Grace Woodroofe is only 21, but her warm and wise music marks her as an old soul. Born in Australia, the blues-folk singer was discovered by actor Heath Ledger when she was 16. The self-taught guitarist and singer subsequently relocated to California to record and develop her sound. Four years later, Woodroofe has worked with blues-rock star Ben Harper and signed a label deal. She’s toured with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Cat Power and polished her emotive vocals on her debut album, Always Want. We chatted with her before her show this Sunday at the Black Cat in Washington D.C.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
A Beatles cover band at the Perth Zoo.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Opening for Ben Harper at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
A band called Spider Problem played in an empty warehouse in downtown Los Angeles – March, 2009 to about 30 people. It was dangerous and thrilling and I will NEVER forget it.
Gig you would most like to play?
I just want to play in a room with wooden floors and serious natural reverb. Where the audience is absorbing every word and you can hear me breathe every breath.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Patti Smith, Jack White, Blonde Redhead, Sonic Youth, me…all in a warm and dark small bar somewhere in New York.
Catch Grace Woodroofe Sunday night at Black Cat, D.C..