Katie Pruitt made an appearance last Saturday at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, with supporting act Jack Van Cleaf, for what would become a rather intimate experience.

Opener Jack Van Cleaf, excited to be touring with his two best friends, delivered a raw and emotional set, including “Terrestrial Man,” which was written for his father, a pilot. At the end of his set, Katie herself came out to sing with him for “Wild Roses.”

The crowd, largely made up of queer country fans, cheered excitedly as Katie took the stage. Pruitt, who is openly gay herself, took a moment to discuss her faith between songs.

“I like the Bible,” she said. “There’s some good stuff in there. But people… twist it around. I don’t like that.”

She continued, “If Jesus were here, he would be at the drag clubs. He would be at the protests. He would support our trans brothers and sisters.”

Katie’s set felt warm, candid, and tailored to the Philadelphia audience. The crowd sang along with most of her songs, including “Self Sabotage,” and “Loving Her,” which proved to be a huge fan favorite.

Katie Pruitt continues her tour this week, and will wrap up in October at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. She will make several stops along the East Coast and through the Midwest on her way.

Photos and review by Ash Widmann (Lightbender Studios)