‘Catch of the Day’ – A Thousand Horses – “Preachin’ To The Choir” [AUDIO]
Today we turn our focus to a group that seemingly came out of nowhere at the beginning of 2015 to take their debut single to the top of the country charts. A group who definitely bring a southern rock swagger, as well as the look, to country music.
Formed in Newberry, SC, A Thousand Horses started out as a pair of high school friends, Michael Hobby and Bill Satcher, who met while checking out guitars at a local music story. The pair got together to jam and write songs, soon adding Sadler's cousin Graham DeLoach to the fray, who joined them while visiting from his home in Georgia. Chemistry among the trio was apparent from the start, and it didn't take long before they were packing their bags and heading to Nashville. After arriving in music city, the trio was introduced to guitarist Zach Brown (no, not that Zac Brown), who joined on to complete the group.
The band played around Nashville, while writing their own music and sitting in with other writers to hone their songwriting skills. In 2009 they got the attention of Interscope Records, who signed them to Los Angeles to work with producer Dave Cobb. Six days after entering the studio to record, their self-titled debut album was complete. The album was released on August 17, 2010, and while it didn't feature any singles, it did catch the attention of Craig Brewer, director of the 2011 remake of the movie Footloose. Brewer selected the song "Suicide Eyes" from the album to use on the movie's soundtrack.
In 2014, the band was selected to play the Austin City Limits festival, where Rolling Stone hailed the band as their best up-and-coming group at the festival. Soon after they entered the studio to record their second album. The lead single, their debut single, 2015's "Smoke" set the record for the highest debut by a new act in Billboard Country Single chart history, when it debuted at #28 on January 24, 2015. When the song went to #1, they became the first group to hit the #1 spot with their debut single since The Zac Brown did it with "Chicken Fried" in 2006. The song was the lead single to their second album Southernality, which was released in June the same year, peaking at #3 on the albums chart.
They have been back in the studio, working on an as of yet unnamed third album, and the lead single from that project is in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash, A Thousand Horses and "Preachin' to The Choir" is our Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll wanna hear it again.
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