Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both from 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 five years, Pretty Gritty has cultivated a unique sound allowing them to open for such acts as Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Lake Street Dive and Joe Newberry at renowned places like Jammin Java, 8x10, Secret Society, Lola's Room, Hawthorne Theater, The Doug Fir, and at festivals such as Music & Spirits @ Bowman Distillery, Florence Winter Folk Festival (voted "fan favorite" 2 years in a row), Frederick Gone Country, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Country Stock, NW String Summit and SalmonFest.
Pretty Gritty's debut album, featuring Keller Williams, won three IMC awards in 2012. Their outstanding live performance has earned them a reputation as a must-see musical act.
In May of 2014 the duo decided to relocate to Portland, OR after completing 2 (completely DIY) National tours. At first they hit the streets, busking downtown at the Saturday Market but it didn't take long for folks to realize what a special act they really are. Pretty Gritty are now playing at venues all over the PNW continuing to turn heads and gain fans wherever they go. They have successfully completed several tours, covering ground all over OR, WA, MT, CO, UT and AK.
In February 2016, Pretty Gritty released their 4th recording project, Lonely Road, thanks to producers Fred Cannon & Paul Buono at Creative & Dreams Music Network (Nashville, TN). Lonely Road is currently getting radio play all over the nation and in the UK. Blaine and Sarah have just finished recording their second project with Creative & Dreams, and 5th overall, "Seven Year Itch." It is due to release later this year (2017). Stay tuned for updates!
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