Tristan Prettyman is not a household name yet, but you wait.
California-laid-back-surf vibe music is not something I easily embrace. To be perfectly honest, I detest Jack Johnson's music (and his ilk)whom I affirm is this generation's James Taylor-an artist who has been unfairly lauded and one I find tedious.
Why then would Cali-surf-vibe Tristan Prettyman's music draw my attention?
When I saw Tristan Prettyman's video on YouTube, I have to say that it was her usual voice that caught my attention. Was she British or was she using some dialect that was unknown to me? Plus, these were not songs about banana pancakes and catching waves, but ones that seemed to be written from unmitigated honesty. Honesty? In the era of the CMAs?
Turns out, Tristan Prettyman is an artist (and a Cali surfer) who does not analyze her music and "doesn't know where her voice or the songs comes from." She is a natural: music just comes knocking on her creative door and she invites it in.
She did the club tour circuit for years, promoting her first two albums, and life as an artist seemed good. But then, something started happening: she lost her sense of purpose or "her anchor" and started feeling burned out. Vocal polyps and a painful breakup followed. The misery she found herself immersed in lead to writing a new album, Cedar and Gold, but she found songs were coming out without the usual emotional filters.
I interviewed the artist on April 2, 2013.
Tristan Prettyman Interview Part 1
Tristan interview Part 2.
You'll find these songs running around in your mind the first time you hear them, so purchase the album here.