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SXSW 2014 Records

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, March 14, 2014, Music

Natural Child

Dancin' With Wolves (Burger Records)

Nashville – stuffy? Naw. You just haven't been to East Nashville of late, land of pearl snaps, taco huts, and food trucks (sounds like East Austin). These grimy Seventies revivalists eschew gritty, one-dimensional devotion to sweat-rag rock & roll by welcoming keys and a pedal steel, making Seth Murray's threesome a fivepiece. The result hooks its third disc for California's Burger Records and fourth LP overall, Dancin' With Wolves, on some "Country Hippie Blues," with tracks like "Firewater Liquor" evoking George Thorogood and "Rounder" calling to mind Austin cow-tippers the Moonhangers. Elsewhere, Murray's guitar gets soupy on Latin-tinged centerpiece "Bailando con Lobos," and "Don't the Time Pass Quickly" proves Natural Child's neglect of practice makes perfect. "Nashville's a Groovy Little Town," insists Natural Child. (9pm, Cheer Up Charlie's; Hotel Vegas, 1:15am; Sat., Hotel Vegas, 1:15am; Sat., Hotel Vegas Patio, 10:30pm)


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