DorNel Pratt has been a performer of many types & styles of music from Bluegrass to Irish Folk, American folk, Classic County, Blues & Classic Rock. She has been recognized by National Geographic & her version of “Children Go Where I Send Thee” recorded with Lou Reed & Carolina, was included on the CD “Destination Appalachia”, which features Legends in Bluegrass such as Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, The Osborne Bros & Doc Watson. Her CD “Roots Of Grass” was nominated for ‘Best Bluegrass CD’ and DorNel was nominated 3 times for ‘Best Bluegrass Female Vocalist’.
In 1999’ DorNel recorded a CD of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland & England, entitled “In My Prime” and featured some of the same musicians on the ‘Roots’ CD like Rickie Simpkins. In 2003’ DorNel teamed up again with Rickie Simpkins & Wyatt Rice to record “The Old Home Place” featuring Rickie Simpkins on fiddle, banjo, mandolin & harmony vocals, as well as the very talented Wyatt Rice on lead, rhythm & bass guitar.
DorNel has been the opening act for Bluegrass greats like Ralph Stanley, IIIrd Tyme Out, Dave Evans & Jim & Jessie McReynolds. She has opened for Country artist like Trick Pony & Cletus T Jude.
DorNel ran a Bluegrass TV show promoting local talent in Southwest Va. called “Bluegrass In The Mountains” with Heritage TV, Norton Va. & ran & produced a radio show promoting local talent called “Local Talent Live” with WNVA in Wise, Va.
She had a chance to sing at the Grand Ole Opry (Ryman Auditorium) in Nashville during her time spent there. Her CD “Roots Of Grass” was frequently played on the air by some of the local Bluegrass stations.
DorNel’s version of “How Mountain Girls Can Love” recorded with Lou Reed & Carolina was featured in a short documentary promoting tourism to Southwest Va.
DorNel has received airplay from many radio stations in Southwest Va. as well as Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina & as far away as Utah.
DorNel has shared the stage with many Bluegrass greats like Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, Sammy Sheilor, Little Roy Lewis & Ronnie Stoneman. She has performed with ‘The New Girls Night Out’ & ‘The Appalachian Ladies Trio’ as well as many others through the years. Before he was famous, she had the privilege of singing with Dan Tyminski who sang the theme song, ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’ for the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” movie.