New Shirts!

Summer fashions coming your way! We’ve got two brand new shirts to enhance your wardrobe!

Available at shows, starting today 7/10/15, and online at our MERCH STORE!

Close up:

A nod to our home town team! Show your Folk and Philly pride! Soft pretzels, wooder ice, cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches…don’t YOUS want one?!

A low contrast BHM tee. For those who want to support, but not scream it from the rooftops.
The design is an original sketch by Kevin Boylan, featured on the inside panel and disc of our 2013 release, Red Summer Spirit.

Take Me to Your Store!

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July 10-11 Coatesville, PA & Mays Landing, NJ

Friday, July 10, 2015
Friday Night Lights
ChesLen Preserve – 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville, PA 19320
8pm, 21+ only

Free beer from Victory Brewing Company! Free Wine from Borderland Vineyard! Free snacks!

TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLY! You cannot pay at the door. There are only 84 tickets left (out of 450)! Get yours here: or or call 610-353-5587.
NLT members: $15 per adult. Non-members $25 per adult.

Saturday, July 11
NOFA-NJ Music Fest
Benefits New Jersey farmers!
127 Park Ave, Mays Landing, NJ

Tickets $20 here: or CASH ONLY at the door.

Music starts at 2pm. We go on at 7pm!

Hope to see you this weekend!

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Triumph Brewing Co New Hope Friday!

Two of our FAVORITE things – music & beer!

Join us and Jeremiah Tall this Friday at Triumph Brewing Co in New Hope, PA

Plus, we will be celebrating birthdays for our wonderful cellist, Desiree, and her husband, Chris!

Happy birthday, Desiree!

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We will also be joined by Equality Pennsylvania!
Equality PA is building support for the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, a bill that (if passed) would finally protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the work place! As it stands PA is one of 29 states in which you can still legally be fired based on your sexual orientation, and is one of 32 states in which you can still legally be fired based on gender identity. The Pennsylvania Fairness Act would put an end to this discrimination.

Friday June 19, 10pm
Triumph Brewing Co New Hope
400 Union Square Dr, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938
$5 cover at door
Lineup: Black Horse Motel, Jeremiah Tall

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Summer Tour Dates!

It’s here! Sunshine, sweating, al fresco dining, sugary tropical drinks, viscous humidity, IPAs/pilsners/kolsches, sunburn, public partial nudity………SUMMER!

This year, we’ve got an exciting, packed schedule with lots of festivals, outdoor shows, and a few free ones too! Check out our dates below and mark your calendars!

This weekend, we are kicking it off with the Xtreme Folk Festival (aka Xfest) at the County Creek Winery in Telford, PA! The festival runs Friday June 12-Saturday June 13 with camping, food, music, vendors, fun and friends.

BHM’s set is 5pm on Saturday

Get your tickets here!

Lineup :
Full Frontal Folk
Spuyten Duyvil
Burning Bridget Cleary
Jersey Corn Pickers
Adam Brodsky
Th1e Wallace Brothers
Black Horse Motel
Dirty Daze Quartet
Jason Ager
Electric Man

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What should I put in that cup?

A picture of a tree

From Wikepedia's Great Article

Ok, so last time I told you about a friggin’ cup. I know you want to hear about gear, but I’m just not ready to nerd out on you that hard yet. First I need to preach to you the gospel of slippery elm.

Slippery Elm, or Ulmus rubra for those with a monocle, is a tree that grows in North America. It’s awesome for many reasons. It’s a big tree, and those are always nice to see, especially living in a city. It’s a shady tree, and this summer is set out to be a doozy. None of that, however, is why slippery elm makes an appearance in the tack shop today. No my friends, it is here in the tack shop because of a special quality it’s bark possesses. Namely, if you add a little hot water, the bark turns completely gross. Slimy, puffy, just disgusting really.

Wow, still reading… ok, I wasn’t really expecting that. (I was.) The big benefit of this gross mess is how well it soothes a sore throat. I’ve tried slippery elm in several formats and the best way to use it I’ve found is tea. I keep a set of lozenges in my carry first aid kit (ooh, another post there, for sure) but the tea is really the cure all. I use Traditional Medicinals: Throat Coat. Aside from their wonderful story about how down home folksy people in Kentucky, who are not at all meant to conjure up images of moonshiners, the tea claims to be sustainably harvested. This is a big deal, because harvesting this bark kills the tree, so… be sustainable about it.

Moonshiner... ahem... Slippery Elm Harvester

They go ahead and mix in some other flavors along with the slippery elm to make a tea that’s spicy, warm, and once you get passed the initial “holy crap, am I drinking someone’s saliva” moment, you’ll notice your vocal chords sing their gratitude back to you.

PRO TIP: This tea takes forever to steep. 15 minutes. Don’t skimp it. They tell you to squeeze the tea bag, too. Squeeze it till it squeals. That’s where the slippery elm is.

I drink a contigo full before the show. I bring another one up on stage with me, and then I drink another after the set is done. I drink two cups in the morning. I drink two cups at night. I drink two cups in the afternoon; it makes me feel alright. I drink two cups, in time of peace, and two in time of war. I drink two cups before I drink two cups, and then I drink two more.

I'm dissapointed in my Google Image search for slimy disgusting

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