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Natalie Spears 

 

 

History stores itself in the Old Time tunes and folk songs that Natalie brings to life. Blue notes and syncopation from years of listening to her father play piano weave into her music. The raw rhythms of Natalie's banjo, bass, and piano groove beneath her soulful voice, singing of life’s joys and sorrows.

Born and raised in the heart of Washington DC, Natalie began playing piano at age five and by fifth grade was schlepping her upright bass on the school bus. Music fell by the wayside after high school but in her early 20’s, Natalie stumbled upon American Roots music. While playing bass in an Old-Time string band, she became enamored by the driving rhythm of the clawhammer banjo, and since then, has dedicated herself to learning the instrument and its history. 

She plays with a variety of bands spanning a range of genres. She has performed heavily throughout Western Colorado and has shared the stage with seasoned musicians such as Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, Red Molly, Martha Scanlan, The Railsplitters, and many more.