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Watch A Thousand Horses Bring ‘Smoke’ to the ‘Today’ Show

Southern rock and country-radio pop combine to give upstart group a Top Five hit

With A Thousand Horses galloping toward the June 9th release of their Republic Nashville debut Southernality, the country rockers are in the middle of a full-on media blitz. They’ll play Fox & Friends on Wednesday, but this morning took to NBC’s Today Show to perform their single “Smoke.”

Currently in the Top Five on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, “Smoke” is a swaying mid-tempo ballad that drops cigarette-for-hot-woman metaphors with all the consistency of a chain-smoker. “She’s the first damn thing I want when I start drinking,” sings front man Michael Hobby, who with guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown, and bassist Graham Deloach make up the band. The group also tours with a drummer, keyboard player and a trio of backup singers. Like the Lynyrd Skynyrd of old, it’s a large ensemble.

But the sheer size of its touring party isn’t all A Thousand Horses have in common with Skynyrd. With member from South Carolina and Georgia, the band is steeped in the South. Thus the title of their upcoming LP, which also includes a song titled “Southernality.”

“That song’s written about being from the South. It’s a southern personality,” Hobby tells Rolling Stone Country. “Looking at the whole album, that’s who we are. It’s the attitude. It’s why we sound the way we sound and play what we play. It’s the common thread.”

This week, A Thousand Horses will hit the road with Darius Rucker on his Southern Style Tour. The package tour, which also includes Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne, kicks off in Holmdel, New Jersey, on Thursday.


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