- Hometown: Oakland, CA
- RIYL: Emmylou Harris, Mazzy Star, Gillian Welch, Neko Case.
Folk singer-songwriter from Gold Country, California, Brianna Lea Pruett’s musical expression reflects a confluence of experience and influence. Born in the mountains of Northern California, she plays a blend of indie-minded folk and blues suffused by the music of her Appalachian roots and her Native American Cherokee and Choctaw heritage.
With a musical education that came mostly from her parents vinyl collections – a mix of classical and choir, Jimi Hendrix, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Leo Kottke, Leonard Cohen, John Denver, Carole King, and Doc Watson, she started writing seriously as a teenager, performing jazz standards with a band and folk music in a style new yet threaded with history.
She has worked with diverse artists in many genres, and carries that personal tradition forward. She is learning to speak and sing in her family’s languages of Cherokee and Choctaw, a lifetime journey. This self-education shines in modern compositions, poetry sung with lines of English translation in a style that sounds as natural as breathing and opens an intimate door to a modern artist’s journey.
Pruett has shared stages with Jonah Matranga of Far and Gratitude, Jacob Golden, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, Two Sheds, Nick Jaina, Coal Beautiere, Karl Blau, Lady Lazarus, Good Shield Aguilar, and others. One continued influence she cites is her philosophy of art making. “Being a performer, an artist, a writer, a commentator or contributor has responsibilities of being authentic to one’s important things in life.” Love, family, home, and heritage consistently show up in the music.
Pruett has released an EP of 5 new songs titled Keeping You In Mind in 2012, and has a new LP recording, Gypsy Bells, due out on Canyon Records in 2013.
Jeffrey [at] crash-avenue.com