Natural Child – Dancin’ with Wolves (Rating 4 out of 5)
Dancin’ with Wolves is Vintage Laurel Canyon Country Rock at it’s finest. Full of 70’s influences including Poco, Pure Prairie League, the Marshall Tucker Band with a Touch of the musical whimsey of Dr. Hook, this is about as much retro fun as you can have with your clothes on.
Starting out in 2011 as a Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson influenced country band, in 2013 they fleshed out their sound by adding a keyboard player and pedal steel to the band while honing their craft playing over 200 shows a year in preparation for their latest release that should propel them to the big time.
The new album is part Rolling Stones, “Saturday Night Blues” and “Nashville’s a Groovy Little Town” could have been on Exile on Main Street, part Dr. Hook, “Don’t the Time Pass Quickly” could have earned them a cover on The Rolling Stone, and “Country Hippie Blues” brings to mind Commander Cody at his Hot Rod Lincoln finest.
Overall this is a refreshingly cool blast from the Country Rock past. A bit more mellow than their previous albums, maturation is never a bad thing. The musicianship is first rate, and the meandering (in a good way) guitar solos and the background harmonies give the whole proceedings a certain Marshall Tucker Band feel.
You can’t help but feel good while your listening to this album.