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Bonnaroo Features Several Nashville Bands -- Sky Arnold

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The Wild Feathers got their start like a lot of Nashville bands.

Singer Ricky Young met his future bandmates while gigging around Nashville.
"We wanted to be this group of people that were multiple singers multiple writers," said Young.

Thursday afternoon Young's sound was on display for a much wider audience.

The Wild Feathers are among a large contingent of bands from the Nashville area playing Bonnaroo.
"It's incredible.  It's a dream we've all had since I was a little kid to play in front front of crowds like this," said Young.

There are at least 15 bands on the Bonnaroo schedule with Nashville ties.

Festival founder Ashley Capps says it only makes sense to book local acts.

"Tapping into all the great performers who live and work in Nashville is really a no brainer," said Capps.

Another local band playing Bonnaroo is the Weeks.

The band moved to Nashville from Mississippi for reasons you wouldn't expect.

"Chicago was too cold Austin was too hot," said Sam Williams.

Williams and his bandmates played a Thursday evening show at Bonnaroo.
They view the festival as a good opportunity to reach fans that may never see them otherwise.
"This festival more than any other festival people go to find new music rather than I'm going to see the headliners," said Williams.

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