After spending the first part of 2016 on the road, the Wild Feathers came home in June, celebrating their return to Nashville – as well as the release of their second album, Lovely is a Lifetime – with a sold-out show at the Ryman Auditorium.
Recorded on June 25th, 2016, Live at the Ryman doubles down on raw, unscripted, southern-influenced heartland rock, with 17 songs spread across two vinyl records. As always, the spotlight is split between the band’s three frontmen – Ricky Young, Joel King and Taylor Burns – whose voices pile into harmonized heaps during songs like “Left My Woman,” a crowd favorite from the band’s 2013 debut.
“‘Left my Woman’ is a very special and important song to all of us,” says Young, who co-wrote the track – a road song about long horizons, lengthy drives and the loved ones waiting back at home – with his bandmates. “It’s a detailed documentation of our lives at that time. Playing it years later at the Ryman was intense and beautiful, because our wives and girlfriends that we were writing about were standing on the side of the stage watching our dreams come true. It sounds amazing in that stage. Just how I always imagined it.”
Former Feather Preston Wimberley, whose roots-rock riffage fueled the band’s three-guitar attack up until his departure in 2015, makes a guest appearance on the Ryman track, reuniting the band’s original lineup less than a year after his exit. The result is a moving, nostalgic performance that tips its hat to the Wild Feather’s history without sacrificing their momentum. Listen to the song – featuring an enthusiastic crowd that sings an entire chorus itself – below.
Released last Friday as a limited edition, double-LP vinyl, the Wild Feathers’ Live at the Ryman will hit stores in CD format on December 16th. To whip up buzz for both releases, the band will kickstart three-night stand at Nashville’s Ernest Tubb Record Store tonight (December 1st). A longtime mecca for country fans and bluegrass aficionados, Tubb’s store has run into its share of challenges during the 2010s, with Nashville’s soaring real estate prices and ever-increasing tourist traffic threatening a mom-and-pop shop that now stands in stark contrast to the surrounding honky-tonks.
“We wanted to give an old-school Nashville institution some love,” says Burns. “That store has been a cornerstone of Broadway – and Nashville in general – for so long. There’s real history there. Back in the day, people would do in-store performances at Ernest Tubb, and then they’d play the Ryman the next day, or vice versa. We wanted to do something that was uniquely tied to the record – something we’d never done before. We’re excited about doing it there.”