Artist Profile: A Thousand Horses
NAME: Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar/vocals), Graham DeLoach (bass/vocals).
HOMETOWN: Newberry, South Carolina.
SOUND: A commercial fusion of classic rock and country blues.
BIOGRAPHY: Michael Hobby and Bill Satcher grew up together in Newberry, South Carolina, and began writing songs together at the age of 15. Bill’s cousin, Graham DeLoach, would join them every summer and perform with the duo, leading to a friend introducing Zach Brown and the guys forming a band. They partnered with popular producer Dave Cobb to record and release their self-titled debut EP in August 2010 (or perhaps the album named them), under DGC/Interscope Records. The entire EP was recorded in six days in Silver Lake, California, and was well received.
One of the songs on the record, ‘Suicide Eyes’ was picked by director Craig Brewer to feature in the 2011 movie ‘Footloose’, starring Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald. Following that the band continued to work on their craft, playing around the country and writing with folks in their new home of Nashville.
At the Austin City Limits festival in 2014, they received distinct praise from Rolling Stone for being promising up-and-comers, and soon it was announced that they had signed with Republic Nashville, under Big Machine Label Group. Later that year they released their debut single ‘Smoke’, setting a record for the highest debut by a new act when it came in at #28 on radio in its first week. They quickly released a video for the track, directed by Peter Zavadil, and at time of writing the song is in the top 5 at radio. The band will release their debut full-length album ‘Southernality’ on June 10.
ALBUMS: A Thousand Horses EP (2010), Southernality (2015).
KEY TRACKS: Smoke (2014), Suicide Eyes (2010), Trailer Trashed, Tennessee Whiskey, Drunk Dial, A Thousand Horses (2010).
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