|The Wild Feathers (photo from ACL Music Festival website)
This group is based in Nashville but has roots in Texas and Oklahoma, embracing country blues, folk and rock all at once. Tellingly, most of the band were lead singers before coming together to produce songs that have a full frontal sound with powerhouse singing and dense instrumentation. It definitely harks back to when songs like this were a part of Top 40 radio in the 70s, and The Wild Feathers list such influences as Neil Young, Tom Petty and Led Zeppelin. Their self-titled debut album was released in August with a deluxe edition boasting two bonus tracks. Fans can also snap up a free download of four songs performed live in Portland by visiting the band's website, including this epic closer, "The Ceiling."