Some of you may not even know who I’m talking about when I say Natalie Stovall, but let me say this, once you see her live you will know.
Natalie is from Nashville Tennessee and started playing the violin at a young age. I don’t know much about her childhood nor do I know how she got to where she is today, but I do know she can play a fiddle like no one else, she will be Charlie Daniels predecessor after he’s gone, and rightfully so, the way she plays the fiddle makes anyone believe that.
This was my first time seeing Natalie in concert, my friend had seen her once before, so we ventured off to Bloomington, Illinois to the Six String Club to enjoy the show. Natalie wasn’t scheduled to go on until 10:15pm, and that was fine we would set in the bar and wait patiently. My friend Cheri Hargis is a diehard fan, so we knew when she arrived in Bloomington, but the doors of the club didn’t open until 7pm, so we would be the first in the door.
There weren’t many that got to the club early, Bloomington Illinois is attached to Normal Illinois which is a college town, home of Illinois State University, and so you can imagine the crowd. Quite a few 21-25 year olds drinking more alcohol then there bodies should consume, and displaying the “college town” persona.
Anyway, Natalie started off the night with a variety of music, she played “Bones” by Gary Allen, “Fancy” by Reba McIntyre, several Black Crowes songs, along with her fiddle take on Adele’s “Someone like Me” she even did “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith, and “Hell on Heels”, by Pistol Annie, as well as “Fiddlepalooza” which consisted of a fiddle version of “Beat it” by MJ, which was epic. Natalie just doesn’t remake songs, she does have a few CD’s out of her own material, she sang her current single “Standing my Ground” off of her EP entitled “Natalie Stovall”, she was named Entertainer of the Year in 2012 by the CAM 2012 Awards, which represent College Campuses, she also travels and play on Military Bases overall a well rounded performer in her own right.
You can’t be a fiddle player without playing at least one of Charlie Daniels songs, and “Devil went down to Georgia” came out in the end; it was a fast pace fiddle extravaganza that was AWESOME. Overall a fun evening, she and her band played one set, and then took a break to meet fans, and chat with friends, and basically rest for a bit, before ending the night with another set, it was a great concert and I hope to see her again here this year.
Overall it was a great time, and the little venue was quite good as well, the Six String club is located in downtown Bloomington, a block away from a free parking garage, and other various spots, it’s a small little club, that has a dance floor, disco ball and even go-go dancer cages on the side of the stage, so they do have live music quite often, it was a great club, and I would go back for sure.
If the chance comes up, go see Natalie Stovall, you won’t be disappointed, she puts on a great show, full of great music, and awesome fiddling, she is the female fiddler of the future.