Country singer-songwriter Liz Sharpe (a.k.a. Little Feather) literally has music in her blood. From the tiny Appalachian town of Pikeville, Kentucky, she was born into the fabled singing dynasty that includes Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless, and has been making music practically since she emerged from the womb. After years of singing and playing organ in the church choir she joined forces with her five best musical compadres and found her musical home with the band Little Feather.
Liz, who has sung harmony for such diverse acts as Holly Williams (Hank Williams' Jr.'s daughter) and Michael Bolton, penned a song titled “Float Along, Little Feather.” Upon listening to her composition, she knew she was onto a certain sound that she wanted to explore more deeply. She and her husband, Aaron Spraggs (drums), recruited Dylan Rowe (bass guitar), Sam Brooker (rhythm guitar and harmony), Shannon Campbell (guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmony, and Glen Campbell’s son), and Pat Boyer (guitar and slide), and Little Feather was born. Take one listen to the music of this fresh new band and one thing will become very apparent - there's nobody else like them.
Imagine the sound of Alison Krauss sitting in with Mumford and Sons in Fleetwood Mac's basement and you'll have an idea of Little Feather's sound. The songs on their debut CD, Little Feather, run the emotional and stylistic gamut. There’s the ebullience of “Hillbilly Love Song” and “ASAP,” the romantic yearning of “Try Me” and “Touch the Moon,” and the air-tight harmonies of “Waiting on Love” and “Roll River Roll.” The ability to craft their own songs is something Liz says Little Feather takes a great degree of pride in. “I think it gives us authenticity as a band. There’s a truth that runs through it. When we’re playing live, we’re telling a story that we all wrote together."
Little Feather’s music comes across so well because of this kinship the band shares. "We all love spending time together,” the band says, “We are like musical brothers and sisters, a family. We eat together, drink together, hang out together, and rock the stage together."
“We can walk into a room right now, play, and it will sound the same as it does when you put it on in your car. We don’t want people to go, ‘Man, I paid all this money to see these guys live, and they don’t really sing or play like that.’ We’re not always perfect. We’re going to have our moments. But, we can walk in and play for you, and it will sound just like the record. We’re very proud of that.”
Evoking the ghosts of Liz's Appalachian/Cherokee past, the modern-vintage yodel and stomp of Little Feather is creating quite a buzz in the Nashville community and beyond. “We are a spiritual band,” Liz continues. “We want to make people happy and help them forget about their worries for awhile. We’re talking about getting in a van to drive around and play for people from New York to California.”
If that sounds kind of Gypsy-ish and fun, then you get the point of Little Feather.