Los Angeles, CA
Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with lead vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Over the past year, Valley Queen has been recording tracks for their debut, full-length LP and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Lucero, LP, Laura Marling and The Wild Reeds, as well as headlining Pappy and Harriet’s in Joshua Tree the Echo Park Rising Festival. They’ve been featured in the lineups at Make Music Pasadena, Lightning in a Bottle, River Roots Live, and The Otis Mountain Get Down. Valley Queen headlined their first residency series at The Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles throughout July 2016 to raucous crowds for three consecutive weeks. In August 2016, the band released the singles “In My Place” and “High Expectations” on Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records to wide acclaim. Pranav Trewn from Stereogum wrote that Valley Queen has “never sounded better than they do on “In My Place.” Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered praised that “Valley Queen comes from the Neil Young school of great music. They are fronted by Natalie Carol, whose voice is simply amazing,” and The Village Voice noted that Valley Queen has “stayed true to their roots while embracing the psychedelia of California rock — and making some damn good music along the way…anchored by Carol’s enthralling vocals.” Indeed Natalie brings the perspective of a fierce, confident, independent woman in the same vein as Jenny Lewis, Karen O, and Grace Potter. The rest of the band, consisting of Neil Wogensen, Shawn Morones and Gerry Door, enrich the songs with energy, excitement and emotion.