Kelsey Wilson foreshadowed Wild Child’s eventual set closer on the phone before the Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival.
Despite the grander sophomore record from the Austin-based folk pop band, when I asked Wilson if the bigger songs set a more intimate stage for Wild Child’s old, ukulele lullabies, she offered a clear “yes.” An acoustic in-crowd song from Wilson and her singing partner, Alexander Beggins, would likely be in the cards.
That’s what you see happening at the very beginning of this video: Wilson and Beggins being rewarded with high fives as they walk back to the stage after playing face-to-face with the crowd they’d driven all the way from Austin to meet.
But the rest of the set was expectedly up-tempo, fleshed out by six players and some committed pop-song writing by the band.
Before this performance of “Cocaine Hurricane,” from their debut album Pillow Talk, Wild Child made the crowd study up for a sing-along. And off it went:
See more photos of Wild Child by Shelby Wolfe