303 SW 12th Avenue Portland, OR, 97204
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
21 and over
7pmFree21 and over
With a voice known to "beguile the most inattentive
bar-goer", Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and
songwriter, drawing comparisons to 60s troubadours like Bonnie Raitt and Carole
King and modern artists like Adele and Brandi Carlile. She tours
nationally, and has appeared at the legendary Bitter End in NYC, and the
Women's Redrock Music Festival alongside Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.
second studio album Be Loud is an eclectic cultivation
of the calm, brooding, and compassionate personas she introduced in her 2015
debut album Into the Depths, only this time around it's
bursting with color - from rock anthem waves to funky dance riffs to more
tender and delicate moments, Be Loud paints a world
arguing with itself and the observer caught in between.
Pretty Gritty might be another duo emerging from a sea of female/male acts as of late, but there is nothing typical about these two. Sarah and Blaine have cultivated a sound that is both timeless and classic, yet they still succeed in bringing something fresh to the table, pushing rootsy-Americana sounds into an edgy, alternative space. These two have carved out a reputation as a must-see live act, allowing them to open for such acts as The Wood Brothers (SalmonFest 2016), Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Rod Picott, Lake Street Dive, Ben Sollee & the Kentucky Native and Joe Newberry.
Both members utilize their multi-instrumental skills to sing, play stringed instruments and hold down back-beats, all simultaneously for a truly engaging experience. But they are not simply just entertainers. It is their mesmerizing vocal harmonies and beautifully crafted songwriting that really tug at the heartstrings and earn them life-long fans.
"There's an elusive chemistry between some singers. George and Tammy had it, and so did Olivia and John. Those kids from Nickel Creek had it, and the hottest example of it (recording) in Nashville at the moment are a duo known as Pretty Gritty." -C. Brett Campbell Middle Tennessee Music
The duo originally formed in Maryland in 2010, but after completing 2 (completely DIY) National tours and 3 recording projects, Sarah and Blaine decided to relocate to Portland, OR. At first they hit the streets, busking downtown, but it didn't take long for folks to take notice. Pretty Gritty are now playing at venues all over the Pacific Northwest. They have successfully completed several tours, covering ground all over OR, WA, MT, CO, UT and AK.
Pretty Gritty's self-titled debut album (2012) features the well known jam/festival scene artist, Keller Williams, as the voice of the devil on the track titled "Hellhound Blues." This freshman attempt won them 2 Indie Music Channel awards, Best Country Song and Best Folk Song.
In 2015, Pretty Gritty began their relationship with producers Fred Cannon & Paul Buono at Creative & Dreams Music Network (Nashville, TN) where they recorded their Lonely Road EP (released Feb 2016). Pleased with the experience, everyone decided to continue the relationship and return to the studio to record a full album, Seven Year Itch, due to release March 30th, 2018.
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