"Sonically, it's the sound of a band that has grown in the last couple of years, as players, writers and musicians. It's a more mature, bigger sound," says A Thousand Horses singer Michael Hobby of the band's new single "Preachin' to the Choir."
The Southern-rock-influenced group, rounded out by bassist Graham Deloach and guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown, worked with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban) for the new song, the first taste of their upcoming album.
Like the tracks on the Horses' 2015 debut, Southernality, "Preachin' to the Choir" mixes gritty guitars with soulful backing vocals. The band tours with two female singers who help distinguish A Thousand Horses from their peers and connect them to their classic-rock heroes.
"It's that gospel, female vocalist group thing that we grew up thinking was so cool on Allman Brothers records, Black Crowes records, Skynyrd records," he says of singers Kristen Rogers and Morgan Herbert. "And to actually have it live is such an awesome sound to feel and hear."
A Thousand Horses are nominated for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year at the 52nd ACM Awards. They'll bring their live show revue to fairs and festivals this summer.