THE WILD FEATHERS
The Wild Feathers play at Revolution Thursday.
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $10.
Nashville newcomers The Wild Feathers
got the kind of start that scruffy rock-band dudes the world over would kill for: Signed to a major label (Interscope) before they'd played so much as a single show. That arrangement didn't last, but Warner Bros. scooped the band up and shortly after their self-titled debut was released, they were on the road supporting Willie Nelson.
Singer/guitarist Ricky Young told Paste recently that Nelson and his crew's "whole attitude and outlook and the way they treat other people, other young bands like ourselves, it was a great learning experience." The Feathers play a propulsive brand of Americana fueled by three primary songwriters and singers who take turns at the mic but can also harmonize beautifully.
In its brief existence, the band has been saddled with the traditionalist label, along with a fairly consistent list of influences (Petty, Dylan, Allman Brothers, The Band). While those are fair comparisons, it's also a bit of shorthand that's not entirely accurate, as there's a pronounced pop sensibility going on with the band, along with an undeniable knack for melody shared by each of the three songwriters and deftly showcased by producer Jay Joyce.
So are The Wild Feathers headed for Kings of Leon/Black Keys/Alabama Shakes-level renown? Who knows? But you probably don't want to be hearing about this show in a year or two when they're playing much bigger venues and kicking yourself for not going to see 'em at the Rev Room when you had the chance.
Opening up are John and Jacob
and Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts