Dead Horses

Hailing from the fertile land of Wisconsin, Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff met as youths who shared a similar sense of disenchantment after dropping out of college (and finding footing outside of their family’s evangelical rhetoric). Forging ahead on their own, acoustic instruments in hand, they haven’t looked back since meeting nearly a decade ago, and have traveled most of North American in the process.

First introduced on a national scale through tours with friends including Trampled by Turtles and Mandolin Orange, Dead Horses have performed on such legendary stages as Red Rocks Amphitheater, and at festivals from Northwest String Summit to Red Wing Roots, Red Ants Pants to Bristol Rhythm and Roots.

Known for frontwoman Vos’ “aching, haunting vocals” (No Depression) and “evocative, empathetic storytelling” (NPR Music), Dead Horses’ sound bridges indie folk and their own Midwestern approach to Americana. Lyrically, the band explores the human condition from personal musings to observations of the current American experience, taking notes from every person and city they meet along the road.

Their critically acclaimed third album, My Mother the Moon, earned profiles from Billboard to Noisey to Democracy Now!, spots in Folk Alley’s and No Depression's "Best Folk/Roots Albums of 2018" lists, and Rolling Stone Country declared them an "Artist You Need to Know."

And it seems word made its way to London, as The Who selected Dead Horses as one of a handful of U.S. bands to open for them on their symphonic Moving On! tour this fall.

Currently completing a residency at a monastery in Northern Wisconsin, Dead Horses are in the process of releasing a series of singles, including “Family Tapes” and “Mighty Storm,” which exemplify the duo’s intimate and dynamic approach to songwriting, but also experiment with ambient sounds and textures, which color an abstract landscape compared to 2018’s deeply realistic look at loss in My Mother the Moon.

Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me, this year’s debut from Raleigh singer-songwriter Kate Rhudy, reinterprets well-worn folk with a new vibrancy. “I’ve always written letters to people, and then never sent them,” Rhudy recalls, "Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me is the collection of those letters, journal entries—in all their glorious honesty." Rhudy, who grew up playing both classical violin and fiddlers' conventions, brought her collection of writings into the studio alongside producer Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange.

"The album sounds warm even in its loneliest moments. As you listen to Rhudy sing 'Someone once broke my heart by handing me a toothbrush,' you can’t help but feel close to her, you can’t help but feel that you’ve just made a friend."
-Ashleigh Phillips

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