Hailing from the Gloucester countryside, award-winning Americana duo, The Black Feathers, are excited to release their eagerly awaited debut album Soaked To The Bone on February 26, 2016 on Blue House Music. The first single re-leased from the album, ‘Down By The River’, premiered on Folk Radio UK in late 2015, with the world exclusive first play on BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris show.
Soaked To The Bone, the first long player by the duo of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes, really has been a lifetime in the making. It’s the perfect consummation of the early promise shown by their 2014 EP Strangers We Meet, or the incisive and warm live performances that have won over audiences all the way from The Bedford in Balham to the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
They recorded the album in March 2015 and co-produced with Richard Neuberg (Viarosa), the result of which is a Black Feathers record with shadowy sensuality and charming melodicism in equal measure, from the poignant ‘Goodbye Tomorrow’ and ‘Homesick’ via the ominous ‘Blind’ and ‘Spider And The Fly’ to the sunny ‘Take Me Back’ and ‘All For You’.
They married in 2012, which also marked the beginning of their musical adventure as The Black Feathers. They designed the band logo on honeymoon and the music soon followed. This close collaboration became the backbone of The Black Feathers’ sound. Whether playing to a 1,500 strong audience at the Colston Hall in Bristol, or to 80 crammed in to the Green Note in London, The Black Feathers give an intimate performance that draws the listener in to a special, strong and unique bond between two people.
The band have wasted no time in getting their music heard in venues around the UK, playing a multitude of shows and festivals up and down the country. Within their first year they were awarded the ‘5 Valleys Folk Award’ and the following year also picked up the ‘Folkstock Arts Foundation’ award for best live performance. They have toured in Germany, Holland and in the USA including a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.
The duo will return to the US for another long engagement next May and June, but there are many road miles to cover at home first, fuelled by the exciting arrival of Soaked To The Bone, a debut album to be proud of.
Artists’ website: https://theblackfeathers.com/
“…more than a match for the current Nu-Nashville boy-girl outfits”– Acoustic Magazine
‘Spider And The Fly’ – live: