In June, local favorites the Wild Feathers wowed an eager audience with a sold-out, homecoming performance at the Ryman Auditorium. For those that remember the show fondly, and those that missed out on the special night, now there’s a chance to pick up a platter-fied document of the evening. The Wild Feathers Live at the Ryman will be hitting the record racks on Record Store Day Black Friday, Nov. 25. For the turntable-ly challenged, the CD and digital versions will follow on Dec. 16.
The 17 track, 2-LP set spotlights an energetic and joyful night for the Wild Feathers. Back in Nashville for the first time after months of relentless touring, their headlining debut at the Ryman demonstrated how the band has sharpening their skills as live performers. The evening’s set included a winning majority of songs drawn from their two studio albums, The Wild Feathers (2013) and Lonely is a Lifetime (2016).
Since forming in East Nashville in 2010, the Wild Feathers have worked their way through the standard circuit of small clubs and dive bars. The Ryman show was an opportunity to reveal the marriage of three-part harmonies, soaring guitars and amplified front porch Americana with classic crowd-pleasing arena rock sensibilities. Throughout the recording, anthem-esque rockers (“Help Me Out,” “Into the Sun” and their hit single, “The Ceiling”) nuzzle up quite comfortably beside crowd-swaying power ballads (“Goodbye Song” and “If You Don’t Love Me”), driving rockers (“Backwoods Company”) and moody stompers (“Hard Wind”).
One of the Wild Feathers’ greatest musical assets, their powerful three vocalist line-up, particularly shines on “Left My Woman,” a track that resonates well in the renowned and hallowed halls of the “Mother Church of Country Music” — venue that has most definitely played host to the cream of harmony singing. The excitement level of the performance was also energized by a guest appearance from former Wild Feather, guitarist Preston Wimberly. Also on hand for some guest guitar work was Nashville fave Daniel Donato, who has played with the Wild Feathers for a select number of tour dates.
Whether a longtime follower or a neophyte Feathers fan, The Wild Feathers Live at the Ryman is a homecoming worth attending. The vinyl LP version is limited to 3,000 copies and will be available exclusively at participating independent record stores. To celebrate the album’s release, and to show their support for a Nashville record shopping institution, The Wild Feathers will perform three, free, in-store shows at Ernest Tubb Record Shop, 417 Broadway on December 1, 2 and 3, with free, signed posters for fans that purchase the LP at ET’s that night.