By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
After taking a sold-out crowd at the 930 Club with Delta Rae by storm, Nashville-based rockers, The Wild Feathers, are set to soar with the release of their first full-length album this spring, and are looking forward to coming back to D.C.
“It was a great show, a great crowd,” said Taylor Burns, one of the band’s singer-songwriters from Texas, “but I didn’t get to try any of those cool cupcakes.
The Wild Feathers got together in 2010, and is made up of four members, all of whom have backgrounds fronting their own bands and pushing their own songs. Since forming the band has developed a rough-and-tumble sound all its own, and thrives on a healthy level of competition when writing songs – as well as the necessary servings of whiskey required in the realm of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
“Because we all come from songwriting backgrounds, it pushes each of us to write better,” Burns says while recalling a particularly memorable songwriting session with bandmates Joel King, Ricky Young and Preston Wimberly.
Snow fell heavy on Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, and The Wild Feathers found themselves snowed in and isolated entirely save for the company of their ideas, guitars, and each other. The band spent two weeks together in a cabin, inspiring different ideas and bonding as a unit rather than a collection of individual singer-songwriters.
The band’s lyrics and hard-hitting guitars, which are reminiscent of late summer nights spent around a bonfire swapping stories and drinking beer caught the attention of Interscope Records who signed them, but then cut the young band loose while they were nearly done working on their record. The Wild Feathers were quickly picked up and put to work by Warner Bros. and have grown to rely on each other for inspiration and comfort.
The band wrote one of its first songs together, “Left My Woman,” in L.A. which describes the shared experience of each member missing the respective leading ladies in their lives that were left at home in the pursuit of Rock ‘n’ Roll glory. Written and performed together, the song showcases the band’s cohesion while providing insight into the experience of the members as each sings his own vignette. The relationships described in “Left My Woman” have all since ended, but the one forged by the eclectic group of rockers has them ready to hit their upcoming tour hard, and maybe get a little wild.
The Wild Feathers self-titled debut full-length album is set to be released later this Spring. Check out their video for “Backwoods Company.”