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Natural Child Goes Country On “Dancin’ With Wolves”


For their fourth full length album, Dancin With Wolves, Nashville’s boozy roots-rockers Natural Child added both a full time keys player as well as bringing pedal steel into the fold for the first time. The resulting record is easily Natural Child’s polished and full sounding to date, and shows a maturation within the band and the ability to continue to cultivate and hone their sound, something that is always a good sign.

The songs on Dancin With Wolves are awash in the newly added instrumentation, the bittersweet whine of the pedal steel and boogie-woogie piano fills are nearly ubiquitous on the record, and they compliment this chilled-out version of Natural Child wonderfully. The album, like everything Natural Child does, is refreshingly sincere and without pretension and Dancin With Wolves is a gen-u-wine, tried and true Honky Tonk Record.

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The laid-back stroll of album opener “Out In The Country” recalls J.J Cale’s “Cajun Moon” and announces the arrival of Natural Child’s new, fuller sound immediately with a couple of killer break downs lead by the keys and pedal steel. The boozy, rollicking piano permeates the record and sounds so at home within Natural Child’s songs that the group’s evolution to a country-blues band for this album feels very… well, natural.

“Out In The Country”:

Natural Child has always worn their influences on their beer-soaked sleeves and a lot of the songs on Danicin With Wolves sound like something Gram and Keef might have come up with on the front porch of Villa NellcĂ´te one lazy afternoon while they watched the empty coke baggies blow by like tumbleweeds in the wind. The album sounds like a Saturday night out in Nashville, one where you’ve got some cash in your pocket, a girl on your arm and a fantastic buzz in your head. You can taste the cheap, cold beer, smell the Camel Lights and hear the guy next to you telling his buddy to hurry up and call “That Guy” already. Overall Dancin With Wolves is a another boozy good time with Natural Child, one that’s well worth the unavoidable forthcoming hangover.

The band’s first jaunt out in support of the album start this April with what promises to be an incredibly rowdy run opening for Atlanta’s Black Lips, check out all the dates and check out a live performance of their song “Derek’s Blues” below.

Natural Child 2014 Spring Tour Dates with Black Lips:
4/14/14 Richmond, VA The National
4/15/14 Washington, DC The Black Cat
4/17/14 New York, NY Webster Hall
4/18/14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
4/19/14 Boston, MA Paradise
4/21/14 Montreal, QC Corona
4/22/14 Toronto, ON Phoenix
4/24/14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
4/25/14 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
4/26/14 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
4/27/14 Minneapolis, MN Turf Club
4/28/14 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
4/29/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird
4/30/14 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
5/3/14 New Orleans, LA Siberia

“Derek’s Blues”:

Overall Album Rating:
Final Thoughts

Overall Score 3.7

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