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Natalie Wells

Ladies in the local rock scene are few and far between. Ladies that play scorching lead guitar are even fewer, in fact I think there is just one, Natalie Wells. Natalie’s band plays classic rock to the fullest, some critics refer to it as blues, power blues maybe, but this rocks way too hard to be classified as blues in my book. If you consider Hendrix blues then there ya go.
While other girls were giggling in the malls sucking Slurpys, Natalie must have grown up jammin’ bands like Jimi, Zeppelin and the like, yearning to mimic those screaming riffs, practicing her bleeding little fingers to the bone. I can see her now, wild mottled mop
of hair, a black Zeppelin concert tee, frayed Levis, sitting in a bedroom wall papered in rock god posters trying over and over to get that first chord right. Practice makes perfect and this chick practiced hard.
At 21 Natalie was getting press. Now at 28 she is getting solid gigs that take her all over the midwest and southern states. Her site (www.nataliewells.net) contains a wealth of reviews praising her talent and videos to prove it. Critics all share the same theme. Freewheelin’ Magazine says “If you have heard this lady play... you’re in for a treat; she’s HOT!”- Tim Halloran. Nashville Music Examiner says “Natalie was doing the Clapton version (on Crossroads). She did an amazing job of recreating the original guitar parts... on The Sky is Crying... I noticed she did none of Stevie’s licks, but rather played her own version... That’s when I instantly became a true fan of Natalie Wells. I’m personally planning to spread the word around town; Nashville needs to be able to see this band live” - Kenny Utterback.
Charleston Gazette says;”...Natalie Wells... should be known as Natalie “Janie Hendrix” Wells. She is a woman possessed on electric guitar, her complicated runs racing up & down the fretboard (and maybe behind, for all we know) then up and back again. Her eyes roll up in her head at the most intense of these finger fireworks, her lions mane of braided, black hair whipping along with the musical meltdown underway.” - Douglas Imbrogno. Citybeat says “...she could very well be the future of the local Blues scene.” Cincy Vibe says “This chick rocks (and so does the band), she can throw down serious chops with anyone in town and hold her own. A hard hitting power blues classic rock band (including an often under-mentioned bassist and drummer) with something truly new... a fiery female front-woman/lead guitarist”.

Although not often mentioned, bass player Curt Hall and drummer Michael Hodges not only play on a pro level but sing many of the songs as well. They all rock solid. No doubt Natalie can torch any Clapton-Stevie-Jimi hit out there but when I watch her fingers fly it makes me want to hear Natalie tear up some metal classics, like “Am I Evil”, Seek and Destroy or the like!
Probably not in her set list but I bet she could pull it off. I’m gonna yell it out at the next show just for the hell of it.

 

 

 

 

 

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