The Bluegrass Situation Presents...
Black Horse Motel, Former Belle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Milwaukee-based folk band Dead Horses have cultivated a soulful roots sensibility beyond their years due to the powerful literary and musical force that is front-woman and songwriter, Sarah Vos.
Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Vos' backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Despite their youth, Vos & collaborative artist and bassist Daniel Wolff have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by early-American prose as it is modern Americana music.
"Wisconsin Band To Watch in 2017," Dead Horses tour tirelessly with heavy pickers and players in tow, including Ryan Ogburn on mandolin (Buffalo Gospel, Chicken Wire Empire) and Jamie Gallagher on drums (Andreas Kapsalis Trio).
From ballrooms to festivals Dead Horses have performed with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, and Elephant Revival, as well as on mainstages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, WinterWonderGrass, Americana Music Festival, and Red Ants Pants.
Back in Wisconsin, Dead Horses swept the 2017 WAMI Awards taking home "Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist," "Best Female Vocalist," and their September 2016 release "Cartoon Moon" won "Best Album of the Year." Produced by and featuring Ken Coomer on drums (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), "Cartoon Moon" has been recognized as a masterful achievement from a band that has come into its own.
Black Horse Motel
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.
Since its start in the winter of 2010, Former Belle has taken on many different outfits, all led by frontman, Bruno Catrambone. The project self-released a full band EP entitled Sounds From The Ground. Former Belle backed their first release with multiple regional tours as well as a five-week European tour. This helped to shape the project into its new-found home of both full band and solo performances. After a year-long break while Catrambone pursued his other project, CRUISR, Bruno’s downtime between tours, as well as writing on the road, led him to collect new songs mixed with revisited old material to form a new EP out on April 8th on Randm Records.