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Free People & Willow Wood Present Backyard Sessions: Local Natives

I’m still pinching myself to make sure it was real.  We first met Local Natives in Atlanta at Shaky Knees, and when we introduced ourselves, they immediately brought up our backyard sessions. We had tried to set one up at Shaky Knees that didn’t work out, but they told us they really wanted to do one.  Cut to next month: They were playing at Firefly Music Festival, just a little over an hour outside of Philadelphia.  Arrangements were made, and the Thursday the festival began we were driving down to Dover with our friends Willow Wood, and acoustic guitars in hand.  Since meeting the girls behind Willow Wood back in Austin, we’ve been partnering with them to produce some of our backyard sessions, and our luck worked out perfectly that they were in NYC and able to make it down for this session.

I can’t say enough good things about the five guys who make up Local Natives – Taylor, Kelcey, Ryan, Matt, and Nik. It’s incredibly refreshing to work with a band as successful as they are, who are so humble and appreciative of everything that comes their way… not a single air of pretentiousness here.  They felt like old friends, happy to play us in ping pong and foosball following the session and hang out for a little while before we made the trip back to Philly.  We left even bigger fans of the band than we were to begin with, if that is even possible – thank you guys, for being the sweethearts that you are, and for this incredible performance of the song “You and I” off of 2013’s Hummingbird.

Thank you Local Natives, Firefly, and Willow Wood!

Photos by the lovely Nicola of Willow Wood.

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Gilda Ramos -July 15, 2014, 8:52AM

OMG ! this guys are the best! I saw them at the ACL 2013 and Im totally a huge fan! And that song is my morning wake up alarm!

Tessa -July 15, 2014, 10:44AM

This is a beautiful rendition of You & I! If you ever get to see these gentlemen live, you will walk out a different woman.

Much love, guys!

Willow Wood -July 15, 2014, 11:13AM

<3 Dream team!

Brigette -July 15, 2014, 2:13PM

This really gets me for so many reasons. So gooooood.

Amy -July 15, 2014, 2:21PM

Top Notch on every level!

Blakelee -July 15, 2014, 4:31PM

Swooning over here

faith -July 15, 2014, 8:00PM

man, i havnt heard anyone achieve such great harmony since simon & garfunkel! amazing!

Stacey -July 16, 2014, 12:07PM

I saw Local Natives at FIREFLY. They were AMAZING!! That was a super fun festival too :)


Juliette Laura -July 18, 2014, 10:30AM

LOVE them, so cool.

Hannah -July 21, 2014, 1:04AM

One of my absolute FAVORITE bands! I’m so glad free people got to work with them, hopefully Ill be able to see them again live!

sonya -November 16, 2014, 6:25PM

They are so nice, saw them at the black cat 4 or 5 years ago and they gave my husband a free cd when he went up to say how much we liked them:)

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