The Wild Feathers

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The Wild Feathers
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Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresCountry, Southern rock, rock, heartland rock, alternative rock
Years active2010–present[1]
MembersJoel King
Ricky Young
Taylor Burns
Ben Dumas
Brett Moore
Past membersPreston Wimberly (guitar) and Aaron Spraggs (drums)

The Wild Feathers are an American country rock band formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, by Ricky Young, Joel King, and Taylor Burns, all of whom were lead singers in previous bands. Drummer Ben Dumas joined the band following the release of their debut album in the Summer of 2013.[2] Multi-instrumentalist Brett Moore (formerly a member of Apache Relay, a band that had opened for The Wild Feathers) began touring with the band in 2015 and recording with the band for 2018's "Greetings From The Neon Frontier" album. The band's second studio album, Lonely Is a Lifetime, was released March 11, 2016.[3] Their third studio album titled "Greetings from the Neon Frontier" was released June 29, 2018.[4]


The Wild Feathers was formed in 2010 by artists Joel King, Ricky Young, Taylor Burns, and Preston Wimberly.[5] Burns and Wimberly were high school friends, and had previously played together in a band called Noble Dog.[6] The band's four original members all contributed both vocals and guitar to the band.[7] The band was signed by Jeff Sosnow, an A&R man at Interscope Records before playing a single live session or recording any songs. They were dropped by Interscope Records before finishing their first album and signed to Warner Records, where Sosnow had begun working.[7]

The Wild Feathers began touring in 2013, playing hundreds of show with acts like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and ZZ Ward,[8] and playing at venues like Hangout Music Festival.[9] Their self titled album, produced by Jay Joyce, was released in the summer of 2013 and charted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart and at #109 on the Billboard 200, resulting in invites to appear on various television programs, as well as acclaim from major music publications.[10] Their single "The Ceiling" peaked at #7 on Adult Alternative Songs in October 2013.[11] Guitarist and vocalist Preston Wimberly left the band in late 2015.

While on tour, the band began working on their second album, Lonely Is A Lifetime, which was released on March 11, 2016.[12] On June 25, 2016 The Wild Feathers recorded Live At The Ryman, played to a soldout Ryman Auditorium. Live At The Ryman celebrated the band's return to Nashville and the release of Lonely Is A Lifetime. Former-member Preston Wimberly made a guest appearance on the track "Left My Woman", from Live At The Ryman.[13]

On June 29, 2018 The Wild Feathers released their third album Greetings from the Neon Frontier, which was produced with Jay Joyce[14]

On November 20, 2020, the band independently released Medium Rarities, an album featuring 11 previously unreleased songs from the band's 10-year career.[15] The album includes covers of “Blue” by The Jayhawks, “Almost Cut My Hair,” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and “The Guitar Man” by Bread (band).

Style and influences[edit]

The Wild Feathers features the harmonic talents of multiple vocalists, including King, Young, and Burns.[16] The Wild Feathers have been noted for their blend of Southern rock and Americana,[17] blues,[18] and folk music.[19] Ricky Young acknowledged the influence of The Band on the group's sound, but pointed out that there were many other inspirations behind The Wild Feather's sound.[5] The Wild Feathers have cited acts like Tom Petty, The Eagles, and Otis Redding as inspirations.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US 200 US Heat US Alt US Rock UK
2013 The Wild Feathers 109 1 17 25
2016 Lonely Is a Lifetime 4 24 31
2018 Greetings from the Neon Frontier
2020 Medium Rarities

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US 200 US Heat US Alt US Rock UK
2016 Live At The Ryman


  1. ^ James Christopher Monger (2013-08-13). "The Wild Feathers - The Wild Feathers | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  2. ^ Ed Grisamore (2018-07-22). "Losing a coin flip led this drummer to a life-long passion and career". Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  3. ^ James Christopher Monger. "The Wild Feathers | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  4. ^ "The Wild Feathers Talk Making of 'Wildfire': 'It's Almost a Love Letter to the Band'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  5. ^ a b Reichard, Sean. "Ricky Young of The Wild Feathers talks about beginnings and The Band". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  6. ^ Dearmore, Kelly (2014-01-24). "The Wild Feathers Grew Up on Dallas Blues". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  7. ^ a b "The Wild Feathers: Déjà Vu All Over Again". Relix Media. 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  8. ^ Nation 2013-12-02T21:36:44Z, Acoustic. "The Wild Feathers on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Tonight and 'Rachael Ray' Performance Confirmed for December 10th". guitarworld. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  9. ^ Oldshue, Lynn (2014-05-13). "Things Started Coming Together for The Wild Feathers at the 2013 Hangout Festival". al. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  10. ^ steve. "Country Music: Meet The Wild Feathers Band". Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  11. ^ Brant, Joseph (2016-02-29). "February: the Month in Music". Out & About Nashville - LGBT news, events and gay guide. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  12. ^ Lenahan, Jim. "Wild Feathers soar with '70s-style harmonies". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  13. ^ Crawford, Robert (2016-12-01). "Hear the Wild Feathers' Earnest 'Left My Woman' at the Ryman". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  14. ^, Roughstock- (2018-07-05). "Album Review: The Wild Feathers - "Greetings From The Neon Frontier"". RoughStock. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  15. ^ Fox, Randy. "The Wild Feathers Satisfy Old Tastes and New Cravings with Medium Rarities". The East Nashvillian. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  16. ^ "The Wild Feathers Bring Back 'Good Old Rock & Roll'". Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  17. ^ Times, Music (2013-08-15). "The Wild Feathers 'The Wild Feathers' Album Review: Can Nashville Band Break Past the Americana 'Ceiling' of Contemporaries Dawes, Houndmouth? [VIDEO]". Music Times. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  18. ^ "The Wild Feathers Raise the Ceiling at Sold-Out Ryman Debut". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  19. ^ "WFUV at SXSW: The Wild Feathers at Hotel San Jose | WFUV". Retrieved 2019-12-31.
  20. ^ Liptak, Carena. "Who Are the Wild Feathers? 5 Things You Need to Know". The Boot. Retrieved 2019-12-30.

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