Nashville, Tennessee's Wild Feathers prefer the term "American" over Americana when describing their sound, which falls somewhere between the earnest, neo-Southern rock of the Black Crowes, the bluesy swagger of the Black Keys, and the wide-open-road country-rock of the Eagles. The group's eponymous debut drew largely from classic rock and country, while 2016's Lonely Is a Lifetime bristled with modern touches and big production values, dialing back on the twang and incorporating elements of psych, pop, and anthemic alt-rock. The band continued to refine their Southern rock, Americana, blues, and folk-tinged sound on subsequent efforts Greetings from the Neon Frontier (2018) and Alvarado (2021).
Formed in 2010 around the talents of Ricky Young, Joel King, and Taylor Burns, all of whom had served as lead singers in their previous bands, the Wild Feathers came together out of a shared love for all things Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, the Band, and the Allman Brothers. They eventually inked a deal with Warner Bros. and found themselves opening shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The band's eponymous major-label debut hit the streets in the summer of 2013. The album peaked at number one on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, resulting in invites to appear on Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Seth Meyers, and ABC's Nashville, as well as critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and USA Today. Their stylistically versatile sophomore studio long-player, Lonely Is a Lifetime, dropped in early 2016, as did the concert LP Live at Ryman. 2018's harmony-laden Greetings from the Neon Frontier saw the band deliver a warm and breezy collection of new material that evoked the timeless country-rock of 1960s and '70s. In 2020 the band issued Medium Rarities, which collected previously unreleased material from the past decade, and in 2021 they put out Alvarado, their fourth studio LP and first outing for New West Records.