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, 8×10, 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.