Performers & Speakers
Acoustic Americana Duo
Location: Portland, OR
Genre: Americana / Acoustic / Alt.Country
Pretty Gritty's debut album, featuring Keller Williams, won three IMC awards.
Opened for such acts as Tim O'Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Josh Gracin, Larry the Cable Guy, Lake Street Dive, Joe Newberry, The Show Ponies, Rose's Pawn Shop and The Soil & the Sun
Performed at renowned venues: Jammin Java, 8x10, Mcmenamin's White Eagle, Lola's Room, Hawthorne Theater, Alberta Street Pub and more.
Performed at some mighty fine festivals such as Music & Spirits @ Bowman Distillery, Florence Winter Folk Festival, Frederick Gone Country, the Virginia State Fair, Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Country Stock, NW String Summit and SalmonFest.
Influences include - Ray LaMontagne, Miranda Lambert, Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Imelda May, Aretha Franklin,Nickel Creek, Adele, Jason Mraz amongst others.
If you want to bring some sweet harmonies, a unique sound and multi-instrumentalists to campus, then say hello to Pretty Gritty - 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 best known for their beautifully blending vocal harmonies. Their performance is intricate, extremely tight, and never fails to command any audience at any venue. They've won awards, opened for some big names and have performed at well-know venues around the country. It’s said that she (Sarah) brings the “pretty” while he (Blaine) brings the “gritty.” Together, they combine an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
When you’re listening to the sweet serenades of the Portland transplant band Pretty Gritty, the bare essentials are what really matter. I’ve been watching the Portland music scene for over five years and have yet to hear another band within the Americana genre that has developed a sound as unique as PG’s.
Terrific show, best-of-show at Florence, OR, festival, special to have them back for a second year. Beautiful music, even better when you can see the interactions between these two on stage.
- University of Washington
Whether it’s southern soul, old-time country, bluegrass, or rock – their music weaves its way into the fabric of life. Typically presented as an acoustic duet with skillful musicianship and seducing harmonies, Blaine & Sarah have crafted their performances into bluegrass quartets and big band rockabilly ensembles to command any audience and every venue.