Natalie’s original compositions are a home-grown recipe of honest lyricism, soulful 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 intimate corners of humanity and to rest easy under the strength of strings.
Born and raised in the heart of Washington DC, Natalie took after her father, a Jazz and Classical pianist, and began playing piano at age five. By fifth grade she was schlepping her upright bass on the school bus, playing saxophone in her school band, and taking drum lessons. 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.
Natalie is currently touring with her Americana Roots project, Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears, a banjo/fiddle/bass/guitar/mandolin duo. In 2015 she co-founded the band Pearl & Wood and they released their debut album in the spring of 2019. As a multi-instrumentalist, she also plays with a variety of bands spanning a range of genres. Natalie has performed throughout the United States and has shared the stage with seasoned musicians such as Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, Red Molly, Martha Scanlan, The Railsplitters, and many more.