Gloucestershire-based Americana-duo, The Black Feathers, release Holy Water today, their first video and single to be taken from their eagerly awaited upcoming second album due for release in spring 2018.
Holy Water, is probably the duo’s most personal and revealing song to date; written following a deeply powerful performance in the chapel of a rehab facility for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in Nashville TN during their recent US tour – the extraordinary experience being made all the more poignant as it fell on the same day as Ray celebrated six years of sobriety.
The music industry has a long and difficult history with addiction. What starts out as an exciting and liberating experience – creative, even – can all too easily become an obsession, leading to a downward spiral of self-destructive behaviour and isolation. And whilst some, like Ray, are lucky enough to realise that they’re falling, others simply don’t see the ground coming, and then struggle to come to terms with what has happened.
“Many turn to God or religion at such times, but not everyone has that choice,” Ray explains. “Holy Water tries to highlight the fact that you don’t need to be religious to be ‘saved’”.
The Black Feathers UK Tour
Wed 6th – Clarks on Lindsay Street, Dundee, UK
Thu 7th – Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy, UK
Fri 8th – House Concert, Edinburgh, UK
Sat 9th – House Concert, Glasgow, UK
Sun 10th – Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham, UK
Tue 12th – Oporto, Leeds, UK
Wed 13th – The Running Horse, Nottingham, UK
Thu 14th – Stroud Subscription Rooms, Stroud, UK
Fri 15th – Cafe #9, Sheffield, UK
Sat 16th – Town Hall Live, Kirton In Lindsey, UK
Sun 17th – The Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK
Fri 22nd – Wingfield Barns, Eye, UK
Sat 23rd – The Sound Lounge, London, UK
Thu 28th – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, UK
Sat 30th – The Bear Club, Luton, UK
Fri 13th – Friends Meeting House, Oxford, UK
Sat 21st – The Railway, Winchester, UK
More details here: https://theblackfeathers.com/tour