Pretty Gritty is a current Portland based band that used to have its roots in the Rockville area. The group moved to its new location a number of years ago, but back in 2012 I saw them for the first time at Crumland Farms’ Jam with Funny Money (Past side project of Kix) headlining. The group labels itself as soulful Americana which covers their wide range as they tend to follow a more Nashville-esque country direction these days. Their song “Cliche” was what had me intrigued; the sonic combination of Blaine Heinoen playing spoons/providing husky backing vocals mixed with Sarah Anne Wolff’s thoughtful guitar strumming and passionate singing made for an intriguing and catchy indie folk tune.
Pretty Gritty made a rare return to the Frederick area this month to play some shows, including Cafe Nola and their ten year anniversary show at the music cafe in Damascus. The Greene Turtle performance featured a duo that’s beyond experienced and one that’s consistently pushing forward through their musical ambitions. A packed crowd of tables that had arrived long before the set showed the connection Pretty Gritty still has here. Be on the lookout for a new music video in the future that Wolff mentioned the group would be recording in Front Royal during their time back.