The Head and the Heart, and more...
Pretty Gritty own a full PA with all cables, mics and stands and can run their own sound if need be. They require at least 1 hour to set up.
List of instruments played between the 2 members:
2 Vocals, 2 acoustic guitars, tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, mandolin, dobro, cajon, djembe, porch board, foot tambourine, spoons, washboard, cymbals.
Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both raised in Montgomery County, MD. Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local "open-mic" nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It’s said that she brings the "pretty" while he brings the "gritty", combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.
In 5 years, Pretty Gritty has cultivated a unique sound allowing them to open for such acts as Joe Newberry, Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Josh Gracin, Larry the Cable Guy, and Lake Street Dive at renowned places like Music & Spirits at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Jammin Java, 8x10, Frederick Gone Country, the Virginia State Fair, and the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival.
In May 2014, Pretty Gritty relocated to Portland, OR. At first they spent their days busking all over various sections of the city and since that first month have increased their FB fan base by over 500 "likes", acquired a weekly gig at a historical bar in Westmoreland that is packed out every time they play, and have been booked at the following note worthy venues since their arrival:
Alberta Street Pub, White Eagle, Boon's Treasury, Dante's, Saturday Market Main Stage, Northwest Market, World Market, Spinella's Off the Wall, Director Park Private Event, Mississippi Street Fair, Choochokam Festival (Whidbey Island, WA), Florence Winter Folk Festival (Florence, OR).
They have also been hired to play weddings and a few corporate events.
Pretty Gritty have over 6 hours of music prepared (Covers and Originals) but typically do not perform for more than 3 hours per event. Their covers range from tradition folk/bluegrass, country (new and old), rockabilly, top 40 and pop, but their arrangements all delivered with a soulful Americana flavor. They are truly dynamic in that their performance (covers and originals) covers a wide array of energy and loudness. From soft and sweet to boot stomping and everything in between.
There is no doubt, wherever these two are performing, they will win over the entire room and leave folks wanting more.
Additional Booking Notes
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 20, 2019 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
Set list provided upon request
Influences & Inspiration
Ray LaMontagne, Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams Sr., Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Imelda May, Aretha Franklin, Alison Kraus and Union Station, Nickel Creek, Avett Brothers, Hoots and Hellmouth, Willy Nelson, Adele, Jason Mraz, The Head and the Heart, Stray Birds, Damien Rice...
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