The music of Pretty Polly melds the soul of old school American roots and the craft of contemporary songwriting. The duo (made up of Los Angles singer-songwriters Jessie Payo and Leeann Skoda) met at a show in Pomona, CA on Valentine’s Day 2014 where they were both performing separately. They quickly bonded over American folk music. Each singer-songwriters in their own right, they soon began to combine their sets and perform together as a duo. They have since played hundreds of shows across Southern California and beyond. Their debut studio record Smoking Gun was released in May 2018.
Smoking Gun was recorded in February 2017 at BIG EGO Studios in Long Beach, CA and produced by Chris Schlarb. It was recorded live with in just a few days. The songwriting and vocals of Jessica Payo and Leeann Skoda, melodic 12- string guitar lines of producer Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple), the organ stylings of jazz pianist Tony Rinaldi, and a rhythm section featuring Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples) and free jazz bassist Anthony Shadduck makes for music that is driving at times and swampy in others, part rock and roll and part dreamy folk. Slide guitarist Johnny Stachela also contributed to two of the tracks, bringing out the blues in this record that is at once contemporary and timeless. The album is mostly original material written by Leeann Skoda and Jessie Payo, along with a Louvin Brothers cover and “All Good Things” by Schlarb which he wrote with the duo in mind, who he says have “a rare vocal chemistry and are great songwriters.” The album is available on iTunes, Spotify and directly from the band at https://prettypollymusic.bandcamp.com/.
VIDEO “Smoking Gun” Live
VIDEO “Pumped Up Kicks” Cover