Aug. 11, 2005

Tristan Prettyman: From Surf to Songs

By Randy J. Klodz

San Diego is the perfect setting for a surfer. But it’s also home to young, female, singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman even if surfing is her first passion in life. As her debut album “Twentythree” hit stores on Aug. 2, Tristan Prettyman has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. For those fans interested in getting a glimpse of her live show, Tristan Prettyman will perform Sept. 16 at Chicago’s Park West.

Though Prettyman hasn’t spent much time on the road, she’s used her short road experience as a two-year touring crash course. She’s already spent time on the road in support of popular acts including G Love & Special Sauce and Jason Mraz and plenty of other high-profile tours should soon hit the books.

Prettyman’s strong, subdued vocals ring to the tune of an upbeat Fiona Apple, through acoustic melodies on “Twentythree” tracks “Always Feel This Way,” “Breathe,” “Electric” and “Love Love Love.” Jason Mraz also lends his vocal talents to the slow, winding “Shy That Way,” which is sure to garner the attention of fans worldwide.

Fans of Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Rachael Yamagata and many other mellow acoustic guitar-driven recording artists will enjoy the simple, quiet sounds of Tristan Prettyman’s “Twentythree,” and album that is sure to relax and be a welcomed addition to any summer beach party.

Park West is at 322 W. Armitage Ave. Tickets for this 18+ show are listed for $15 each with showtime slated for 8 p.m. Also schedule to perform is the John Butler Trio. For more information on Tristan Prettyman log on to

Tristan Prettyman Photo: c/o Virgin Records