Black Horse Motel, New Sweden, The Gallerist

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 BHM as it looks to explore uncharted territory, already booking shows in Delaware, Connecticut and New York.

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

New Sweden has been sharing their unique flavor of Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock with the greater Philadelphia region since forming in late 2009. The 5-piece outfit molds their sound using a blend of traditional folk instruments (viola, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, pump organ, bass, percussion) with a modern twist and energetic live performance. The lyrics are sincere, complex, and powerful; sure to speak to any listener willing to lend an ear.

2011 has been a great year for New Sweden; the recording and release of their first studio record, "The Mountain" (Recording Engineer Nick DiDia, Producer Ritchie Rubini) stands out as an exciting milestone and huge success to date, but not to be overlooked were: sharing the stage with the likes of The Felice Brothers, Kevin Devine, James McMurty, and all artists at the 2011 WXPN NON-COMM Convention, radio appearances on Philadelphia's WXPN and Wilmington's WSDW, competing with local Philadelphia artists and ultimately winning the Beta-Hi-Fi Emerging Artist Competition, and a whole slew of other shows along the away.

In less than two years as a group, New Sweden has built a strong, loyal fan base in the Philadelphia/Wilmington region through a relentless live performance and undeniable connection with all types of audiences. Support for the band has been evident with over 1,000 albums sold independently, packing the World Cafe Live's Queen Theater to capacity for "The Mountain" record release party, and consistent growth of followers through Facebook, Twitter, and newswedenmusic.com.

So what's in store for 2012? New Sweden will continue to support their new release, "The Mountain" through East Coast U.S. tours, local performances, and radio appearances. A new batch of songs is already in the works and recording of an LP will likely take place early in the year. Also, keep an eye out for new online video content, raw New Sweden-produced home studio recordings, and a live concert album.

The Gallerist

Described as singers of "folk micro‐anthems" by Boston Band Crush, The Gallerist tell tales of hope despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Pulling from a varied musical experience and executed with adept instrumentation, A Falling Waltz moves effortlessly between genres, from straightforward folk to haunting blues to foot‐stomping rock.

$10.00 - $12.00

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