Can you be an overnight sensation at age 55? If anyone can, it’s surely Etta Britt. A “studio rat,” in Nashville since age 20, Etta (born Melissa Prewitt) has backed up every Music City male worth his chitlins. She was a rock-solid part of the Dave & Sugar trio for half a dozen years, including the five years in a row when they were nominated for the Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year award.
She’s got a farm, a good marriage (to go-for-broke guitarist Bob Britt), kids, and songwriting in her blood. Now she also has a debut album, a road-burning tour schedule, and a chance to be recognized for her blues style as much as for her cowgirl boots and rock ‘n’ roll chops.
On her website, www.ettabritt.com, she offers this insight into her hopes for Out of The Shadows:
With some of the more uptempo things, I can picture someone sweeping their floor or groovin’ along sitting in their car . . . But with ‘The Chokin’ Kind,’”(a Harlan Howard classic), I want a big knot to come into their stomach. I just want to be able to touch people.”
We lost a beloved blues singer named Etta at the beginning of this year. Listen here to see just how well this Etta steps into those shoes, nails Country Western, ups the stakes on uptempo, and does what she set out to do.