Like many people this year, pandemic-induced downtime led to some self-reflection for the Nashville-based band the Wild Feathers. Since forming in 2010, the group has honed a unique blend of country, Southern rock, Americana, and roots–centric pop that has garnered them spots opening for the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Willie Nelson. This year, the band had plans to tour with Georgia rockers Blackberry Smoke. But with shows canceled, the quintet began exploring their archives, finding unfinished gems on hard drives and other tracks that had never found a home—until now.
Medium Rarities, set to release November 20, contains eight of these unearthed B-sides, demos, and covers (like the Jayhawks’ “Blue,” produced for the Wild Feathers by Dave Cobb). Opening a door to a new era for the band, the album also includes three new, self-produced tracks, including the harmony-laden, feel-good jam “My Truth,” which Garden & Gun is proud to premiere below.
“We wrote ‘My Truth’ in about an hour and a half,” says bassist and vocalist Joel King. “We thought that it was too easy to be good, but a few weeks or months later, we listened back to the demo and loved it. The cherry on top is that we produced this track ourselves. It’s the sound of the group without any outside influences.”
“Lyrically, I think it has a lot to do with realizing what is real and positive in your life,” adds guitarist and vocalist Ricky Young about the track. “It’s really easy to feel like you’re drowning in a river of too much information, and the world keeps throwing weight on your shoulders. Resetting and turning everything off is so crucial for your own sanity.”
Listen to “My Truth” below. Medium Rarities is available for pre-order here, and you can also buy tickets to watch the Wild Feathers upcoming album release show, livestreamed from the new Nashville location of Brooklyn Bowl on November 20.