Get to Know Singer-Songwriter Tristan Prettyman

Tristan Prettyman, a self-described surfer girl from San Diego, has yet to test out the cold waters of Maine with her board. “I have never surfed in Maine, but dated someone who lived in Maine,” she says. “We took a trip to York to see my friends at Grain Surfboards, but there was no surf. There was snow on the beach, and it was the first time I’d ever seen that!”

Prettyman has just completed her new album, the emotionally charged Cedar and Gold, which was a reflection on her last couple of years. “It’s a journey about rediscovery. Rediscovering yourself, your passion and your purpose. And also taking that feeling of not knowing, floating, uncertainty and turning it into something positive and powerful,” she says.

She also considers herself a “musical junkie” and is inspired by everything from Van Morrison to Camera Obscura, Wilco to Daft Punk and more. And if she found herself on a desert island, she’d need to have Ben Howard’s album, Every Kingdom, with her. “I’m all over the place. I love melody and lyrics.”

For Prettyman, writing music is therapeutic. “It helps me organize my thoughts and really see a situation for what it is. It’s also really great, ’cause it helps me not keep things inside,” she says. “By this point in my career, I’m pretty good at expressing myself and not holding back. It’s made me a better communicator and listener.”

Tristan Prettyman will be at Discovery Park in Freeport on August 17 at 7:30 p.m. For a complete list of upcoming concerts at Summer in the Park, you can check out our full schedule of events.

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