Natural Child – Dancin’ with Wolves (Rating 4 out of 5)

naturalStraight out of wrong side of the tracks Nashville, Tn, this new brand of rebel outlaws are out to steal your women, smoke your weed, and generally misbehave themselves into your earhole.

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.