Tristan Prettyman

World Cafe Live Philadelphia Presents

Tristan Prettyman

Anya Marina, Tim Williams

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$17.00 - $28.00 + Processing Fees

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Tristan Prettyman
Tristan Prettyman
With her first three recordings, 2003's The Love EP, 2005's breezy twentythree and 2008's Hello, Tristan Prettyman parlayed her smoky alto voice and laid-back surfer-girl-from-San-Diego charm into an eight-year career studded with highlights that included Hello's No. 2 position on the iTunes Digital Albums chart and headlining tours across the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

But instead of capitalizing on the attention and immediately making plans to record a third album after wrapping two years of touring in support of Hello, Prettyman took an extended break during which she traveled the globe, had surgery to remove polyps on her vocal cords, got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, dealt with the pain of his ending the engagement, and eventually questioned whether she even wanted to be a musician at all.

"I was really burnt out and uninspired, so I decided to take some time off," Prettyman says. "I went to Bali, Australia, and Europe and kind of went crazy. Life went from all these obligations to eating good food, meeting amazing people, and flowing with the wind. Then when I got back and tried to sing again, we found the polyps, so I had surgery and had to recover. Through it all, I was one foot in and one foot out of whether I wanted to do music at all. I had periods of time where I was numb and immune to feeling. My walls were up really high and I was on my guard. Then this fairy-tale picture of what my life could have been was set on fire. That brought all my walls down; it was a relief to finally feel something again."

Prettyman chronicles the experience on her new album, the raw, emotionally charged Cedar + Gold, which finds her sifting through the wreckage of her relationship and emerging stronger on the other side. "I started writing songs from a place that was so deep and honest, where I didn't hold anything back," she says. "It felt so good. I was like, 'This is what music is about — being able to release what is trapped inside of you.' Whenever anything ached or caused me pain, I'd tell myself, 'Save it for the record.'"

With an artistry that lies in her finely etched lyrical details and intimate vocal performances, Prettyman spares no one, including herself, on songs like "Say Anything," "I Was Gonna Marry You," "Come Clean," "Glass Jar," and "Never Say Never," which ends a heartbreaking spoken-word outro: "You can't start a fire in the pouring rain."

Prettyman wrote several of the songs with Dave Hodges, whom she first met the morning after a particularly emotional night. "I go meet Dave and I'm late and I'm crying," she says. "I'm just a ball of snot, like, 'Hi, I'm Tristan and I'm a mess.'" That session yielded the completion of the album's opening track "Say Anything" — an open-hearted tune about finding freedom in letting go. The second session resulted in the no-holds-barred "I Was Gonna Marry You." "It was like, 'Wow, I'm getting really transparent here and being really specific,'" Prettyman recalls. "But once I walked through the door of honesty there was no telling where I was going. I'd never spoken out before about the way it really was, but I found myself saying 'Screw it, I'm going to tell the whole story.'"

As intense as some of the songs may be, the mood is tempered not only by playful, lighthearted tunes like first single "My Oh My" ("about someone still having their hand on you and you playing that game with them because it's fun, even though you know it's not good for you and it's going to backfire"), "The Rebound," "Quit You," and the sexy, smoldering "Bad Drug," but also by the album's warm, earthy sound, which Prettyman created with her producer Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry), who plays piano, bass, drums, and some guitar on the album. "Greg told me he was not going to hold my hand through this; I had to convince him I wanted it," she says. "He forced me to step into really being a musician and owning what I do. Once I did that, I got super creative and the songs started coming from a different place. It was a very intuitive process."

When mixing on Cedar + Gold wrapped, Prettyman went back to her hotel room and burst into tears. "I couldn't believe it was done," she says. "I got everything out. It no longer lived in me. It felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I finally felt free."

Cedar + Gold (whose title refers to both the cedar walls and ceilings in the home where she recovered from her heartbreak and the gold she spun from her situation in the songs) is an album that manages to be both deeply personal, but highly relatable to anyone who's had the ground collapse under them and fought their way back to healing. "It's actually a very hopeful album in a lot of ways, which I think is a common theme in all my records," she says. "The idea that 'things may be a bit crappy right now, but let's make the most of it' is very reflective of me as a person and my outlook on life. I always try to look at the bigger picture of why something is happening. And I love that I was able to go so deep and dig around in places I never thought I could access and still remain hopeful at the end of the day."
Anya Marina
Anya Marina
"If albums are like children, this one is my favorite (don't tell the others)," Anya Marina admits. "It's the one I put the most heart and soul into. It's the one that taught me the most about myself, and it's the one that looks most like me."
Marina's new album, "FELONY FLATS," marks a major leap forward for the Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter. The self-produced album sees Marina joined by some of the Pacific Northwest's finest musicians, including guitarist Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, Telekinesis), bassist Jeff Bond, drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Mister Heavenly), and Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley, who contributes additional piano and guitars. A carefully crafted collection of twinkling pop gems, "FELONY FLATS" is built around Marina's deft melodic sensibility and wryly humorous lyrical point of view. The record is strongly heartfelt, thanks in part to the tenderness of Marina's vocal style and the personal nature of her lyrics. Highlighted by songs such as "Notice Me" and "You Are Invisible," "FELONY FLATS" is both richly textured and deeply personal, a remarkable musical journey chronicling loss and love in all their many permutations.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Cupertino, California, Anya Marina first made waves after relocating to sunny San Diego, renowned as a musical hub city for aspiring singer/songwriters. After earning applause as one of Southern California's most talented young artists, Anya was personally signed to Chop Shop Records by label founder Alexandra Patsavas, famed music supervisor for such films and TV shows as Twilight, Gossip Girl, and Grey's Anatomy.
Marina's previous full length effort, 2009's "SLOW & STEADY SEDUCTION: PHASE II" received copious critical commendation. Marina quickly followed "SLOW & STEADY SEDUCTION: PHASE II" with a slyly provocative cover of T.I.'s "Whatever You Like," which was included on a 2009 episode of Gossip Girl. The track spent nearly two weeks atop iTunes' "Top Alternative Songs" chart, with sales now in excess of 100,000. The "Whatever You Like" companion video clip became a YouTube favorite, earning close to 2.5 million views at Anya's official channel. 2009 also saw Marina's starkly beautiful "Satellite Heart" featured on the RIAA-certified platinum "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK." The inspired "Tiny Stars Remix" of the track (by Interpol's Samuel Fogarino) was later included on Marina's 2010 EP, "SPIRIT SCHOOL." The self-produced digital release found Anya further spreading her creative wings on such new songs as the gritty "Whatsit" (featuring The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor).
A provocative and gifted live performer, Marina has toured nearly non-stop throughout her career, both as headliner as well as in tandem with such artists as Jason Mraz, Spoon, Joshua Radin, Eric Hutchinson, Chris Isaak, Paolo Nutini, Emiliana Torrini, The Virgins, Greg Laswell, Jenny Owen Youngs, Steve Poltz, Rhett Miller, The Plain White T's, The Dandy Warhols, and Tristan Prettyman.
Marina has also made a series of high-profile TV appearances, including stellar live performances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The WB.com's Rockville, CA. What's more, Anya's music has been featured in a wide array of TV series, including ABC's Grey's Anatomy, CBS' How I Met Your Mother, MTV's The City, Showtime's The United States of Tara, and The CW's 90210 and Privileged. As if that weren't enough, her songs have also been heard in major advertising campaigns for Frito-Lay's Tostitos and Boyfriend, the popular fragrance from actress Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy).
"FELONY FLATS" arrives on March 13th, 2012 and Marina will be the first tell you that "the stakes on this record are they highest they've ever been," for her "…and not for any professional or financial reason. The stakes are high because I put everything, personally, into it. There isn't anything to hide behind on this album."
Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Philadelphia-based Singer/Songwriter Tim Williams, riding the wave of success from the release of his second studio album, Blue Ribbon, has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest working solo acoustic acts in the nation today – playing 300+ live shows annually on stages ranging from New York to Key West to LA and everywhere in between. He’s traveled the country many times over as the producer and house band for MyFixitUpLife, a nationally syndicated Home Improvement Multi-Media Talk Show. He's been the featured act at many high profiles events, including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Joplin, MO and the Herremans Foundation's "Hoops For Help" at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly. Along with his band, he has played to thousands opening for bands such as Of Monsters and Men and JJAMZ. Last seen on the World Cafe Live mainstage opening for Tristan Prettyman as a solo act, Tim returns this time with his full band to play songs from both albums
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/