Philadelphia-based Americana band Black Horse Motel conjures a sound that draws on traditional folk roots, along with many other influences, and ties it together with unifying vocal harmonies. Songs are built on the foundations of folk music, but are elevated by an infectious blend of the traditional banjo and mandolin, with guitars, strings, drums and voices. The resulting sound is dexterous, rich, accessible and toe-tapping.
In 2012, Black Horse Motel offered their first recording; a four-song self-titled EP. In the fall of 2013, on the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign, BHM teamed up with Ron DiSilvestro and Forge Recording in Oreland, PA to record its long awaited debut full-length LP, Red Summer Spirit. The record released on March 1, 2013 to a sold-out crowd at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia and is now available through many major online outlets.
The group has performed at many of Philadelphia’s popular venues, including World Cafe Live, Kung Fu Necktie, Tin Angel, Milkboy Coffee, Boot & Saddle, and Underground Arts. This summer, they performed at the 2014 Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA and the famed Philadelphia Folk Festival. Members of BHM have individually shared the stage with: Regina Spektor, The Dresden Dolls, Hammel On Trial, Myke Hideous from The Misfits, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Marshall Tucker Band, Hackensaw Boys, and Cabinet and played the Warped Tour, Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA), Del Fest (MD), Floyd Fest (VA), Musikfest (PA), and Bucks County Bluegrass Festival (PA). Black Horse Motel has been featured as live performers on several radio programs, including Gene Shay’s Folk Show on WXPN, Folkadelphia on XPN2, and Y-Not Radio. Songs from their recorded works have also been featured on the previously listed stations and Delaware’s WSTW Hometown Heroes show.
2014 brought two new members to the group. Galen Fitzpatrick has taken over guitar and vocals, and Ryann Lynch is now providing fiddle and has added an additional vocal. Together with existing members David Richardson, Megan Manning, Desireé Haney, the group is looking to tour, record and expand their fanbase in 2014. [+]