A Thousand Horses is an American country music group formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band is composed of Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar and vocals), and Graham Deloach (bass and vocals). Their first EP, A Thousand Horses, was released under Interscope Records in 2010. In 2014, the band signed with Republic Nashville of Big Machine Label Group and released its first single "Smoke", which set a record for the highest debut by a new act when it opened at number 28 on the Country Aircheck radio chart.
Michael Hobby and Bill Satcher grew up in Newberry, South Carolina, where they began writing songs at the age of 15. Satcher's cousin and Savannah, GA native, Graham DeLoach, joined the duo soon after. A friend eventually introduced Atlanta native Zach Brown, and A Thousand Horses was formed. They would later come to add Brian Purwin on keys and violin. Brian previously played with respectable acts such as Jounce and The Sound Device, who would go on to become Adapter. The name "A Thousand Horses" came from a song on their first EP. They enjoy writing their own original songs, but they occasionally collaborate with other writers around Nashville. They have toured nationwide and released their full-length album, Southernality, on January 21, 2015.
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Their debut album, A Thousand Horses, was released on August 17, 2010, under DGC/Interscope Records. It was recorded in just six days in Silver Lake, CA with producer Dave Cobb.
The song "Suicide Eyes" off of the album was featured in the movie Footloose starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough. The director, Craig Brewer, found the song and knew that it fit the vibe for the movie.
For their performance at the Austin City Limits festival in 2014, Rolling Stone hailed the band as the best up-and-comer praising their "undeniable energy and stage presence [and] their live performance."
Southernality is A Thousand Horses' second album, though it is the first under Republic Nashville. The first single, "Smoke", has charted on Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs, reaching Number One on the former chart, making A Thousand Horses the first country group to chart a Number One debut single since the Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" reached Number One in December 2008. Reviews have been generally positive commending their smooth vocals, lyrics, and blend of country and rock. The album's second single, "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial" released to country radio on June 29, 2015. The album's third single, the title track released to country radio on February 29, 2016.
A Thousand Horses self-identifies as a hybrid of English rock, country, American rock, soul, and blues. Their sound mimics Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, the Black Crowes, and the Rolling Stones in the context of modern country. Hobby's songwriting is rooted in such greats as Dwight Yoakam, Tom Petty, and Noel Gallagher.
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