Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both born and raised in 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 three years, Pretty Gritty has cultivated a unique sound allowing them to open for such acts as Joe Newberry, Tim O’Brian, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge, Josh Gracin, Larry the Cable Guy, and Lake Street Dive at renowned places like Music & Spirits at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Jammin Java, 8×10, Frederick Gone Country, the Virginia State Fair, and the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival.
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.
Now Blaine and Sarah have returned victorious from their first National Tour and are in the studio finishing up their new EP. This third recording project was made possible by their amazing fans and supporters via Kickstarter. Do yourself a favor, come experience Soulful Americana at its best.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Richter is an energetic performer creating music that blends different genres from folk to blues to rock to Celtic played with passion and energy as solo, duo or with his band. His newly released CD titled "Thick and Thin" features all original songs and guest appearances from talented singer/songwriters Marianne Flemming and Anna-Lisa Adams.
Richter’s credits include appearing on Tom May's nationally syndicated radio program "River City Folk," carried on more than 250 NPR affiliates nationwide. In addition, his music was played on the "Bob Dylan Radio Hour" heard on the Sirius Satellite Network and on KUSF-FM in San Francisco. Recently Richter was filmed performing live as part of a documentary film produced by a German television network. The documentary filmed in Gold Beach, Oregon aired on German television in 2014. He has also performed on "Live at 7," seen on Portland's NBC affiliate KGW.
"Robert Richter is a charismatic entertainer that gives his all every time he performs and is a stellar musician.” Morry Feldman, WQED-FM Pittsburgh, PA.
A live CD "A Change of Heart" was released in 2013. Richter also hosts a weekly radio program "Local Roots," featuring the music of NW Artists. The show can be heard on KMUZ-FM 88.5 in Salem, OR and streaming live online at KMUZ.org every Sunday at 7 pm. A new CD titled "Late Night Radio" is set for release in the fall of 2014.
Over Alders is the new rendering of local veteran musician, Jason Henderson Amare, and newcomer-to-the-scene, Tiffany Mericle, both formerly of the award-winning band HEMA. Moving away from their rock-and-roll past, the two envisioned compositions with a balance of storytelling lyricism, musical poetry, and unexpected dynamics.
Jason has been playing the Portland music scene off and on for nearly a decade, both in bands and as a singer/songwriter. Most recently, he was front-man to the band HEMA. After attending several shows, Tiffany soon learned many of the songs and began singing harmonies while in the audience. Soon, Tiffany was asked to come on stage and sing along; she eventually became the fifth member of the band, playing keyboard and singing backup vocals. When HEMA went on an indefinite hiatus, Jason and Tiff decided to keep singing together, and the new project was born.