Fiddler to perform free concert
By BRAD NEWMAN
“Peace. Love. Fiddle.”
So goes Natalie Stovall’s three-word motto – an apt slogan for the 28-year-old country musician with a forte for fiddle playing.
“The fiddle isn’t usually in the forefront of a country music band,” Stovall said. “But I try to use it as a lead instrument.”
Stovall will tour to the Texas Panhandle this weekend. A free concert is planned at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virgil Henson Activities Center on West Texas A&M University’s campus in Canyon.
Stovall began playing violin at age 4, studying classical music in her hometown of Columbia, Tenn.
She now fronts her own five-piece country band that has been touring nearly nonstop for two years. Stovall’s fiddle licks, which she plays in between singing, have become a signature of the group’s sound.
Stovall has released two music projects. Her debut album, “Late Night Conversations,” released in 2006.
“Standing My Ground,” a six-song EP, released last year.
The project’s title track is the band’s current single, an up-tempo Southern rock anthem Stovall co-wrote about pursuing goals and endurance.
“It’s a song about continuing to press on despite setbacks,” she said. “It’s a little bit of a theme song for me.”
Stovall already has been writing new tunes, and concertgoers likely will be introduced to some of the material at this weekend’s show.
Stovall promised an energetic performance on Saturday, fueled by the band’s passion for performing live.
“On stage, I have a hard time containing my love for music. We have an incredible time,” she said. “I try to bring an upbeat, positive, fun time for everyone.”
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