When A Thousand Horses were chosen by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best up-and-coming band of the 2014 Austin City Limits Festival, it was the latest in a long line of honours for the band.
Hailing from the Southern states of the US, their sound is reminiscent of a cross between the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and “Exile on Main Street”-era Rolling Stones – wrapped up in modern country. Their album “Southernality” is as wild, uninhibited and powerful as you would expect from the band’s name.
The origins of A Thousand Horses show parallels with the stories of many other bands: Bill Satcher and Michael Hobby attended high school together in South Carolina, and Satcher’s cousin, Graham Deloach, visited them every summer to make music. When a mutual friend introduced them to Zach Brown, the band was (almost) complete.
The signs of something special were there from an early stage. Michael Hobby knew mega-songwriter Desmond Child (KISS, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith), who provided a contact to the Interscope label.
After only two test gigs in Nashville they suddenly had a recording contract, a management team and a booking agency.
But the dream was soon over and the contract was cancelled before an album was released: “We took the whole summer off. We didn’t play a note or write any new songs – we just had to process what had happened.”
A request to use their song “Suicide Eyes” in the remake of “Footloose” turned their fortunes around, and that elusive recording contract finally materialised, too; their album “Southernality” was released on Big Machine Label Group.