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Albums Of The Week: The Wild Feathers | Alvarado

The Nashville country-rockers take the DIY approach for their fourth full-length.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Wild FeathersAlvarado was produced by the band and follows their 2020 career-spanning odds-and-ends collection Medium Rarities. Formed in 2010, The Wild Feathers have released three critically acclaimed studio albums, delivered one live record captured at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bob Seger and more.

After a major tour with Blackberry Smoke was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the group hunkered down in a small cabin northwest of Nashville. Using the confidence gained from self-producing three new songs on the Medium Rarities compilation, The Wild Feathers decided to keep things in-house, producing themselves, which was a part of the hard-scrabble work ethic that got them their success in the first place.

For the first time without a fancy studio, the band were confident and calm during the process, which cohesively allowed the sound to be exactly what they felt like instead of having to answer to anyone. Knocking out 14 songs in just four days, they bonded over barbecues and beers and there was a warmness that hadn’t been present since their early days. This relaxed approach is reflected in the laid-back nature of the songs featured on the stellar Alvarado.

“We’ve always written and demoed new songs in a cabin outside of town and then gone into the studio to record the album,” Ricky Young offers. “This time, we decided to take the studio to the cabin and produce it ourselves. We’ve never been more proud of a collection of songs because it feels and sounds exactly how we wanted it to. No outside input or opinions, just the five of us in a room together.”

With Alvarado, The Wild Feathers have done what’s usually a difficult task for a band at this stage of their career: Evolve and produce some of their best work to date.”