Thank you. Goodnight.

Dear Friends,

Black Horse Motel has spent the last 10 years journeying through music and memories. We have not just made fans, but lifelong friendships. The band has allowed us to travel through the US and spend more consecutive hours in a vehicle than anyone should. We have laughed together, cried together, and have quite literally shed blood, sweat, and tears as a team. We are more than just bandmates; we are truly family. We have shared a creative bond that only people who play music together can have. We have seen weddings, divorces, new homes, deaths, births, tragedies, victories, early mornings, and late nights.

But all journeys must come to and end, and we have reached the end of ours. From here, the road forks, and each of us forges a new path. Some of us are pursuing solo projects, some collaborating with other artists, some are free agents. Whatever happens next, we will always cherish the time we spent at the Black Horse Motel.

It would have been impossible to accomplish anything without the help and influence of the massive support system that has surrounded us over the years. More than thank yous are in order, but for now, let’s start there.

Thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts:

To our families/partners/OG BHM fam, for supporting us in all the ways, letting us make lots of noise in their houses, listening to songs from their awkward infancy to watching us play them on stage, and giving us the time and space to pursue music: Kathleen, Michael, & Kara Manning; Meredith Murray; Catherine Collis; Jessica Kelso; Bill Noel; David, Tina, Gina, Lily, & Maggie Fitzpatrick; Teri & Rusty Lynch; Josh Buono; Maj; Savannah, Jackson, & Austin Kramer; & Betsey Kloss (we miss you).

To the patient and generous industry folks who kept us (as) professional (as possible): Professor Pooch, Ron DiSilvestro, Phil Nicolo, & Joe Lambert.

A special heartfelt thank you to Ron DiSilvestro for believing in us as people and musicians, for at times being the glue that held this band together, for guiding us through the emotions of the recording process, and for letting us goof off in the studio without killing us.

To our amazing extended BHM family. Thank you for listening, coming to shows, feeding/watering/beering us, letting us crash, carrying equipment, taking photos/videos, selling merch, and for being there for good and the bad times: Rick Katz, Patty Pierce-Bonfig, Jo Mowery, Ivan & Vicki Fuller, Cheryl Durrua, Mark C. Rodgers, James Suit, Michelle Lynn, Stephanie Berardi, Isaac Williams, Julie Kelso, Lisa Schwartz, Justin Nordell, Katie Kresz, Jennifer Rajotte, Zach Russell, Kelly Markowitz, Rebecca Barger, Dörthe Externest, Sam Cerminaro, Roger Goff, The Richardson family, Jim, Paula, & Dillon Minacci, Matt Kurland, Michael Baunach, Vicki Wells, Dawn Smith, Ian Zolitor, Philadelphia Music Co-Op, Philadelphia Folksong Society, MJ Slide, Rebecca Davis, Jess & Jon Garcia.

To our employers who gave us time to pursue our passion and coworkers who covered for us.

To every horsehead who ever came to a show, bought a CD, streamed our music, slapped stickers around town, or still wears a BHM t-shirt.

To past members: James, Andras, Johnell, Josh, and David, as they, too, were once part of the family and we learned much from all of them.

Our last official Black Horse Motel outing will be this year’s Homey Awards, a local music award ceremony hosted by Hometown Heroes and 93.7 WSTW on Thursday, March 14. Heck, maybe we will even win something!

Thank you for an unforgettable decade. See you around the bend,

Megan, Desiree, Galen, & Ryann


We are headed to Folk Alliance International 2/13 - 2/17!


We are so excited for our first Folk Alliance International! Galen, Desiree, and Ryann will be playing the following private showcases (we will miss Megan):

Wednesday 2am NERFA RM 550

Thursday 12:55pm Sloan Agency RM 474
Thursday 2:20am Momentary Love RM 424

Saturday 10:30pm Campsite RM 465
Saturday 1:50am ComboPlate RM 520
Saturday 2:30am Momentary Love Hootenany RM 424

Folk Alliance International is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community is February 13-17, 2019, in Montréal, Canada.

7th Annual Winter Doldrums - Concert for Suicide Prevention


Once again, we are proud to be participating in the Winter Doldrums Concert for suicide prevention. This is a cause that is very close to our hearts and we would love it if you would join us for a day of music and memory. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Sunday Feb 10 - 2:30pm - 12am
Ardmore Music Hall


$15 in advance // $20 at the door // $25 Seated // $50 Premium Table

Black Horse Motel’s set starts around 8pm, but please support the other amazing artists listed abover!

Wow! We won 2 Homey Awards!

Wow! We won 2 Homey Awards!

Holy crap, we won 2 93.7 WSTW Homey awards! Best Folk Song for “Where the Money Comes From” and EP of the Year for “Parable”!
We are immensely flattered and a little dumbfounded. Thank you so much to Hometown Heroes, 93.7 WSTW, Mark C. Rogers, and Gable Music Ventures!

Special thanks to our producer Ron DiSilvestro for all he did for us and congrats on his own big win for Producer of the Year!

3/23 Intimate Acoustic West Philly Show + Podcast!

Friday, 3/23, we are excited to be part of the Candlelit West Philly concert series! It will be an acoustic and intimate evening with us and Zach Zaitlin

The show will be at Inner Rhythms Music and Therapy Center at 37 South 42nd St. The door is on 42nd, and we’ll have sign and some candles to make it as clear as possible.  (Note that the space is on the second floor by stairs.)

Doors open at 7:30pm.
This show is pay what you wish, so please bring cash for the bands.  

Please claim a free ticket at our eventbrite page. Know that tickets are limited! We hope that by doing this, we can preserve the intimate character of the series.

We also chatted with Mike on the Candlelit podcast! Check it out here for some insider knowledge on our songwriting process, our thoughts & experiences as a 3/4 female band, and more!

Candlelit Podcast #13: Black Horse Motel

Catch us at the 2017 Philadelphia Folk Fest!

Catch our main set at 3:45 on the Lobby Stage (Dance Tent) on Friday, August 18th

We will be making a few other appearances around Fest on Friday! Here's where you can find us:

• 1pm - Camp Stage  - 35th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Thriller

• 3:45pm - 4:25pm - Lobby Stage

• 7pm - Cultural Tent - Backstage Sessions


Full festival schedule here:

"Parable" releases today! Album release party tomorrow in Philly!

Our new 5-song EP, Parable, is available today! If you were one of the many awesome folks who contributed to our PledgeMusic campaign, you should already have a download link in your inbox!

Get Parable from any of your favorite digital music providers:

BandCamp (order CDs too!)
Google Play
CD Baby (order CDs too!)

Album Release Party Saturday 1/14!

Join us and our friends Sparkle Pony and The Jayplayers for a night of music, drinks, friends, fun, and a celebration of our newest release!

Saturday 1/14, 8pm
Boot & Saddle
1131 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Parable credits:

Produced by Ron DiSilvestro and Black Horse Motel
Recorded and Mixed by Ron DiSilvestro at Studio 4 Recording
Additional recording at Forge Recording
Mastered by Phil Nicolo at Studio 4

All songs written, arranged, & recorded by Black Horse Motel* 
*Bass on Dear Mama and Bones - Ron DiSilvestro

All rights reserved. 
2016 Single Batch Records
2016 Boot N' Pistol Publishing (BMI). 
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of all applicable laws

Album artwork | Megan Manning
Concept art | Gina Fitzpatrick & Megan Manning
Photograph | James Suit

Special thanks: Ron DiSilvestro for being our cheerleader; Phil Nicolo; Gina Fitzpatrick, Betsy Kloss-Kramer, Rick Katz, Josh Buono, Kathleen Manning, Kara Manning, Michael Manning, Jess Kelso, Cat Collis, James Suit, Professor Pooch, Patty Pearce Bonfig, Jo Mowrey, and all our friends and family who continue to help, put up with, & support us; and everyone who contributed to our PledgeMusic campaign.

"Parable" Cover Art Release

Hey all! Megan here. And I'm very excited to present the cover art for our new EP "Parable" - done by yours truly, with photos by our super pal, James Suit, and conceptual help from Galen's lovely wife, Gina Fitzpatrick. I can't wait to see this in final print! I hope you like it as much as we do.

Don't forget - you can pre-order the music and much more - including exclusive t-shirts, house concerts, and cover songs - right now at

We are currently at 62% of our goal with 21 days left. So, please pledge if you feel so inclined and share with friends and family, and on the internets!







EP Title Announcement!

There comes a time, in every album's life, when it must be named. So today, is our new EP's name day.
(You only had to wait this long if you're not a PledgeMusic pledger)

You can pre-order the EP now through our PledgeMusic campaign! You'll get news like this, as well as music, art, and other goodies before anyone else!

Without further ado....except for perhaps a short drum roll.....

We'd like to introduce "Parable"...

To learn more about the story behind the title and the songs, head over to PledgeMusic and pledge ANY amount to get the new music before the official release on January 13th. You'll also get to see all the updates, behind-the-scenes info, holiday songs, unreleased tracks, and more pledger-only exclusives!

Pre-order our new EP!


Our EP is complete! 

In the four years since our last release, Red Summer Spirit, we’ve had several line-up changes, gotten married and divorced, had children, moved into and out of houses and grown into ourselves. These 5 new songs are our homage to these years and the intensely personal music they’ve created. Our new EP (title TBA soon!) was recorded and mixed by our main squeeze, Ron DiSilvestro (who also recorded and mixed Red Summer Spirit), at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, Forge Recording in Oreland, PA, and Studio D in Jenkintown, PA. It was mastered by the one and only Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA.

We are so excited for you to hear this new album and we are in the final stages of prepping it for release. SOOO...we’re coming to you through PledgeMusic to to provide you, the fans who have been with us through these changes, a chance to dive deeper, sooner, and with less boundaries into the music we’ve been crafting.

A little background on PledgeMusic:

PledgeMusic has been around since 2009 and has truly become a champion of online music distribution for independent artists. This is a direct-to-fan platform that’s a win-win for artists and fans alike. Allowing fans to pre-order music and merchandise before the official release helps independent artists like us recoup some of the money we spent to record the music, press CDs, print t-shirts, etc. Getting that money back earlier in the release cycle helps us book more shows, travel farther, and create new merchandise, in order to support and promote our new album. It gives you, the fans, access to new music before anyone else, along with exclusive t-shirts, art, and experiences that we are only offering through PledgeMusic! Speaking of which...

...we have 14 different exclusive options to choose from! We are a creative and crafty bunch in this band (Ryann and Desiree specifically). Aside from music, we love creating one-of-kind works of art and can't wait to make you something unique - from hand painted t-shirts, to jewelry, to large canvas paintings! There's something for everyone!

Maybe pre-ordering is out of your means right now. Or maaaaybe you just love us enough to keep helping us. Sharing our campaign is the cornerstone of PledgeMusic! Please tell your friends, family, coworkers, enemies, pets, kids, ghosts, congressmen and women; post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever apps you crazy kids are using these days. Send emails, write letters, send a telegram, dial in some Morse code!

Ryann's Ramblings: Presidential Primary Update

Did that silly title get your attention? I hope so because I'm about to blow your mind with some serious political discourse.

Just kidding! I would never submit you to opinionated, possibly irrational, jargon on America's socioeconomic circus adventure. 

I actually just wanted to say, Hello! Big Hugs! Long time no talk! You may have noticed that over the past few months, things have been a little quieter on the BHM front. Allow me to fill you in on what’s been happening.  Here is what has happened in three simple memes:

Over the winter, we parted ways with David, as he moves on to other ventures. We will miss his energy, comedy, and creative spirit, but as musicians we all know how important it is to take the personal time required to learn, grow, and care for our individual creative needs.  We sincerely wish him the best of luck!

So, in the quiet solace of the winter, we found ourselves as a four-piece cultivating an entirely new sound, writing new songs, and we really worked hard to make recording this new stuff a reality!  In March of 2016 we picked a studio and an engineer to work with and now we are diligently constructing a present for you:

We've teamed up with Producer, Engineer, and session musician, Ron DiSilvestro and the history-rich Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA to create an EP for you!!!  In April we spent about 22 hours over a period of 2 days to complete the major tracking and now we're down to the details of mixing, mastering, packaging, graphic-designing, screaming, crying, and drinking..............water to stay hydrated.

For the late spring and rolling through the summer we have a few gigs on the calendar that I'm happy to share with you:

On Friday June 3rd from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm we will perform at the beautiful Colonial Plantation, 3900 N Sandy Flash Dr, Newtown Square, PA 19073.  Tickets are $15.00. The concert will be held in the air conditioned ball room of the park mansion with beer, soda, and snacks provided.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

On Friday July 22nd from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm we will perform at the relaxing Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery600 S Railroad Ave, Rio Grande, NJ 08242, as part of their Rootstock Concert Series!  Named for the essential part of the grape vine, Rootstock combines beautiful vineyard ambiance and intimate music performances.   With the sun setting behind the vineyard, music and wine provides the perfect backdrop for a fun Friday night at Hawk Haven!


We're thrilled to join our friends Forlorn Strangers for their CD release party at the Boot & Saddle on Saturday August 6th.  The show gets rolling at 8:00 pm.  We're also sharing the bill with another super fun group of musicians, Apache Trails.  And that's that for our presidential primary update!  We hope to see you at some of our late spring and summer shows. Watch out for more 2016 EP updates coming soon!