Ralph Waldo Emerson. Diesel. Morning glories. AM radio. These all influence Iowa acoustic roots trio The Feralings, as do the gently sloping landscapes of the Iowa countryside and the sound of tornado sirens squealing and the rumble of trucks on I-80. Their songwriting reflects parenthood, friendship, imperfection, magic, and a big love for storytelling, as well as the folk, bluegrass, jazz, alt-country, Americana, gospel, and roots that form each member’s musical DNA.
In the late 90’s Patrick Bloom (guitar, upright bass, vocals) cut his teeth in the critically acclaimed Iowa roots bands The Mayflies and The Letterpress Opry, and by the early aughts progressed to producing records and releasing several noteworthy solo albums. Also during the early aughts, Nicole Upchurch (clawhammer banjo, guitar, vocals) and Benj Upchurch (mandolin, vocals, charming smiles) moved to Iowa by way of Montana, hauling their charisma, humor, and a busload of instruments behind them. Nicole, being the blacksheep banjo player in a family of accomplished jazz musicians, joined Iowa's all-female quintet, Awful Purdies, and Benj, having worked as a luthier at Weber Mandolins back West, decided to put aside building mandolins and started playing one. Eventually gravity pulled them together with Stacy Webster of The Mayflies and Winterland (guitar, vocals), and in 2012 The Feralings were born.
In May of 2012 The Feralings released Corn Crib Demo, a three song EP recorded in an honest-to-god corn crib in the muggy, buggy Iowa countryside, with multiple dogs and pigs coming and going as they pleased. In 2013 the band began recording a full length album in Bloom’s basement, but unfortunately due to a series of technical, medical, emotional, tactical, familial, geographical, and Murphy’s-Law-ical events, the recording was forced to exist in the ether for several years. In 2017 Webster left the band and Bloom took over guitar responsibilities, as the remaining trio worked to bring a pile of new material into the band and wrap the long-awaited album.
A new album will be released later in 2018, and in the meanwhile The Feralings continue to perform, traveling a vast musical landscape, giving intimate, stirring performances, and telling their stories to the world.