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 early April 2012, Black Horse Motel offered their first recording, in the form of 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 their 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. Black Horse Motel is currently preparing to record a new album in fall 2015.
2014 brought two new members to Black Horse Motel. Galen Fitzpatrick further reinforces the folk and singer/songwriter foundations of the group, while bringing an additional alt-country vibe to guitar and vocals. Ryann Lynch heightens the foot-stomping with backcountry and Celtic-sprinkled fiddle and has added an additional vocal, bringing the total to 5 singers in the band. Together with existing members David Richardson (banjo/mandolin/guitar/vocals), Megan Manning (drums/percussion/vocals), Desireé Haney (cello/keys/vocals), the group continues to hone their sound, expand their fanbase, and write new songs for their upcoming recording.
This summer, Black Horse Motel performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Xtreme Folk Festival in Telford, PA and the famed Philadelphia Folk Festival. The group has also performed at many of Philadelphia’s popular venues, including World Cafe Live, Kung Fu Necktie, Tin Angel, and Boot & Saddle. 2015 saw the group spreading their sound to the greater Philadelphia area, with performances in Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Phoenixville, New Hope, and Wilkes-Barre, as well as at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Union Hall in Brooklyn. 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.
Why are you called Black Horse Motel? Well, we’ll tell you here!
black horse motel is:
David Richardson – banjo, mandolin, keys, guitar, vocals
Megan Manning – drums, percussion, melodica, vocals
Desireé Haney – cello, keys, melodica, bells, vocals
Galen Fitzpatrick – guitar, vocals
Ryann Lynch – violin/fiddle, vocals
Appearing on Red Summer Spirit:
Josh Cradic – guitar, vocals
Johnell Lawrence – viola, violin