Blackwater Railroad Company, Pretty Gritty

Blackwater Railroad Company

Pretty Gritty

Wed, November 1, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Blackwater Railroad Company - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Blackwater Railroad Company
Blackwater Railroad Company (BWRC) is on track to become one of Alaska’s most popular and successful bands, with an Alaska Tour planned in Spring 2015 and a nation-wide tour planned for the fall of 2015. An evening with BWRR promises lots of dancing, the love of whiskey and laughter with friends. With a very well received album release in May 2014, BWRC expects a promising outlook for their 2015 album, Sound of Home, and tour.

Like good moonshine, this folk-rock group was formed in the small town of Seward in 2012, and consistently delivers warm, cheery evenings. The band adds new original music with every passing show, mainly culled from the prolific songwriting capacities of its frontman, Tyson Davis. The music can be defined in many ways, but the overarching themes include folk, bluegrass, rhythm and blues and country songwriters from the late 60s and 70s. Regardless of the genre, BWRR specializes in upbeat, unique covers and catchy, danceable originals that never fail to get the crowd dancing and smiling.

In one evening, audiences will hear a wide range of the band’s muses, such as Devil Makes Three, The Felice Brothers, MGMT, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, old blues standards made famous by The Band, and even the likes of Madonna and They Might Be Giants.

Blackwater Railroad is made of five members:

KATY LARKIN – Cellist, vocalist

Katy also does a lot of the design for Blackwater Railroad company and created all the album artwork.

TYSON DAVIS – Lead vocals, Guitar

Tyson hails from North Carolina. the stories he tells and the draw he tells it in is authentic as the farm he grew up on. Much of the lyrics in his songs are drafted in less than an hour. I guess the truth doesn’t take that long to tell.

ISAAC LONDON – Lead Singer, Light percussion

Isaac is as savvy as he is soulful. In addition to keeping the time for the band he also keeps the books. level headed and honest, attributes that echo his Texas roots.


Noah has been in Alaska well over a decade, but has never shaken that dry massachusetts wit. He has an incredible mind and worked on and off for years as a reported in Seward and Anchorage.

ANDY ZAMARRIPA – Bass, vocalist

Andy is a musical savant and plays pretty much any and every instrument. He only picked up the bass because it was what Blackwater was missing in the beginning. His classic western takes infused with a haunting melodic structure give a different dynamic that plays off of the bluesier stuff from Tyson and Isaac. His song 13th Gun on Sound of Home is a standout.
Pretty Gritty - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Pretty Gritty
Pretty Gritty is the serendipitous joining of the talents of Blaine Heinonen and Sarah Wolff, both born and raised in Montgomery County, MD. Although they originate from different rock bands, fate brought them together at local "open-mic" nights, where it became evident that they shared an interest in writing and performing songs that mix country, rock, blues, and soul. It's said that she brings the "pretty" while he brings the "gritty", combining for an engaging alt-country duo with seducing harmonies and addicting acoustics.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212