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Gretchen Witt: Six

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If you have a chance to listen to Gretchen Witt's new CD, Six, I recommend it. Although I didn't have any preconceived notions about her or the CD, I was surprised at really how good Six is, and how much I enjoy Witt.

Though fairly new to the music industry, Witt is off to a strong start, playing a combination of soft rock and folk. Her voice is strong and pleasing, as are the accompanying acoustic guitar and drums. Some of the tracks on Six are pretty mellow and include cello, piano and organ. Others are faster, with more upbeat tempos, and include electric guitar and harmonica. Overall, the sound is polished, professional and easy to listen to.

Witt grew up in Ohio and studied classical piano. At 18, she moved to New York City where she graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in drama. But she found her true calling in songwriting and guitar playing. Most of her gigs are limited to New York City—mostly Manhattan and Brooklyn—but she has played at several festivals across the United States, and was a 2006 finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado and the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Witt currently has limited radio coverage, but I predict that America will be hearing more of her and I'm hoping a national tour is in her near future, too. For more information, visit Witt's Web site at www.gretchenwitt.com.

—Sabrina Gary