Who is Ian Feathers?
It’s been said “He’s as authentic as a tree of oak” and “He’s as genuine as the Bristol sign, as reflected on his new album “Long Haul,” as referred by the great music journalist Tom Netherland.
Feathers is no stranger to music. By the age of 7 he was picking up the guitar and taking piano lessons. At 18, he had more than 5 years advanced training on trumpet and studied under Dr. Michael Fansler and Steven Cooper.
In 2001, Feathers jumped in as bassist for the local jam band Stormy Monday. In 2006-2008, he jumped in as bassist for a few with the founder of Appalachian Reggae, Ras Alan & The Lions; he even made a guest appearance at the Bristol Rhythm n’ Roots midnight jam. In 2008, he co-founded the Grassroots Gringos, a jam grass band out of Knoxville TN. While there, he jammed with the likes of Cruz Contreras and others. In 2009-2010, Feathers was a regular at the Santa Fe Brew Co open mic. He jumped in as bassist with local band Pigment. During this time, they shared the stage with Carolyn Wonderland and Yonder Mountain String Band. They even headlined the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, which is a pretty sweet gig.
Feathers took a brief hiatus in 2011-2013 for the birth of his son. During this time, songwriting took over and the Feathers family moved to Waxhaw NC. Ian was a regular in the Charlotte NC scene, playing open mics and gigs with many of the local musicians in the area.