Pretty Gritty is an alternative-country duo from Rockville, Maryland
that has made a great impact on the Frederick area music scene. The
band consists of Sarah Wolff on guitar/vocals and Blaine Heinonen on
guitar, vocals, and occasionally whistling and spoons. I did an in-depth
interview with the band before they left on yet another North American
in a hard rock band. I played rhythm guitar in a metal band. Both bands
use to book shows together. A few years later we both ended up band-less
and starting to sing/play acoustic guitars. It all went from there!
Steeldrivers, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, and the list goes forever.
Did you want to go straight into recording or play shows?
had never played and sang so much before. Practice was needed for sure.
We went into the studio to record a demo of our covers to get gigs and
then started writing during studio time. We decided to just become a
band with originals.
want to look back and wonder if we’d gotten farther if we made it full
time and rolled out.
Seeing places we didn’t even know existed. Traveling is something we
love to do but never get a chance to do as much as we just did. We
didn’t want to say we could always go to Montana or San Diego when we
are like fifty. Never know if you’ll see fifty and that would be a
it’s nice to see family and friends, but we have the road warrior itch
and desire to get back out there!
‘Cliché,’ and Blaine had already recorded whistles and spoons. I laughed
my butt off and now that’s ‘Cliché.’
money than we will ever have! Just kidding, to finally be in a position
where we can be comfortably doing what we love. Whether it’s a big label
or small label and support from fans, we will keep recording music we
are proud of.
place to stay when I visit, but we have seen a lot of places. No one of
them is better or worse. We just have to end up where it makes the most
sense for us.
again. You have to get out there and meet people, research everything,
and attack every avenue possible. Be smart, make necessary sacrifices, and don’t be afraid to fail.