“Nothing feels better than being free,” sing the Wild Feathers in “Wildfire,” a new song that perfectly sums up the Nashville country-rock band’s wandering spirit. Fleshed out by pristine harmonies and slippery guitar leads, the track is their road diary, their mantra and their call to arms. This is a group that is most at home on the highway, forever looking ahead to the next city and the next shared experience onstage.
“If you can sum up our lives as a band in one song, it’d be ‘Wildfire,'” says singer-guitarist Taylor Burns. “When you’re on the road, you’re like cowboys in the Wild West going out into some neon frontier.”
And it’s that undiscovered land of flickering lights, both off in the distance and in the crowd in front of them, that the Wild Feathers continue to explore on their eagerly awaited third studio album Greetings From the Neon Frontier.
Reuniting with producer Jay Joyce, who oversaw the group’s 2013 self-titled debut and 2016’s Lonely Is a Lifetime, the band – packing a three-vocalist punch in Taylor, singer-guitarist Ricky Young, and singer-bassist Joel King, along with drummer Ben Dumas – embrace their more countrified influences. Sounding partly like a lost Eagles album and the record Tom Petty never got to make, Greetings From the Neon Frontier satisfies with thick harmonies, jangly guitars, Ben’s in-the-pocket beat, and smart, tight songwriting.