This band stands out from others in its genre because there are actually four strong vocal leads. Ricky, Joel, Taylor and Preston all stand front and center, in a line, on the stage and take turns taking the vocal leads on various songs, sometimes each contributing solo bars on one song. Ricky Young occasionally will step out in front of his mic and lean over into the audience at a touchable distance further engaging fans. The end result is seamless and this is unusual. Having four lead vocals and having this be successful is not an easy task. It is hard to avoid having different vocal leads competing with one another. Usually the end result is a lack of cohesiveness to the band's sound and often seems disjointed. Not the case with The Wild Feathers. They sound like one animal. Joel has called the fierce foursome a "four headed monster" and this is an accurate description.
Combining the folk, rock and softer sounds of these bandmates along with perfect harmonies, the end result is truly flawless. They each have mad guitar skills too. It is necessary to mention the skills that Preston Wemberly brings to the table with his pedal steel guitar. Although he appeared to be the least sweat drenched member of the Wild Feathers, he arguably played the most difficult instrument. The pedal steel guitar requires coordination with foot pedals and a bar to move the chords and add vibrato and shading to the sound. Kudos to Preston and the added richness this instrument brings to the bands sound. The Wild Feathers played with full throttle excitement and verve throughout the set. I was exhausted (yet energized) just watching them.
Taylor Burns, featured in the video I took from The Double Door, plays electric guitar and has a deep and bluesy sound to his vocals. This song represents the "hard rock" personality of this band.
For their 2013 debut, The Wild Feathers, producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, the Wallflowers, Emmylou Harris) encouraged the band to focus on true rock & roll and harmony. The album has something for everyone because it combines hard rock tunes like "Backwoods Company" and folksy love songs like "Tall Boots".