Out of Nashville, TN The Wild Feathers are in the next wave of troubadour rock groups. Like a lot of acts out there, they did everything they could to tour in their early years. They scraped money and gear together until they gradually started making headway with touring and their music. Their hard work would eventually turn in to a record deal with Warner Bros. We talked with The Wild Feathers' Taylor Burns about the group's recent touring success and what that's meant for a band who have had to work for everything they've gotten to this point.
"We've been touring nonstop since January about six months before the record came out last year," started the vocalist. "We've hit it really hard. We did close to 220 shows last year. Then this tour, this is our first headlining tour. It's been great. About half of the shows have sold out. It's been awesome to see the response."
The headline tour that Taylor was referring to isn't actually going on anymore - they wrapped that up just last week. It was a headlining tour that the group got to do with Jamestown Revival in tow. The Jamestown Revival guys were old friends of Taylor's. Burns talked about that first headlining tour and put it in perspective.
"It feels cool," said Burns. "We've been on the other side of that for so long; opening up, taking the bus sometimes, struggling, making terrible money at first; it's nice to be higher up the food chain. It's nice to help somebody climb the ladder a little bit too."
There are some hardships that go with touring but the perks far outweigh the disadvantages. The Wild Feathers have seen most of the country with their shows, and soon they'll spread their music to Europe. Burns noted that the life is perfect for him.
"I've always wanted to do this. i love this lifestyle. Unfortunately you don't get to hang out in the cities as much as you'd like all the time, but every once in a while you get a few days off to do that - so you can' really complain about that. I've never even been to Europe - just for fun or whatever - and thats what's kind of next for us. That's just awesome. I'm excited to go over there and do that too," added Burns.
You can get The Wild Feathers self-titled debut album from Warner Bros. now. They have a few shows scheduled for April and May in the U.S. - those are listed below.
4/03 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
4/05 Rhythm 'n Blooms Knoxville, TN
4/25 Indio, CA Stagecoach
5/15 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom