LCM #SongOfTheDay: ‘High In The Valley’ - Dominique Pruitt
Our next LCM featured artist LA based Dominique Pruitt comes from a rich musical family. Her father Larry Brown once played in The Association and Smothers Brothers before joining Engelbert Humperdinck in the ‘80s, where he met and forged a romantic relationship with her mother, singer Anne-Marie Brown (The Babys, Jon Waite). Dominique has just released her wonderful new comeback single ‘High In The Valley’. It’s a retro ‘Nancy Sinatra’ infused blend of rockabilly and pop, paying homage to the sounds of her youth, but with a unique fresh twist. It’s Dominique’s first release in five years
Massive thanks to Dave Postal at Laurel Canyon Radio in LA for the introduction.
“I had written down that song title a few years ago. It was such a part of me at one point to feel like I was trapped in this hopelessness of being so close to what you want in a way but so far away,” Dominique comments about the song, which was written with Jasmine Ash, Joseph Holiday and Kenny Fleetwood. Amidst the flecks of cracked motel paint and peeling wallpaper, Dominique finds herself in her very own Spaghetti Western.
Dominique first recorded three demos of her father’s old songs in 2009, and in 2011 her music fell into the right hands and she was ultimately signed to Merovee Records. Her Dave Darling (Tom Waits, Brian Setzer) produced EP ‘To Win Your Love’ was released in 2013, and while she had her debut full-length all ready to go after working with him, things didn’t exactly feel right anymore and the record was shelved. The label closed soon after and she was left wandering around to find her next move.
“High in the Valley” is a smokey concoction of forlorn spirits caught in grungy dive bars in nowhere middle America, the dust of the open road crawling along the floor and the neons piercing the crowd’s dilated pupils. Her spirit and heart are on full display, culled together with remarkable musical depth. “I love Wanda Jackson,” she says. “I went head over heels the first time I heard her.”
Dominique evokes imagery of vintage showgirls and the mystique of burlesque into her music and performances, beckoning the listener into a world long gone. The accompanying visual, directed by Dana Boulos and styled by Shana Anderson, is inspired by fame French photographer Guy Bourdin. The aesthetic is classic without being pretentious, accessible but universal, colorful but not overexposed.
Watch out for new music coming soon