A Thousand Horses Offers a Fresh Sound on ‘Smoke’

A Thousand Horses Smoke
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Country newcomers A Thousand Horses first made waves at CMA Fest in 2013 when they were dubbed one of the best acts of the weekend. They rounded out a successful 2014 by being named one of USA Today’s Nashville Artists to watch in 2015. They release their firs single to national country radio today entitled “Smoke.” 

With just one listen you’ll likely find yourself singing along by the final chorus. The bands crisp sound is frighteningly refreshing – something that’s becoming hard to find within the genre. They possess a sound unlike anything making it’s way across country radio. “Smoke” offers a significantly different sound then their most recognizable single “Suicide Eyes” which was featured in the 2011 remake of the movie Footloose. They’ve dropped the big guitars and overpowering drums and replaced them with female backup singers and Black Crowes style guitar riffs. In doing so their voices have been mixed higher offering a good listen at just how well the group can harmonize together.

The song serves as a metaphor for a girl that the group just can’t quit – a theme that is by no means new to country music. However, A Thousand Horses places a different spin on it,  “Can’t stop her once you start, she’s smoke,” sings lead singer Michael Hobby at the opening of each chorus. Overall, it’s a song that brilliantly showcases one of the most talented young country groups.