The Wild Feathers 

The Wild Feathers

This is one of those rare Warner Bros. records I grabbed off the rack on a whim because the first track, "Backwoods Company," kicked all kinds of rock 'n' roll ass when I tried it out at the store listening station. While the rest of the record doesn't live up to the same level of stinky riff-abuse, it's still a surprisingly good listen. Hey, I'm a guy who grew up on classic rock and it's clear these guys did too, so we were like brothers from the moment the first note hit my ear hole.

The Wild Feathers are from Nashville by way of Austin, made up of multiple stellar songwriters—Taylor Burns, Joel King, Ricky Young, Preston Wimberly and Ben Jarvis—who were all previously lead singers in their own bands. This creates room for big, shiny harmonies on the power choruses, and I love that kind of sound. While most of the album offers mid-tempo songs with power ballads sprinkled in, there are still some high moments that make my guitar-rock-worshipping soul exult. The solo on "Hard Times," for example, almost demands a music video with the lead player on a mountaintop, the wind fanning his hair in waves. That the album can evoke that kind of imagery means I'm not even going to hold the glossy production and big label against them.

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