Ever since he was a kid, Ricky Young wanted a life in rock and roll. His band, the Wild Feathers, just released a second album for Warner Bros. Records, “Lonely Is A Lifetime,” but with their 2013 self-titled debut, the band already notched up tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and played Outside Lands and Bonnaroo. So, you could say he’s got one.
“I don’t know how to put it into words,” Young says from a tour stop in Chicago. “Before we knew it we were touring with Dylan and opening for Willie Nelson. It’s hard to wrap my head around everything that’s happened. It’s surreal.”
The way he puts it, one minute they were hanging out and jamming and the next they had a record deal: “We began flying out to LA a lot and cutting demos, and then we were signed. It all happened really fast and I’m sure there are more details to it, but that’s the way I remember it.”
Indeed, there’s the part in-between being a kid with dreams and being signed to a major label. The 34-year-old spent his twenties working casual jobs. “I worked in restaurant and bars — any place that would allow me to spend as much time as possible doing music,” explains the Houston, Texas native, who has lived in Nashville for 11 years.
Now, “Lonely Is A Lifetime” has critical kudos for a classic American pop sound fueled by powerhouse vocal harmonies and keen melodic hooks. The band even has its own group of super fans who rally at shows. “All our parents get together and drive to shows. It’s like one big crazy family,” says the Young.
The singer almost sounds blasé when he talks about an April “Late Night with Seth Myers” appearance, but the band already played everything from Kimmel to Conan. “We’ve done every late night show at least once and some twice,” explains Young, who adds the shock of fame is nearly worn off on the band's families, as well. "They were super excited the first few times they saw us on TV. Now they’re getting kind of used to it.”
Catch The Wild Feathers' performance live on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC, April 27 at 11:30 p.m.
If you go:
April 28 at at 8 p.m.
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancy St.
Sold Out, boweryballroom.com
April 30 at 8 p.m.
The Foundry at the Fillmore
1100 Canal St.
April 29 at 9 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Avenue, Allston