this weekend’s shows – Philly & Phoenixville, PA

Friday, 2/27 – Philly
Franky Bradley’s – 1320 Chancellor St (where SISTERS used to be)
8pm, $10, Tickets Here

Lineup: Wild Orphan, BHM / DJ Skinny White is spinning the afterparty

Saturday, 2/28 – Phoenixville, PA
Steel City Coffeehouse – 203 Bridge St, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460
8pm, $12-$15, Tickets Here

Lineup: Paige Allbritton, Forlorn Strangers, BHM

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Horse Shit #1

Welcome to the first installment of Horse Shit! A new chapter in Black Horse Motel posting where I (David Richardson) will go back and review my old demos, and mercilessly tear them apart and make fun of myself. This month’s installment is dedicated to my sad little 20 year old self. The demo is called “You Had Me”. It’s important to note that my good friend Kate Ritchie would let me spend hours in her room using her computer and GarageBand to record these shitty little demos. “You Had Me” is a perfect example of the “woe is me” style of playing and writing I was into at the time. What a sap!

The first thing I think of is how much I miss those days…ahh nostalgia! The intro is actually kinda pretty, I can’t believe it, but I’m kinda diggin’ this.
00:22 On your mark, get set, aaaand…terrible vocals. Wow, that’s super bad. It sounds like a chorus of whiney, tired birds. I was way too lazy back then. If a harmony part was super out of tune, that’s the way it stayed. Eww. Also what the hell am I talking about? I’m going to guess this is about my first ex, because the time period fits and what the hell else would it be about Apparently she had me and the all. Whats the all? Is it my awesome personality? Yeah, that’s probably what it is.
00:38 I used to think I had an awesome falsetto, I don’t. I used that mouse voice all the time.
00:56 That was a nice harmony, thank goodness there are some good things here.
01:28 This build is kind cool…Oh wait no it isn’t, what does it even build to? Nothing, that’s what.
01:47 Here comes the sad depressing call and response.
01:47 Kinda dig the back up harmonies though.
Here’s that build to nowhere again, I guess I said to myself “Hey self, let’s do a build on guitar that gets more intense little by little” and then my second self said “Hey, that sounds cool and then it can build and build and turn into like this big harmony part with more rhythm and instrumentation”. But then my first self was like “or it can drop off into whiney out of tune horse shit that sounds terrible! Yeah, let’s do that instead!”

Ok all in all not my worst considering my age, but still pretty bad, hope everyone enjoyed this glimpse into my terrible sappy 20 year old self. Believe me when I say there is plenty more where that came from.

- David

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Help Us Get to Spain, Por Favor!

Hard Rock Cafe is holding a worldwide battle of the bands for a grand prize of playing the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival for 60,000 fans! Of course, Black Horse Motel has entered because…expense paid trip to Spain! 60,000 people! Fame! Fortune! Glory! Matadors! Tapas! Ol√©!

Here’s how it works: Artists with the most buzz & votes in each region will compete in local live battles. Ultimately, the top five bands (one from each region) will be flown to Barcelona, Spain.

Here’s where you come in: We need your votes!

Please, please follow the link below and vote for us. Just 3 clicks, that’s it!


We appreciate all your help and your continued support! Gracias, amigos!


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NPR Tiny Desk Contest

Last month, NPR and Bob Boilen’s famous Tiny Desk Concert put out an open call, inviting unsigned bands to film their own tiny desk video for a chance to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in NY and at the Couch Trippin’ to Austin show in Austin, TX.

We recorded this version of “Broken Crown” for our submission. Please check it out below!

BONUS! There exists a YouTube playlist of all the Philly entries here!

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House Concerts are AWESOME (you should host one)

First, BUSINESS. How have you not figured out that we’re playing this weekend at Boot and Saddle? Boot and Saddle is one of my favorite venues in Philadelphia. The sound is great, the taps are great, the room is great. It’s better than your place, so get out this weekend and come see us!

Picture of show poster

Now, speaking of your place… I’d like to formally apologize for suggesting that your place wasn’t up to par. (Why the hell do I even use that phrase? I hate golf.) At any rate, you’ve bought our CDs so I’m sure you already know that we sound great in your house. You’ve probably closed your eyes and listened to us on your multi-million dollar sound device and thought, oh my god, it’s like they’re really right here with me. When we record we’re definitley pretending we’re there with you. Thanks for the drink by the way, it was really nice of you to offer, and we love what you’ve done with the place since the last time we were here. Is that a new lamp?

Anyway, long enough ago that I’m (almost) embarrassed to be writing about it this late, we played a house concert for the Extreme Folk Scene. It’s absolutely one of the best nights I’ve ever had playing music. House concerts are fantastic. The room is always great, with a real focus on the comfort of the audience and the band is right there. Stories about how close you were to the band at the stadium are ridiculous by comparison. The show is exactly the right length, and you get to have your best friends around you for what is ultimately a private show.

My point is, house concerts are great. If you’ve never been to one I highly suggest contacting Extreme Folk Scene as they host a series of them. If you already know that you love house concerts, I suggest you step up and host one. If you’d like us to play at said house concert, and let’s face it, that’s why I’m telling you how amazing they are, I suggest you contact us at


from the Glenside House Concerts website


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