25 January, 2018Print
Dead Horses' Raw + Revelatory Album 'My Mother The Moon' Out April 6Announce Spring Headline Tour
On Dead Horses’ new album ‘My Mother the Moon’ (out April 6), lead singer/songwriter Sarah Vos writes her own gospel. Utilizing the raw, understated intimacy that drove the 4-piece to the height of Wisconsin’s burgeoning music scene, she offers an intricate case study on catharsis and redemption at a time when both are in short supply - stories of human nature, of working class men and women in rural America, and a fearless examination of her own spirituality.
Listen to poignant first track “Swinger in the Trees” here, featured today at Billboard.
Raised in a strict religious household, Vos and her family lost everything when they were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had served as a longtime pastor. The reason: her siblings were struggling with mental illness, notably her brother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and later institutionalized. ‘My Mother the Moon’ is her unflinching response to this coming of age experience, questioning everything from the state of healthcare to religious hypocrisy to Vos’ own experience with homelessness - cutting politics back down to its personal core.
Produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), ‘My Mother the Moon’ was recorded live in Nashville with double bassist and founding member Daniel Wolff. Combining modern folk and gospel-like hymns, the album’s 10 original tracks recall the work of deft songwriting elders Joni Mitchell or Gillian Welch - oscillating between sweeping orchestration, achingly sparse finger picking and old-school bluegrass romps.
‘My Mother the Moon’ is available for pre-order here.
After cultivating a die-hard following in their local touring circuit, Dead Horses officially burst onto the Wisconsin music scene with their 2016 release ‘Cartoon Moon’. The album earned them overwhelming regional praise - including 3 category wins at last year’s Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards - as well as national attention, with American Songwriter calling Vos “a compelling vocalist...who carries every tune with her husky, deeply emotional tone that feels lived in and real.”
The band kicks off their own extensive headline tour this spring, but will first make stops at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival on Jan 26, Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Feb 24, and SXSW in March. See their first round of tour dates below.
Dead Horses Tour Dates:
Mar 29 - Appleton, WI – OuterEdge Stage
Mar 30 - Viroqua, WI - The Ark
Apr 4 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
Apr 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo Back Room
Apr 6 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
Apr 7 - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
Apr 8 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
Apr 11 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939
Apr 12 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Apr 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Apr 14 - Washington, DC – Songbyrd
Apr 15 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage (w/ M. Ward, The Sea The Sea)
Apr 18 - Athens, GA - The Foundry
Apr 19 - Nashville, TN - High Watt
Apr 20 - Asheville, NC - Ambrose West
Apr 21 - Ocala, FL - Reilly Arts Center
Apr 22 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Arts
Apr 23 - Tampa, FL – Straz Center
Apr 24 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s
Apr 25 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
Apr 26 - Athens, TN - Sue E Trotter Black Box Theater
Apr 27 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Back Room (co-headline w/ Front Country)
Apr 28 - Wilkesboro, NC - MerleFest
Apr 29 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (w/ Mandolin Orange)
May 1 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
May 2 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
May 3 - Frederick, MD - The Weinberg Center for the Arts
May 30-Jun 2 – Morgantown, IN – John Hartford Music Festival
May 31 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Jul 12-15 – Navarro, CA – Redwood Ramble Festival
Jul 19-22 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit