If you miss the guitar driven rock n roll of Tom Petty and the Black Crowes, the Wild Feathers' new self-titled release will make you nostalgic. In addition to having multiple vocalists, this is not a band limited by three chord capabilities. Instead of each song following a formula and sounding the same, these guys have a wide array of musical styles. Reminiscent of the Eagles, they start out with a fast riff on "Backwoods Company" and progress to country rock on "Ceiling" and "Left My Woman" but throw a curve when they go into "I'm Alive" that's reminiscent of Soul Asylum at the height of their career. The harmonies are finely tuned, but best is the mix of songs which according to All Music Guide they prefer to call American instead of Americana. There are definitely Mellencamp and Springsteen themes with smokestacks and the lack of cash set in the bleak world of the working class. But despite honoring the hardscrabble life, the Wild Feathers' musical virtuosity as they go from Southern rock, to alt-country, to a bluesy-rock soul stands out as their songs melt from one to another in this well-produced debut.
--Cindy F., Headquarters