Included within the DVD portion is Tristan Prettyman - a 12-minute documentary
This is a DualDisc, which contains a CD on one side of the disc and a DVD on the other.
Personnel: Tristan Prettyman (vocals, acoustic guitar); Michael Andrews (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, piano, keyboards); Lyle Workman (acoustic guitar, dobro, mandocello); Jesse Harris (acoustic guitar); Josh Grange (pedal steel guitar); G. Love (harmonica); Lee Alexander (bass guitar); Nir Z., Matt Johnson (drums); Leon Mobley (percussion).
Recording information: The Magic Shop, New York, New York; Pulse Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Tristan Prettyman, despite the (traditionally male) first name and misleading surname, is a woman. While she is, in fact, very pretty, with something of a young Teri Hatcher about her, the 23-year-old (hence the album title TWENTYTHREE) singer-songwriter is, in many ways, the female equivalent to the mid-2000s school of sensitive, male singer-songwriters. Like John Mayer, she can shift from earnest confessionalism to chart-ready pop with ease, and like Jason Mraz (a fellow San Diegan who duets with Prettyman on the smooth, vaguely bossa nova-ish "Shy That Way"), she's not afraid to add a few playful R&B accents into her otherwise straightforward '70s-style soft rock. (Her R&B flavor is evident on the opener "Love Love Love," which adds a prominent dance beat to Prettyman's husky voice and pop-folk acoustic guitar.) The 11 self-penned tracks are all rooted in Prettyman's voice and guitar, and the best, like the reflective closer "Simple As It Should Be," showcase both in stark, lovely settings. Quiet and folky without being anti-pop, TWENTYTHREE is a promising beginning to an interesting career.