Nearly a decade ago, Natalie Carol left her home in Little Rock, Arkansas and headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. With a voice reminiscent of a southern-born Patti Smith or Stevie Nicks, Carol has the sound and the looks that would have fit in perfectly with the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 60s and 70s. Her band, Valley Queen, with Neil Wogensen (bass/vocals), Shawn Morones (guitar), and Mike DeLuccia (drums) carries the rock spirit of the past in to the present.
In 2016, the band released the singles "In My Place" and "High Expectations" on Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records to wide acclaim, and have played lauded shows at an array of venues, opening for Laura Marling, Reggie Watts, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and LP. They've been featured in the lineups at River Roots Live, NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Tour, Nelsonville, Lightning In A Bottle, and Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion.
Valley Queen's premiere EP, Destroyer, was released in 2017 to critical praise. Produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Nikki Lane, Fool's Gold, FIDLAR), "Stars Align" was named one of Bob Boilen's Top 50 songs of 2017 by NPR's All Songs Considered. The band spent the latter part of 2017 and early 2018 in the studio with Pesacov recording their debut full-length album, slated for release on Roll Call Records in summer 2018.
"But the latest tease of the band’s long awaited debut album portends the Los Angeles quartet finally realizing their full potential. They’ve never sounded better than they do on “In My Place” — especially vocalist Natalie Carol, who wrestles with the wreckage of her faith and self-perception while anxiously considering her own youth “floating on great expectations” and “choking on grand illusions.” - STEREOGUM
"Driven by the impassioned vocals of Natalie Carol—tones that shiver in all the perfect places—"My Man" is a song that smacks of rolling hills and freeform dancing, a kind of pop imbued with Laurel Canyons vapors and alt country angles and a top down free spiritedness." - NOISEY
"Valley Queen comes from the Neil Young school of great music. They are fronted by Natalie Carol, whose voice is simply amazing." - Bob Boilen, NPR: ALL SONGS CONSIDERED
"The Arkansas transplant instills a lulling romantic mood, her clear voice arcing slowly like a comet over her band’s gentle ’70s country-rock backing. The Echo Park quartet pumps up the soul on their 2015 follow-up, “Who Ever Said,” a retro ballad distinguished by Carol’s persuasively hopeful entreaties." - LA WEEKLY
"...Carol has stayed true to her roots while embracing the psychedelia of California rock--and making some damn good music along the way." - THE VILLAGE VOICE
"...This video is a celebration and expression of that progress...and Love remains the ultimate outlaw." - HUFFPO
"Singer Natalie Carol has a real powerful voice, and the band’s folk pop has gained comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, Florence Welch, and others." - BROOKLYN VEGAN