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Achy Breaky Folk

Wild Child is a band with an intimate toe-tapping twist that could give any indie-folk lover a music boner. Their sound swings between a bottle of wine on a rainy day and a hipster hootenanny.

Texan-born lead singers Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins met while on separate tours in 2009. Creative sparks instantly flew between the two. Wilson and Beggins began to play around with lyrics and melodies in the company of Evan Magers (keys) and Matt Bradshaw (trumpet, harmonica) and stumbled upon folk-pop gold. The band soon recruited Carey McGraw (drums) and Sadie Wolfe (cello) to finalize and release its hit album Pillow Talk in 2011. 

Pillow Talk’s name says it all — the album reflects on heartbreak, crappy lovers and moving on, while also sneaking in those last bits of intimacy held in any dying relationship. By 2013, Wild Child released its second album, The Runaround, featuring a cycle of songs that dives deeper into the narrative equivalent of a young lover’s diary — the record of going through the toil of having crushes and being crushed, but also gaining a sense of self. 

Wild Child is not only growing up with their love-heavy lyrics, but the band's sound is developing a more refined and layered mixture of old-time bluegrass meets indie pop. Fools, the band’s most recent album, feels like a breath of fresh air after a young couple's storm; the melodies have a more lively pace than previous albums and the lyrics exhibit a more independent, playful attitude.

Wild Child plays with Walker Lukens, Helyn Rain & Jeffery Left 9 pm Friday, Dec. 9, at WOW Hall; $15 adv., $18 door. — Kelsey Anne Rankin