On their forthcoming full-length release, Cartoon Moon, the Milwaukee-based trio Dead Horses offer listeners their fresh, insightful take on folk music along with lyrical parallels to American writers like Whitman and Steinbeck. Out September 30, 2016, their third collection of songs features ruminations on loneliness, existence, love and meaning.
Produced by Ken Coomer (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco), Cartoon Moon sounds comfortable yet remains modern. Vocalist and songwriter Sarah Vos’ trademark take on timeless American prose mixes with the sweet sounds of Peter Raboin’s mandolin and guitar, Daniel Wolff’s double bass and Coomer’s drums (as well as organ, banjo, and harmonium), to create a cozy, enveloping experience – the album feels like a good night spent on a favorite front porch.
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While the first single draws lyrical comparisons to Whitman, Vos’ vocals on tracks like “Brothers” and “Ain’t Got Time,” recall Delta soul that might sound fitting sung on one of Twain’s river voyages. Raboin’s mandolin shines on “In the Morning,” leading into “Peace My Soul,” which could be straight from the mouths of one of Steinbeck’s migrants during the Dust Bowl.
The band has traversed much of America after the release of their sophomore album Space and Time in 2014. They’ve made their way through ballrooms and festivals across the country, performing with Trampled by Turtles and Elephant Revival, as well as on main stages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Americana Music Festival and Red Ants Pants. At one such fateful festival, Dead Horses piqued the interest of Coomer, who later invited the band to his studio to record their latest album.
The trio, who now tours with drummer Lemmy Hayes, originally hails from a small Wisconsin town made famous by a pair of overalls (OshKosh B’Gosh). Since their formation in 2010, Dead Horses have cultivated a roots sensibility well beyond their years, in part because of powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman and songwriter. Raised on Bible hymns by her preacher father, Vos’ gospel influences are clearly conveyed in her music – a delivery so effortless it’s unable to be taught. Complimented by the deft touches of Raboin and Wolff, Vos’ songwriting beckons to the listener, creating an indelible experience.
The band will continue its tireless touring schedule in support of Cartoon Moon. National fall tour to be announced soon.
A stream of the album can be found here.
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July 15, 2016 | Minocqua, WI | Minocqua Brewing Co.
July 21, 2016 | Sheridan, WY | Black Tooth Brewing
July 22, 2016 | Red Lodge, MT | Bull ‘N” Bear Saloon
July 23, 2016 | Livingston, MT | Murray Bar
July 26, 2016 | Whitefish, MT | Great Northern Bar
July 27, 2016 | Bozeman, MT | Filling Station
July 28, 2016 | White Sulphur Springs, MT | Red Ants Pants Music Festival
July 30, 2016 | Oshkosh, WI | Oshkosh Music Festival
August 6, 2016 | Bangor, WI | Leo and Leona’s
August 10, 2016 | Denver, CO | Ogden Theatre
August 12, 2016 | Minturn, CO | Little Beach Park and Amphitheater
August 13, 2016 | Arvada, CO | Klines Beer Hall
August 17, 2016 | Horicon, WI | Horicon Music Series
August 20, 2016 | Kickapoo Valley, WI | Larryfest
August 21, 2016 | Elkhart Lake, WI | Victorian Village Tiki Bar
August 26, 2016 | Shell Lake, WI | Potter’s Shed
August 27, 2016 | La Crosse, WI | Great River Folk Festival
August 28, 2016 | Madison, WI | Orton Park Festival
August 31, 2016 | Evanston, IL | Space
September 3, 2016 | Dillon, CO | Dillon Amphitheater
September 16 | Milwaukee, WI | Riverside Theater
September 17-18, 2016 | Bristol, TN | Rhythm and Roots Festival
September 21, 2016 | Ann Arbor, MI | The Ark
September 22, 2016 | Indianapolis, IN | The Hi-Fi
September 24, 2016 | Nashville, TN | Americana Music Festival