One of my favorite moments of Bella this year was stumbling upon three jammers on the pathway twisted off my mind. With seductive energetic improvisations, a natural cohesiveness, and sultry vocals, Natural Babbit’s awesome musical entity crossed paths with this writer’s and the rest is history as they say. I can confidently say they captivated me entirely. I was very impressed to say the least. I mean one doesn’t just come across this kind of expression every day. With many influences individually, they really appreciate The Grateful Dead. The most intriguing of all of it is yours truly is a “DeadHead” and they pulled out a cover of The Grateful Dead called “Deal” that blew me away. Thanks for that yall, I appreciate it for real. Now on to the meat and potatoes.
Josh, Jacob, and Victoria are the members of the band and all matriculate from different exotic locales spanning America. Being a three member core, they have easy mobility but I have seen them at Downtime with as many as eight people on stage getting down to it and nailing it too. Those extra members came from Bettina Villamil at a performance Monday June 28th, 2010; please stay tuned for an exclusive on there spectacular band as well.
Josh plays the upright bass and it feels like home to him; having been a guitar player for six years prior he joined up with a blue grass band playing bass and hopped into Natural Babbit when they started getting hot. Holding the bass down with a cheap Chinese made upright which still sounds bomb and plays good, Josh is looking to purchase a nice Eminence small body upright bass for travel purposes. Jacob plays a Taylor guitar and likes Alvarez too. Jacob has been a guitar player for about a decade now and feels that the brand name doesn’t matter as long as the instrument is a good fit, its more about how it plays. He has played in a few bands and feels like this one has the most chemistry. Victoria has been playing for about six or seven years and plays a Martin that sounds amazing, “Her guitar plays like a Cadillac drives,” said Jacob. “Its got a mix of a condenser mic and a pickup inside of it and you can blend the two together,” Josh explains, creating some spacey sounds. She says she appreciates this project for a lot of reasons including songwriting and improvisation and you will too kiddies.
The name originates very uniquely from a friend a couple years ago who would say, “Oh you guilty Babbit, or you happy Babbit.” They came up with Natural Babbit in terms of being natural beings. They promise the name doesn’t have any association with the town in Minnesota, or the white metal, or the book. We like promises and everything about the energies they plan to bring to the scene is sure to promise fun and good times. Look forward to a potential cd release date coming in the near future from Natural Babbit. I will be doing a follow up on it so keep on checking back.
Having started out playing in coffee shops, they have come a long way and now rock Downtime, Cabooze, and many others. Starting to tour locally to Mankato, Geneva, and Menomminie, they look to spread the word to space and beyond. With all this growth and only being a band for seven months I asked them where they see themselves in the next year musically, and they look to progress playing shows in the “festi circuit’ potentially by next summer, and just getting the word out.
All of them have seen many local scenes being from Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida, but think that there is definitely something special about the scene in the Twin Cities. I agree. People want to help eachother out and the midwest scene is very accepting of evreyone. “This place is like a little incubator ya know, everybody tries to help everybody.” exclaimed Victoria, and she’s right too. So spread the word everyone and look forward to a follow up on Project Earth too.
Check them out at www.facebook.com/naturalbabbit and at www.myspace.com/naturalbabbit also. Also, hop onto my page and leave comment or if you have any questions too. Peace out my bliss junkie friends and family and remember to always “live it and love it.”