The Wild Feathers
285 West Washington St
Athens, GA, 30601
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Raised in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart developed an early enthusiasm for music, learning piano from their mom and moving on to guitar in their teens. As they grew older, the brothers walked different paths – Bear pursued college football, earning several all-time Furman University records and winning the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy, while Bo studied architecture at Clemson (though he too excelled on the gridiron, appearing in a supporting role in the 2003 football drama, Radio).
Despite their respective successes, the Rineharts still dreamt of making music. Bear formed a band during his college years playing coffee houses and later with Bo and Seth Bolt, a childhood friend they became the group known as NEEDTOBREATHE. The band’s expressive songwriting and aggressive regional touring saw an ardent fan base grow in the South East in ever-increasing numbers.
Upon signing to Atlantic in 2005, NEEDTOBREATHE headed to the UK to record their debut album, “DAYLIGHT”, with British Producer Andy Green, which released April 2006.
2007 saw the release of their second album, “THE HEAT”, co-produced by the band with Rick Beato and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland. Where DAYLIGHT was marked by its cerebral, often opaque lyrics, THE HEAT saw NEEDTOBREATHE investing in its music with a truer sense of honesty and real circumstance.
2009 brought “THE OUTSIDERS”, debuting at No. 9 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Charts and scoring a Top 20 slot in Billboard’s Top 200 album. This third album co-produced by the band with Rick Beato, Jim Scott and John Alagia, revealed a greater insight into their feeling of not belonging. Bo Rinehart said “We come from a really small town called Possum Kingdom in South Carolina, and there is not really a music scene there. So we felt a bit out of place when we got signed to a major record deal and we showed up at the offices and there were posters of Led Zeppelin, when that happened we felt like, we’re definitely “country come to town.” And so it took us a little bit of time to really find our place and figure out who we were, and at this point we’ve really come to terms with it and we’ve really embraced it. We’re proud of it, and I think our fans find a lot of similarities in that (story). It’s really become something we wear on our chest now – we’re proud of it. We’re the outsiders.”
Relentless touring continued through 2009 and 2010, including their first tour of Europe. With sold out shows at Chicago’s House of Blues, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and many more, they cemented their reputation as a “must-see” live act.
When the Rinehart brothers set out to write the songs that appear on their fourth album “THE RECKONING”, they felt something bigger awaited them. Bear explains “There was always this creeping reminder that we needed to show what the last ten years on the road had taught us. If we couldn’t do that, everything we had worked for was meaningless.”
Rick Beato joined them in their home studio, now located in Charleston, SC to co-produce over the next seven months. “We never settled. We were looking for a spark. Sometimes in the studio you’ve got to keep searching until something happens that feels magical. We were waiting for that moment to strike on each song before we called this album finished.” Lyrically, all roads lead from the album’s title, which Bear says has several different meanings, one of them being the justification of accounts. “I like the idea that you put in all this work and at some point it comes to a peak -- that’s the reckoning time.”
THE RECKONING debuted September 2011 at No. 6 on Billboard’s Album Charts and No. 1 on iTunes Rock Charts. Headline tours throughout 2012 and 2013 took The Reckoning across North America and the UK, playing iconic festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the UK’s Hard Rock Calling.
NEEDTOBREATHE are once again back in the studio working on their fifth album, as yet unnamed, slated for a Winter 2013/2014 release date.
The Wild Feathers
Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston
Wimberly, grew up steeped in music; playing solo gigs, touring with local bands and working at venues. The four guys came together in Austin in 2010 through coincidence, mutual friends, and a shared love of the classics: Petty, Dylan, Cash, The Band, Allman Bros, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. They immediately began playing together
and became The Wild Feathers. The young band spent the next year writing and defining their sound and touring around the country, sharing the stage with Delta Spirit, Surfer Blood and The Heavy, even landing an opening spot on Paul Simon's 2011 fall tour. The Wild Feathers are a truly American band: their music takes elements of the best of rock, country, folk and blues music and reshapes it in a way that is both unique and modern.