the resounding, wood-burning resolve of storytelling laid over fresh strings complimented by the force of folky Americana and endearing harmony
— Michael Colavita, The Deli, 2017


Philadelphia's Black Horse Motel crafts its genre-fluid city folk sound by taking traditional folk instrumentation and lyrics, blending them with Americana roots, rock, blues, and country influences and tying it all together with rich vocal harmonies. The resulting sound is infectiously foot-stomping, heart-breaking, familiar and new.

In 2012, Black Horse Motel offered their first recording; a self-titled EP. In 2013, they followed up with their debut full-length LP, Red Summer Spirit.

The next three years brought several lineup changes while the group continued to hone their sound and expand their fan base. The current group is  Desiree Haney(cello/keys/vocals), Megan Manning (drums/percussion/vocals), Galen Fitzpatrick (guitar/dobro/vocals), and Ryann Lynch (fiddle/vocals).

The now cemented four piece released Parable, a 5-song EP, in January 2017, after a successful PledgeMusic campaign.

In the fall of 2017, Black Horse Motel competed in Philadelphia councilman David Oh’s city-wide PHL Live music competition and won the Country/Folk category! Prizes included cash and studio time
Black Horse Motel also won twice at 2018’s local Homey Awards, hosted by 93.7 WSTW - for Best Folk Song, and EP of the Year!

Partnering again with engineer/producer Ron DiSilvestro, the band headed back to the renowned Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA and Forge Recording in Oreland, PA, to record their next EP in the winter of 2018. The finished product was once again mastered by Grammy Award winner, Phil Nicolo.
And Then You Were Gone was released on July 20, 2018 and is available for purchase and streaming through all major online outlets.

Black Horse Motel has performed at the famed Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, PA, the Dewey Beach Music Conference and Dewey Beach Americana Festival in Dewey Beach, DE, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Xtreme Folk Festival in Telford, PA and the People’s Choice Festival in State College, PA. The group has also performed at many popular Philadelphia-area venues, including World Cafe Live, Boot & Saddle, Ardmore Music Hall, and Bourbon & Branch. The group has begun spreading their sound to the greater Philadelphia area, with performances in Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Phoenixville, New Hope, State College, and Wilkes-Barre, as well as to Brooklyn, NY, Ithaca, NY, Baltimore, MD, Charleston, WV, and Nashville, TN. Black Horse Motel has been featured as live performers on several radio programs, including Delaware’s WSTW Hometown Heroes show, The Folk Show on WXPN, Folkadelphia on XPN2, and Y-Not Radio.