“Take singer-songwriter narrative scene-driven songs; insert a blending of male and female vocals resulting in smooth strengthening harmonies. Then, enrich the entire musical experience with clean sets of strings that hover above the threshold that lies between classical and rustic Americana.” – Michael Colavita, The Deli Magazine
Since its inception in 2008, Philadelphia-based Americana band Black Horse Motel has managed to conjure up a sound that speaks clearly to its versatility. Drawing on traditional Eastern and Western folk roots, classical training, and an affinity for unifying harmonies, this kindred troupe finds their voice through earthy songs, stories that recount poignantly the details of their inspiration. The foundation, the pages upon which these stories find life, is laid by a mélange of instruments (cello, banjo, guitar, viola/violin, percussion, mandolin, melodica) that render this quintet’s sound dexterous, accessible and mercurial.
In 2011 Black Horse Motel began to see the fruits of their doggedness come to bear, highlighted by a second place finish in the Music-a-live! Philly band competition hosted by the Legendary Dobb’s. Performing at many of Philadelphia’s top venues (North Star Bar, Dobb’s, World Cafe Live, The Fire), BHM started to demand the attention of casual fan and industry professional alike.
Looking to build on the momentum of 2011, Black Horse Motel endured the turbulence of an impactful lineup change, managing to recreate sound and set-list. 2012 proved to be a defining year for the band as it explored uncharted territory, performing shows in Delaware, Connecticut and New York.
With a four-song EP recorded in early April, BHM headed back into the studio at the end of 2012 to record its long awaited debut full-length LP, entitled Red Summer Spirit. With the LP finished and set to release on March 1st of this year, 2013 promises to be, if nothing else, a productive year for the band.
black horse motel is:
David Richardson – banjo, mandolin, keys, guitar, vocals
Josh Cradic – guitar, vocals
Megan Manning – drums, percussion, melodica, vocals
Desiree Haney – cello, keys, melodica, bells, vocals
Johnell Lawrence – viola, violin