Tristan Prettyman kicks of first headlining tour

Mar 28, 2008 at 5:34 p.m. ET

Tristan Prettyman kicked off her first headlining tour March 19 at the hometown club, The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California. SheKnows was there to check out our blogger who will be reporting for us from the road.

Live at the Belly Up in California

The Introduction

"If someone were to say, 'Tell me about yourself,' I would just hand them a copy of "Hello" and say, 'Here, this is everything you need to know'" – Tristan Prettyman

At the kickoff to her headlining tour on March 19 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, the twenty-something artist did nothing short of staying true to her word. By wooing fans with a thick slice of original music from her soon-to-be released album "Hello" mixed with an assortment of songs off the artist's debut, "TwentyThree," Prettyman showed off not only who she is, but what she has become.

Put your red dress on

Opening the show with the modesty and innocence of a little girl finding her own two legs for the first time, Prettyman welcomed her fans with "Hello" and "You Got Me" off Hello, to be released April 15th. She was backed by Matt Delvecchio (Bass) and Chris Lovejoy (Drums), both long-term Prettyman cohorts, the singer/songwriter paid homage to some of her earlier recordings with "The Story" and "Shy that Way."

Apparent throughout the starlet's performance were influences from touring with artists such as Ray LaMontagne, G. Love and Special Sauce, Chris Issac and Jason Mraz. Musically yes, but more so maybe in Prettyman's delivery of songs such as "Smoke" and "Breath", revived favorites off the artist's debut album "TwentyThree."

Kicking off her modish wedges, Prettyman pulled out her Taylor solid body classic and moved forward with confident airs. Referring to the white polished electric guitar as her "new boyfriend," Prettyman engaged audience members with back-and-forth wit and banter.

Singing solo

Teasing the crowd with a graceful "thank you and goodnight", Prettyman caught her breath off stage and returned for a solo set which rivaled the likes of a West Coast version of young Edie Brickell. A second take and solo rendition of "Simple as it Should Be" on her Taylor 714ce acoustic adorned with years of play-time and custom painted flowers truly made me swoon. "Interview with Who" was another kicker…leaving the crowd wanting for more.

From the girl that graced the stage of the Belly Up in 2005 during the release party of "TwentyThree" to the woman who left the same home town venue resonating with applause in anticipation of "Hello," we look forward to what is yet to come.

Who's that Guy

Setting the stage early in the night was Melbourne, Australia-born musician Lawrence Greenwood performing under the moniker Whitley. A tribute to the late Texas blues artist, Chris Whitley, Greenwood said playing under the name "just seemed appropriate" when the musician passed away during the recording of the Melbourne-based band's album "The Submarine" (Universal) in 2005. Injecting liners from Will Ferrell's "Anchorman," eluding to the influences stemming from "Catcher in the Rye" (J. D. Salinger) and pulling out an acoustic cover of "Opera Song" (Bjork), it became increasingly apparent why Prettyman chose Whitley to open for her tour.

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Tristan Prettyman's headlinging tour:

March 28 Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
March 29 Aspen, CO, Belly Up Tavern
March 30 Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
April 1 Ames, IA, Maintenance Shop
April 3 Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
April 4 Chicago, IL, Back Porch Stage @ House Of Blues
April 5 Cleveland, OH, House Of Blues - Cambridge Room
April 7 Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
April 9 Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
April 10 New York, NY, Blender Theatre @ Gramercy
April 11 Philadelphia, PA, World Café Live
April 12 Arlington, VA, IOTA Club & Café
April 15 Nashville, TN, 3rd & Lindsley
April 17 Orlando, FL, The Social
April 18 Jacksonville, FL, Jack Rabbits
April 19 Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic
April 20 Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic
April 22 Birmingham, AL, WorkPlay Theater
April 24 New Orleans, LA, The Parish
April 25 Houston, TX, Meridien Small Room
April 26 Austin, TX, Stubb's Indoors
April 27 Dallas, TX, House Of Blues - Cambridge Room