Friday 8/29 – Show Cancelled

Bad news friends, David has come down with some serious Strep throat, so we regretfully have had to bow out of tonight’s Beta Hi-Fi finals at the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE.
Thank you to Beta Hi-fi and the World Cafe for having us and for making us semi-finalists!

Just as aside, this is our first show cancellation ever. Feels…weird. Sorry!

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Beta Hi-Fi Update: Round 1 – WON!


We were last night’s Beta Hi-fi Emerging Music Festival competition Round 1 winners at Wilmington’s World Cafe Live at the Queen! WOOOO!

We’ll be back in Wilmington this Friday, August 29 for the finals!

Friday, August 29
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
FREE! All Ages!

Audience draw and response count towards our score!

Calling all horseheads to come out on Friday and help us take this home!

Round 2 – FIGHT!

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Beta Hi-fi Competition – Tomorrow night!

We snagged a last minute spot in this year’s Beta Hi-fi Emerging Music Festival competition at Wilmington’s World Cafe Live at the Queen! We need your support this Tuesday to help us advance to Friday’s finals!

Tuesday, August 26
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
BHM on @ 10pm
FREE! All Ages!

Things to know about beta hi-fi:

  • 4 bands play each night from Monday 8/25 – Thursday 8/28
  • One winner is chosen each night
  • 4 winning artists return on Friday 8/29 for the final showdown
  • Winner gets tons of prizes – including press & studio time

Audience response and attendance count, so we are asking you to come on out!

We know it’s last minute, but it would mean a lot to us if we could see your faces and hear your voices!

If we win on Tuesday, we’ll be back on Friday for the finals. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Wilmington beta hi-fi website
Since its opening in 2011, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware has continued the beta hi fi tradition started in Philadelphia eight years ago. The free week-long music festival held this year from August 25 – 29 features some of the region’s cream of the musical crop and provides a platform for the Wilmington area’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to be heard by local radio DJs like Mark Rogers, music bloggers like WXPN’s John Vettese, publications like Out and About Magazine, show promoters like Gable Music Ventures, label reps like Jade Tree’s Darren Walters and fans alike. Each year, 20 bands are selected from a batch of over 200 submissions and offered the opportunity to stand out among the rest by performing engaging original songs. A winning band is selected each night based on various judging criteria including showmanship, stage presence, professionalism, creativity, audience appeal, and ability to draw a crowd. These winners then progress to the finals held on August 29th to prove who’s got what it takes to win some tasty prize packages from Disc Makers, Rainbow Books and Music, the Dewey Beach Music Conference and way more. The Queen’s past beta hi fi winners include Lititz, PA’s The Districts, who have since gone on to grab loads of attention nationwide and get themselves signed to record label Fat Possum and Paradigm booking agency; they will be performing on WXPN’s Xponential Music Festival’s main stage this summer.

Hope to see you there!

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Summer Recap

Ok, clearly this summer was an amazing time for us. We played Musikfest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and set a new personal record for shows per hour by playing three shows in under 28 hours (that’s 1/10th of a show per hour, for fraction lovers). We’ve also been putting together some new music for you and trying them out at shows along the way. More great music will be forthcoming. You’ll just have to wait for it.

Now I’d like to move on to a subject near and dear to all of us here at the Black Horse Motel stables…

♞   Boots!   ♞


If you’ve never experienced a boot, let me sum the concept up by saying its like your shoes fell in love with the legs of your pants. The entire band wears them and we’re oddly attuned to other people’s boot choices too.


And now for the in-depth BHM boot preference analysis you’ve always wanted:

Galen: I favor the browns in a square ended harness boot or a more rounded oxford toe. I also like a stitched welt. Glued on soles never seem to live up to my abuse.
Megan: Floats between oxford/wingtips in shades of brown and classic black. But she will always have a place in her heart for good ‘ol classic Dr. Marten’s.
Dave: Favors black as of late (it’s easier to find a Sharpie to fix marks) Recently switched to a pair of riding boots with a pointier toe. He still has a pair of no-socks busted up brown ones that you can sometimes catch on a warm weather Sunday
Des: Blacks and grays with laces. Heights vary. Des most likely owns the most boots in the band. If that’s not true, she’s done a good job of making them look new to me.
Ryann: Has lately been rocking a set of tan, slouchy, ankle cowboys. This will be our first band autumn with Ryann, so more boot research will be conducted. Findings to be published at a later time…or never.

Does this band love broguing? Why, yes! Stick some little holes in the tips of my boots and I’m in heaven.


Since my bulldog ate my Frye boots, I’m searching (see above…sigh)


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Philly Folk Fest Schedule – Friday 8/15

It’s almost here! We are nearly coming out of our skins with excitement about playing the 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival!
WXPN’s The Key named us one of 6 local artists not to miss at this year’s Fest!

Friday, August 15th

Lobby Stage – 4:45pm
This is our MAIN SET at the Folk Fest. 30 minutes. All killer, no filler. Don’t be late.
Our set is part of the Philadelphia Music Co-op Showcase from 2pm-6pm. Six great Philly-local bands. See you there!

Merch Tent – 6pm-6:20pm
Meet & Greet! Come say hello! Also, if you got one of the “golden ticket” stickers Ryann will be handing out, bring it here AT THIS TIME to redeem your prize.

Cultural Tent – 6:40pm
Backstage Sessions – A great way to celebrate the spirit of the Fest! Each act plays three songs, two with other artists in a “rolling review” format:
1. “Marguerita” with Rebecca Loebe
2. “Broken Crown” – a BRAND NEW Black Horse Motel song ***Hear it here first!***
3. “Angel from Montgomery” with SONiA of Disappear Fear

All of our musical endeavors are happening on Friday, but most of the band will be at the festival for the weekend. Come find us and we’ll trade stories and share a beer!

See you at the fest!
- Megan

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