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Dominique Pruitt brings her old-school vibe to W.Va.

WANT TO GO?

"Mountain Stage"

With Brett Dennan, Joy Kills Sorrow, The James Hunter Six, The Bobs and Dominique Pruitt

WHERE: Culture Center Theater

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday

TICKETS: Advance $15, at the door $20

INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org

 CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With flaming red hair, an impressive collection of tattoos and a quirky early '60s pop sound that conjures up everything from Wanda Jackson to The Ronettes, Dominique Pruitt could turn out to be the indie music answer to Katy Perry.

Stranger things have happened, and Pruitt probably wouldn't complain.

The fabulously fun-loving singer makes her debut appearance on "Mountain Stage" this Sunday in a show that also includes Brett Dennan and Joy Kills Sorrow.

The gazz spoke with Pruitt about coming east from California, her love affair with tattoos and why she's probably not going to join a roller derby league.

 

Q: Is this your first trip to West Virginia, and if so, any expectations?

A: It is, and I'm very excited. I have no expectations. Maybe get a tattoo. Probably not. I'm just really looking forward to being on the show, and I like to travel. It's a pretty exciting time for me.

 

Q: Let's talk about your tattoos. I watched a couple of your videos on YouTube and saw some tattoos in one and not as many in another. How many do you have?

A: I have nine -- a couple of big ones and a couple of little ones. There's some variation in sizes. I like them. They're fun.

The first one I got was a little treble clef music note on my foot. That's one of the tiny ones, and I guess any excuse to get a tattoo when I was 18, right? So I got the little one on my foot.

The last one was two big roses with Gypsy faces on my thigh. That was four years ago. I need more! But tattoos are very expensive. You can get them on the cheap, but it's the kind of commitment where you really want to spend a little money.

 

Q: You've got a really classic rock 'n' roll/rockabilly kind of sound that's reminiscent of Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson, among others. How'd you get into that?

A: My parents are both musicians with all kinds of musical tastes, but growing up, I listened to a lot of Patsy Cline and Aretha Franklin. Then I saw John Waters' movie "Crybaby" when I was really young, and that sort of opened up that door for me to the 1950s and some of the music of the 1950s.

As I got older, I was just listening to that, and I just don't remember not listening to Buddy Holly and The Shirelles, but Wanda Jackson, I'd never heard of her until a girlfriend introduced me to her music.

I fell madly in love with it, and I've seen her, like, four times.

 

Q: What's writing music like?

A: Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's hard. I try to keep a running list of inspirational songs and notes about things I like that I hear. I'll love the bass in one song or the keyboard in another. The notepad on my iPhone is my savior.

When I'm ready to sit down and write, I'll go through that list, but mostly, I write with my dad. Sometimes we do a whole song, and sometimes we'll do half of a song and sit on it for a few months. Sometimes you just have to let that stuff marinate.

 

Q: There's a lot of that '50s/early '60s style in your videos, too. They had you on roller skates in one of them. Any plans to join a roller derby team?

A: No way! I would get so bruised up. I'm not into the bruising or the losing of teeth. I'm just so clumsy, but I do go to the roller rink here. I fall down, but that counts, right?

Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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