From her early days as a classically trained child guitar prodigy, Natasha Borzilova has consistently created music that says something, and in a fresh way. That hasn’t changed with Wilder Days, her self-produced fourth solo release ― and another very personal collection of songs.
Since the 2006 disbanding of Bering Strait ― the group of genre-defying Russian wunderkinds that brought her from Russia to America, spawning critical acclaim, a Grammy nomination, a 60 Minutes profile and a documentary film ― Borzilova has remained busy: as writer, recording artist, yoga instructor and, most important, mother. Despite a slowdown for the birth of her son, she found time to land her 2010 & 2012 albums, Balancing Act and Out of My Hands, in the Top 10 on the Folk DJ chart; guest on Art of the Song twice, the ongoing exploration of the creative process that is syndicated on more than 200 NPR stations; and perform on the acclaimed (and internationally listened-to) live radio shows WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour and Music City Roots.
Borzilova’s life experiences inform and enrich her music: wise and lived-in songs written or co-written by the singer and delivered with her warm and conversational voice; intimate yet not short on power. She plays acoustic six- or 12-string guitar on all of her albums, with simpatico support from some of Nashville’s finest, whose credits include Delbert McClinton, Shawn Colvin and Bob Dylan.
World music enthusiasts will appreciate that she includes a few Russian folk songs from her homeland in each performance while fans of singer songwriters will savor this captivating, intelligent and highly listenable artist that rivals the best in folk with tinges of pop, rock and Americana.
(photo credit: Rebecca Joy Major)