The Wild Feathers bring spirited soul to STL stage

Returning to St. Louis’ Old Rock House for the fourth time on March 26, 2016, the four-piece alternative rock band The Wild Feathers electrified the stage following their opening band Liz Cooper and the Stampede, which featured Liz Cooper (vocals, guitar), Ky Baker (drums) and Grant Prettyman (guitar). The Wild Feathers, a Nashville-based group comprised of Joel King on bass and vocals, Ricky Young on guitar and vocals, Taylor Burns on guitar and vocals, and Ben Dumas on drums, released their hit-filled sophomore album “Lonely Is a Lifetime” (Warner Bros.), about two weeks ago. Sharing the stage with legends like Bob Dylan, Gary Clark, Jr. and Willie Nelson, The Wild Feathers began their tour this year in Dallas and continued in Austin, Texas, at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

Their rich and spirited soul music carried all the way to St. Louis and simply kept their crowd dancing the whole night. The audience, filled with music lovers who are avid fans of the band, as well as those new to this up-and-coming group, were not disappointed.

The crowd started screaming after the four-piece band came up on stage with a pianist and percussionist. The band excited the audience with a bang with “Backwoods Company,” from their self-titled debut album, The Wild Feathers, a performance that proved their strengths as rock n’ roll performers with strong percussion and flawless guitar solos, both of which kept the audience jumping up and down throughout.

After a few more similar numbers, The Wild Feathers introduced their newest album with the title song, “Lonely Is a Lifetime”. The band effortlessly navigated through this beautiful ballad, which consists of graceful harmonies tapping into the bluesy country tunes that Nashville is best known for – a contrast from the pieces performed before.

The band kept the audience energized throughout as they went through their album, which consisted of many catchy, sing-along numbers apt for radio. The album is focused, but also encompasses blues, folk, country, rock and alternative.

Other hits throughout the concert consisted of “Overnight,” “Happy Again,” and “Sleepers” – songs that sound a lot like early Coldplay and Young the Giant. Ricky Young kept the audience engaged by checking-in in between songs, frequently thanking the whole crowd for being there and supporting them. They then let the crowd sing a few verses from the set list and showed their talent as they added freestyle guitar solos. The fact that the band was able to stay interactive and keep the crowd engaged with passion was the highlight of the concert– it shows that the band is fun, outgoing and simply wants to show other people the power of music.

Three songs before the end, Young said that they were going to do something different. Instead of playing an encore, they played two more songs and then, with the last song, they electrified the stage as they brought Liz Cooper back onstage to sing with them. They went absolutely crazy here and sang as loud as they could. Before this, they played their chart-topper hit “The Ceiling,” with touching lyrics.

After three years away, The Wild Feathers come back strong with their sophomore album, an album with memorable melodies and harmonies, founded on songs such as “Help Me Out,” which is infused with rich influences.

Even with many of the album’s elements being very loud, like a typical rock n’ roll album, the melodies definitely stick with you at the end. More than simply listening to their album though, it is a delight watching them onstage, as they will make you constantly sing along.