Story Behind the Song: The Wild Feathers, ‘Big Sky’
What do you get when you build a band out of four people who all have some sort of experience with singing lead in previous groups? Some impressive three-part harmony, apparently.
Comprised of Joel King, Ben Dumas, Taylor Burns and Ricky Young, the Wild Feathers' single "Big Sky" -- from their third studio album, Greetings From the Neon Frontier -- encapsulates the feelings of freedom and comfort that can only come from wide open spaces. While their close harmony sounds like second nature, the group explained to The Boot and other media outlets at a press event that, in fact, that harmonizing took a lot of practice.
Read on to learn more about how "Big Sky" came to be recorded, and why the Wild Feathers selected it as the album's first single.
Joel King: When we were making the record, we were missing that song where, right off the top, we had three-part harmonies and then kept that throughout the whole song. We wanted a song like that, because a lot of times we'll kind of trade off.
We found that song and decided to cut it, because it felt like what the record was missing. The imagery also fits the theme of the record, of getting back to basics and back to the country, back to how we started this band ...
Ricky Young: ... and getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life, especially Nashville, which is changing so fast right now.
So many people respond to the song, and I love it. It makes me wanna roll the windows down. I can't wait to travel this summer, and I think the song paints a picture of wide open spaces.
Taylor Burns: The harmonies are the toughest thing, because while I guess it comes naturally to sing together, that doesn't mean it comes naturally to sound good together all the time! [Our producer] Jay [Joyce] wouldn't let us just tune it after the fact. No, we worked. It was honest.
Young: This particular chord was the right chord, and it was the right time in our career to try to pull off a song like that. I don't know that we could have done a song like that on the last record. I don't know that we were that skilled yet, even in the studio, with all that trickery. It still takes something that we can only learn to do together, so we're pretty proud of that one.