Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots
Photo by Michael Trojan of Brandywine Photography.
She can go from "Billie Holliday to Janis Joplin all in the same song!"
Memphis IBC Judge, 2013
"A great blues voice with lots of emotion and heart. She can belt out a tune and makes the blues come alive. Her pipes are strong and her delivery is authentic. If you enjoy the blues, keep Gretchen on your short list of performers to see."
Michael Trojan, Brandywine Photography
Gretchen Emery is a dynamic vocalist and flutist who performs with passion and heart, consistently delivering energy and sincerity with each song. She has made cameo appearances with or opened for Hubert Sumlin, Lowrider Band, Hunter Hayes, Savoy Brown, Johnny Neel, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Victor Wainwright, Sam Cockrell, Dana Fuchs, and Jonathan "Boogie" Long.
Gretchen has been a fixture on the Delaware/Philly music scene over the course of the past 20 years. She had early classical training in piano, flute, and voice and was later transformed by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, and Susan Tedeschi. Over the years, Gretchen has performed in local bands English Garden, The Condors, and Red House at local Tri-State area clubs such as WarmDaddy's and The Stone Balloon. Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots have performed as contestants in the 29th International Blues Challenge, Wilmington Riverfront Blues Festival, Delaware's Annual June Jam, Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Fort Hunter Music and Wine Festival, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Hershey Hill Climb, and various benefit concerts including events for the Diamond State Blues Society, Delaware Boots on the Ground, and Practice Without Pressure.