The Wild Feathers perform on Studio10

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Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly and Ben Dumas are “THE WILD FEATHERS”, and they stopped by Studio10 with Cherish Lombard to tell everyone about their big show in Mobile! The band will be playing at Soul Kitchen Friday, January 31, 2014. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show time is at 8:30 p.m. The show is part of their winter headline tour.

The Nashville band takes inspiration from musical genres across the spectrum, including country, blues, folk and rock, and spins it into a roaring web of warm, cosmic melodies with vintage roots and modern tones. Ricky, Joel, Taylor and Preston were all lead singers before they came together as The Wild Feathers, fronting their own bands and writing songs with their own distinct sounds. All hailing from Texas with the exception of Joel who’s from Oklahoma, each member grew up with a deep sense of southern musical traditions, while they were being raised on records like Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Tom Petty. As kids, their moms played the Rolling Stones instead of lullabies while rocking them to sleep!

Eventually Ricky and Joel both moved to Nashville where they connected in 2010. Occasionally they would get together to write music and play. Their vision was of a group where each member is as indispensable as the next, making a solid set of four instead of a front man backed by session players. The Wild Feathers found their missing pieces, leading them to become what Joel calls a “four-headed monster, not four separate monsters butting heads.”

Mutual friends suggested a man by the name of Taylor Burns with a strong electric-guitar rip and bluesy growl. He seemed the perfect thing to complement Ricky’s smooth, folk tone and Joel’s rock and roll bellow.  Next came Preston Wimberly, who rounded out the loose, bright harmonies and added an occasional country twang through some masterful pedal steel. The four gathered to play music in Austin, and clicked almost instantly and effortlessly.

For their 2013 debut, “The Wild Feathers,” the band enlisted Jay Joyce as producer. He encouraged the band to tap into their innate sense of harmony and true rock and roll sound. Their days in his Nashville studio were full as they recorded most tracks live, one at a time. The resulting record is a display of four unique talents effortlessly unified with bluesy, hard rock and folky tunes. Songs like “Left My Woman” allow Ricky, Joel and Taylor to sing a few solo bars each in the opening, before joining with Preston on the chorus. Visually, they are united, too, playing shows standing in a line straight across the stage, as one, “The Wild Feathers.”

Soul Kitchen
219 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36603

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