As an avowed fan of rock-tinged country artists (or is it country-tinged rock artists?) like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Turnpike Troubadours and Whiskey Myers, it should come as no surprise that I’m really, really digging the “Southernality” full-length debut from newcomers A Thousand Horses.
The Michael Hobby-fronted outfit — he’s joined in the band by Zach Brown, Graham Deloach and Bill Satcher — impress at every turn on this rollicking 13-track release. They’ve upped their profile considerably with recent television appearances on NBC’s “Today” and Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” and landed a plum support slot on Darius Rucker’s summer tour.
A Thousand Horses come out of the gate firing with “First Time,” “Heaven Is Close” and the terrific “Smoke,” which enjoyed the highest debut ever on Country Aircheck for a new artist’s first single. Additional standouts include “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Sunday Morning,” “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” and “Hell on My Heart.” The sky’s the limit for this talented outfit. (Jeffrey Sisk)