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Natalie Spears 

 

 

Natalie’s original compositions are a home-grown recipe of intimate honest lyricism, syncopated banjo melodies, and hypnotic body percussion. Drawing on the roots of Americana, including Old time and Jazz, she brings to life the history of these traditions with her own voice and nuance. Her music offers listeners the space to both venture into the dusty corners of humanity and to rest easy under the strength of strings.

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.