Black Horse Motel
Emily Arin, The Jersey Corn Pickers
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 21 and over
Black Horse Motel
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 the past year, Black Horse Motel has endured the turbulence of an impactful lineup change, managing to recreate sound and set-list. 2012 promises to be a defining year for the band as it looks to explore uncharted territory, already performing shows in Delaware, Connecticut and New York earlier this year.
With an EP recorded in early April, BHM will get back into the studio at the end of the summer to record its long awaited debut full-length LP.
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
With a plaintive, delicate voice, Montour Falls, New York's, Emily Arin weaves tales concerned with the heavy graces of being human. Working with noted producers, Brian McTear (Matt Pond PA, Sharon Van Etten) and Greg Weeks (Espers), Arin has crafted songs with a wide-ranging mix of influences, from Hank Williams and Memphis Minnie to Nick Drake, Caetano Veloso, Tom Waits, Sybille Baier and Gillian Welch on her debut studio album, Patch of Land, available January, 2011.
In her lyrics, Arin explores experiences where shadows and light converge and transformation is offered as a possibility. Whether autobiographical songs of love and longing, or third person waltzes and ballads (as in Patch of Land's 'Sweetly Breathe'), Arin's inventiveness with language and melody hold court.
The Jersey Corn Pickers
The Jersey Corn Pickers are a Philly area band that plays original and traditional, high energy bluegrass and Americana music. They are busy performing at clubs, coffee houses and festivals all over the northeast promoting their self-titled debut CD. They won the 2011 band competition at the Lehigh Valley Bluegrass Festival and have been selected to compete in 2012 band contest at the IBMA Event of the Year winner Podunk Bluegrass Festival. Their live shows are rowdy affairs that will put a smile on your face!
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