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 Mikey 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 Reggie Watts, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, LP, Laura Marling, Springtime Carnivore, and The Wild Reeds, as well as headlining the Echo Park Rising Festival, Pappy & Harriet's, and The Echoplex. They’ve been featured in the lineups at Lightning in a Bottle, River Roots Live, NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Tour, and Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion.
Pranav Trewn from Stereogum praised that Valley Queen has “never sounded better than they do on “In My Place,” and Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered believes that “Valley Queen comes from the Neil Young school of great music."
2017 marks the debut of Valley Queen's premiere EP, Destroyer, featuring their newest songs produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Nikki Lane, Fool's Gold, FIDLAR). The songs show the band's sonic evolution since their first release, and will set the stage for exciting things to come.