July 2, 2020 – Nashville, TN – Today, singer, songwriter, and musician Katie Pruitt is sharing her take on Courtney Barnett’s “Depreston,” the penultimate offering from her ongoing “Out of the Closet” cover song series. The series, conceived and launched to celebrate Pride Month, will conclude next week.
Watch the video here: “Depreston”
As she explains, “I picked a collection of songs by gay women in particular who have inspired me to be transparent in my music.” She reflects, “I think representation is huge. Having my experience represented in certain bands’/artists’ music has helped me to better understand myself. If it weren’t for people like Indigo Girls, Brandi Carlile, Courtney Barnett, and Tegan and Sara, I don’t think I would have been brave enough to be as honest as I was on Expectations.”
The series will come to its conclusion next week with Pruitt’s cover of Brandi Carlile’s “Turpentine,” which will be released on July 9.
Pruitt’s debut album Expectations has received widespread critical praise. Rolling Stone proclaimed it a “majestic LP that blends country and folk with indie rock,” while New Now Next called her “country music’s next queer star.” NPR Music called the album “stunning…her voice in particular…radiates so much empathy and love and understanding,” and as NPR’s flagship program Morning Edition noted, “She was bent on telling the story of how she confronted the social and religious codes that once made her feel condemned. Pruitt’s done that with such clarity of expression and disarming intimacy – Expectations is aesthetically warmhearted even in its tensest moments of confrontation – that she’s given her own family a greater understanding of her experience.”
Today, American Songwriter included Expectations on its list of the best albums to have been released in 2020 thus far.
NPR Music’s All Songs Considered has named Pruitt one of the best new artists of 2020 (so far), and she has been nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year from the Americana Music Association.
Check out Katie Pruitt’s A Very Gay Playlist on Spotify.