Fresh off the CMA Fest and Bonnaroo stages, The Wild Feathers are ready to show the world what they’ve been working on these past few years with the release of their upcoming album Greetings From The Neon Frontier.
The Jay Joyce-produced record boasts 10 tracks that feature the band’s signature layered harmonies and captures their wandering spirit. It includes unbelievable vocals, catchy tunes, and overall real music, making this one of our best albums of 2018.
Bound to make a huge break in the country scene with comparisons to becoming the next Eagles, the band consists of Ricky Young on vocals and guitar, Taylor Burns on vocals and guitar, Joel King on vocals and bass, and Ben Dumas on the drums.
CS Country hopped on the phone with frontrunner Ricky Young to talk about the process behind making the album, the support the lead single “Big Sky” has been getting, and one thing the band always does before hitting the stage.
Greetings From The Neon Frontier hits shelves and all streaming platforms on Friday, June 29th.
CS Country: Greetings From The Neon Frontier is coming out very soon! Can you describe the sound and types of songs that will be on the album?
Ricky Young: “Its our 3rd proper studio album, so I think it’s exactly what we needed to do and what we should’ve done. It’s the perfect combination of our first and second. It shows a lot of maturity and growth in the songwriting and sound. As far as the sound goes, it is more back to our roots and more country rock that we do naturally. We didn’t shy away from it at all, we just embraced it.”
CS Country: What was the process like of choosing what songs were to go on the album?
Ricky: “We wrote 50+ songs for it, so it was a tedious task to carve away songs that don’t make the cut. It is a very democratic decision-making process, so everyone is really hands on and involved. It takes time but everyone comes up with different ideas and you just match them up and do the best you can to make the greatest album selection of songs that captures exactly what that kind of place was. As far as recording it, we did it with Jay Joyce again and we just really focused on playing together as a band and capturing that. We’ve known Jay for a long time now and we have loved working with him. He is a workaholic and he is so productive that it is inspiring. He takes all of the madness and puts it all together in one single thing that we call a song.”
CS Country: “Big Sky” is getting great feedback from SiriusXM, how does that make you all feel?
Ricky: “Any sort of feedback like that makes you feel great! SiriusXM and The Highway reaches such a broad group of people so we feel very honored that people are liking it. Also too, for a band like us, we’re not your typical country band. It is nice to be played on that type of stage on the radio and what we think is our best effort of making real music, we’re really proud and happy about it!”
CS Country: Since we are Celeb Secrets Country, what is a secret or a fun fact about the band that you would like to share with us?
Ricky: “Before we go on stage we drink as much beer as possible to get rid of the nerves. If we’re on the road we try to find a really good local barbecue restaurant or tacos, we try to get the local flavors. We have so much fun together. A lot of bands split up and go their separate ways when they get into town, but you will always see us going down the street together. We love each other so much. It is really just drinking and eating.”