9:30 INTERVIEW: Ricky Young, The Wild Feathers
[9:30] So you guys are getting ready to start the tour up at Stubb’s in Austin which is kind of like a home town show for you all right? You pumped?
[Ricky] Yeah, man. We’re excited, we’ve been on quite a bit of a vacation we had like a month off and in Nashville if you sit around a little too long, you get kind of stir crazy, so we’re ready.
[9:30] I bet. Now as you guys get ready for the tour, which looks pretty extensive, what are a couple essentials that you have to have out on the road with you to make life bearable on the road?
[Ricky] Hmm I don’t know, do you mean packing or like musically?
[9:30] Either or… let’s go with packing
[Ricky] Okay. Well it’s kind of funny, I pack pretty much everything I own, because you never know when you’re going to get the chance to do laundry! So I’d rather carry a huge suitcase and have clean clothes, then run the risk of not having anything at all.
[9:30] Right on. Now with you guys, having so many former lead singers and people from different bands coming together in one, I was interested what the songwriting process is like. If one person writes a song does that become their song to sing in a sense or is that something you guys always do collaboratively?
[Ricky] Yeah it’s kind of like that. I mean whoever kind of brings the idea to the table kind of holds the reigns and is the leader on that song more or less. Sometimes it’s just kind of bound together with no idea whatsoever, starting from scratch it all kind of depends. I mean we all write together, Joel and I write quite a bit and then if I have an idea that’s finished or halfway finished I can take it to them and we try to go from there. We can also sit down at a table and start from scratch and those tend to be a lot of fun because with 3 of doing it, it can be pretty easy and exciting to see all these ideas take on a life of their own when an hour ago they were nothing.
[9:30] Yeah, that’s interesting. One of the songs that really stuck out to me on the album was “Hard Times.” Would you mind telling us where that kind of came from?
[Ricky] Yeah, that’s actually a good example of the question before. We were in Austin and it was ACL Festival and we were kind of not knowing what was going on and we were in this situation where we had never toured.
[9:30] Oh was this after the Interscope issue?
[Ricky] Yeah it was in between all that. So we were at ACL and we weren’t planning to be down there, but for some reason I had been at the festival seeing a couple friends and then walked back to Taylor’s house, and they had started the verse and chorus of that song and I thought it was great and I thought I had to get involved in there somehow you know? So I sat down and worked out the bridge and the lyrics, and we just kind of fine tuned it from there. So yeah that’s kind of a good example of how that all works, you know?
[9:30] Yeah, that’s very cool. I wanted to ask you as well – I have a trip to Nashville scheduled in about a month, any suggestions for me while down there?
[Ricky] Oh there’s so much there for a small town. The First thing I always do is go eat my favorite little Mexican taco place called Mas Tacos in East Nashville. I lived in East Nashville so that’s kind of my fun spot so there’s nice bars when I get home like 3 Crow, 5 Spot, and Edgefield, and those are kind of like the low key sit-and-have-a-conversation nice hangout bars. Obviously the whole Broadway Honky Tonk scene is pretty great, but I chose to do that during the day so it’s not super crowded, and there’s always music down there so it can be a lot of fun.
[9:30] Good to know! I’ll check some of those out. Now, when you guys come through DC is there anything you’re looking forward to doing here?
[Ricky] Oh yeah, we’ve always had such a good time in DC, especially at 9:30. We’ve been pretty lucky and have had lots of slots there – I mean we were always support, but we’ve been lucky with playing only sold out shows there, it seems kind of unfair, but that’s kind of the way it’s happened, so we love it man. We love that place.
[9:30] And we love having you guys, that’s great to hear. I’ve got one more question for you – if The Wild Feathers were to have their own cocktail what do you think would be in it?
[Ricky] Oh God. It would probably be – this isn’t going to make any sense, but it would probably just be a mix of things that we drink heavily. We’d have a lot of Miller Lite, throw in a lot of Jameson, a little bit of Jack Daniels, and maybe get some red wine in there and that’s pretty much it. I don’t know what you would call it.
[9:30] It Sounds Delicious
[Ricky] [laughs] It sounds Disgusting!
[9:30] It sounds like it would do the job!
[9:30] Alright man, well I appreciate your time. We’re really looking forward to the show here and hopefully we can have some of those drinks stashed in the dressing room for you when you get here.
[Ricky] Yeah, man. That sounds awesome. I appreciate it, man.
[9:30] Alright, man. Thanks a lot.
[Ricky] Have a great day.
[9:30] You too!
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