For the longest time, we felt like we didn’t really fit in at the only venues that would book us. All the little rock clubs around the country where the beer fridges were louder than our show. It was hard to appreciate it at the time, but almost 10 years later it seems obvious— those clubs are where the most dedicated music fans in the country are, and it’s where the foundations of our relationship with our fans was laid. Once we started playing theaters, our ticket prices went way up and a lot of people we recognized from the clubs couldn’t afford it any more. In releasing The Only Ones, we wanted to self-produce, self-record, self-release and give it away for free, and tour, just the two of us, to some of the places we got started and charge hopefully reasonable ticket prices. It’s a short one, but these should be really fun nights for everyone who can come. And for us too.
Katie Pruitt is the girl next door with a guitar in her lap writing songs in her bedroom until sunrise. Pruitt is a has-to-live-it-to-write-it kind of songwriter that achieves the kind of lyrical simplicity that even the best songwriters strive for. Her unique guitar picking accompanied by her very personal lyrics and truth-questioning spirit is a throwback to the classical sounds of Joni Mitchell, John Prine, and Brandi Carlile.
Pruitt is a Nashville transplant, originally hailing from a small suburb outside of Athens, Georgia. Splitting her time between writing songs and waiting tables, her hard work paid off after she landed a Tuesday night residency at The Basement in Nashville. One of those nights in 2016, she was heard by the right people and signed a publishing deal with Round Hill Music Publishing. Not long after that she was offered a booking deal with Paradigm Talent Agency and hasn’t had time to wait tables since.
Pruitt has been praised as one of the most talented songwriters and best kept secret in Nashville today. In 2016 she humbly accepted the first annual BMI Songwriting Scholarship for her original song, “Ordinary.” This recognition then lead her to be the honored recipient of the Buddy Holly Prize in 2017, a prize previously awarded to the talents of Emily King and Ben Howard through the Songwriter Hall of Fame. Pruitt also made her way on the bill for the 2017 Pilgrimage festival alongside headliners, Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder.
2018 has no plans for slowing Pruitt down. The successful release of her OurVinyl live session on YouTube has reached over 50K people in a short few months. Catch her playing Americana Festival in Nashville this September as well as on the road playing a show in your city.
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