Region: Austin, TX
Fiercely independent road warriors Wild Child, an “Indie-folk powerhouse” once considered “destined for national acclaim”, has spent the past year stepping into that spotlight, playing stages as major as Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wakarusa and Firefly Music Festivals, and the Savannah Stopover.
Behind its second album The Runaround, the premiere release on Ben Kweller’s Noise Company label, the Austin sixpiece earned NPR’s Top Ten Songs of 2013 honors for “Living Tree” and saw five additional songs hit No. 1 on Hype Machine’s Hype list. Their Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube streams have eclipsed eight million listens, and they’ve appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and an airing of ETown Radio. Another single, “Crazy Bird,” debuted on Specialty Radio at No. 1.
Together since 2009, the band’s been hailed as one of the top acts in music rich Austin since the release of debut album Pillow Talk; told their mix of folk, pop, and gypsy melodies make them sound like little else. Kelsey Wilson “has the voice of a Jazz Age Broadway baby,” writes NPR. “All coos and hiccups and shivers.” They’ve received illustrious praise from Paste Magazine, Elmore,The Austin Chronicle, and American Songwriter. “Poised to be Austin’s next national breakout act,” writes the Austin American-Statesman. Sold out shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC suggest the future’s uponus.
Incorporating violins, ukuleles, cellos, bass, banjos, and horns in ways that few folk bands could conceive of today, Wild Child has broken through as one of the preeminent bands in one of the most storied music cities in the world, winning back to back honors as the city’s Best Indie Band at the Austin Music Awards.
Kelsey Wilson – Violin/Vocals
Alexander Beggins – Ukulele/Vocals
Evan Magers – Keyboards
Sadie Wolfe – Cello
Chris D’annunzio – Bass