A Thousand Horses lead stampede in Reno

A Thousand Horses
A Thousand Horses is touring in support of its new album, “Bridges.” The band plays Cargo Concert Hall in Reno this week.

In a state where wild mustangs still roam the open range,  A Thousands Horses should feel right at home Thursday night upon hitching up to the stage at Cargo Concert Hall in downtown Reno.

The fact that country is still king in this once Wild West town (actually The Biggest Little City in the World) makes the all-ages concert even more exciting. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $25 in advance or $28 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m. Reno’s own Cowboy Indian will get the show rolling.

A Thousand Horses formed in Nashville in 2010 and features Michael Hobby on lead vocals and harmonica, Bill Satcher on lead guitar, Zach Brown on guitar and backup vocals and Graham DeLoach on bass. Its sound combines country pop and Southern rock. In 2014, the group released its first single, “Smoke,” which quickly rose up the charts, setting a record for the highest debut by a new act when it opened at No. 28 on the Country Aircheck radio chart.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and A Thousand Horses is a band known for its fiery live performances. Get ready to get your hands up, and this is no stagecoach robbery.

A Thousand Horses is touring in support of its new album, “Bridges,” released June 2. “We put every ounce of blood, sweat, hard work, passion, persistence, courage, and sometimes literal tears we could muster into these new songs and are over the moon we get to share this big piece of our lives with you,” the band wrote in press materials.

It includes the song “Preachin’ to the Choir.” Singer Michael Hobby described the tune in an interview with Rolling Stone Country: “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.”

In its online bio, A Thousand Horses describes its music as “a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country context.”

Openers Cowboy Indian are a homegrown band offering up a hefty serving of “country fried roots and hippy blues.” It features Lucas Paul on guitar and vocals, John von Nolde on bass and vocals and Dave Petry on drums — “country boys singing American songs, playing American music.”

So get your hands up and get on down to the Cargo Concert Hall on Thursday night.


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