5/5 HUGE show at Ardmore Music Hall!

This Saturday, we are so excited to be a part of this KILLER line-up. We are starting the night off, opening for two of our favorite live bands. You really DON'T want to miss this one!

Hezekiah Jones + Chestnut Grove 
w/ Black Horse Motel
Saturday, May 5th 2018
at The Ardmore Music Hall

7pm Seated Doors
7:30pm Standing Doors
8pm Show
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $25 Seated

Tickets on sale now: http://bit.ly/HezekiahGrove

**Hezekiah Jones**
Hezekiah Jones is a seasoned genre-defying band rooted in writing finely crafted songs and performed by a stellar line-up of Philadelphia’s best musicians. Through their 9 years they have coalesced into a band that effectively blends Americana with infusions of an eclectic mix of New Orleans style Jazz, Harmonic Folk and Beatles-like Pop-Rock. 

**Chestnut Grove**
Pennsylvania bred, close knit group of youngin' , multi-instrumentalist rock n' rollers who put on one helluva live show. Since 2012 the group has been creating music together combining a variety of their individual influences while independently performing over 200+ shows, and self-producing a debut EP & LP. They're back in the studio this Summer 2016 to record a fresh EP with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, The Districts, Hoots n Hellmouth) in combination with an online rebrand and their first national tour in 2017. There are exciting things in the works for this family style band of creative characters with some serious growth potential in the live space.

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!

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The Homeys are the annual local music awards, hosted by Mark C. Rodgers, who curates the local Hometown Heroes show, Sunday nights on 93.7 WSTW.

Recording a new EP!

We have a new EP coming your way summer 2018!

Once again, we have assembled the team of producer Ron DiSilvestro, Phil Nicolo, and Studio 4 and Forge Recording! Stay tuned for more info! In the meantime, check out some behind the scenes pics & vids!

Des and Ry making creepy sounds in the #recordingstudio #newalbum

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Meg's #StankFace is the stuff of legends! #LoveYourDrummer #StudioLife

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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: https://pfs.org/56thschedule/

"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 pledgemusic.com/blackhorsemotel

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!

Millennium Music Conference 2016 and other exciting things!

Greetings, Horseheads!

We know everyone likes to hunker down for the winter, and we over here at BHM have been doing same thing, but it's time to come out of hibernation! Are we planning to come out like a lion? No, like a horse! (ba-dum tssh!)


This weekend we are very excited to be participating in the 20th Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA. If you've never experienced a music conference, it's a pretty great event for both musicians and fans alike. During the day, we musicians get to learn valuable information from panel talks and rub elbows with some folks in the industry, and at night you can find a bunch of bands playing at a bunch of different venues around town.

We're honored, not only to be asked to showcase in this year's conference, but to also have our latest track, "Violent Crime", on the compilation CD!

Our showcase is Saturday night!
Saturday 2/20
The Abbey Bar at the Appalachian Brewing Company

50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

 Make sure you come say hello to us! 

AND - in order to get ourselves in the mood for a whole weekend of live music, we are warming up with a show at Connie's Ric Rac on Thursday night! Come on out, check out the other bands, and have a Thirsty Thursday beer with us!
Thursday, Feb 18
Connie's Ric Rac
1132 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA
$7 Cover


8:00 PM - George Engel Brooks
8:45 PM - Emily Mineo
9:30 PM - Ivory
10:30 PM - Black Horse Motel

Stay tuned for announcements about our upcoming recording! It's good to be back in the saddle!

Fri 11/13 HUGE show at Boot & Saddle Philly!

Friday, November 13
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Boot & Saddle - 1131 S Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tickets $10

We are super excited to be back at Boot & Saddle this Friday. This will be our last big show before we head back into the studio this winter! To make a real foot-stomper, we've got two AMAZING acts sharing the stage!

Chelsea Sue Allen is a local Philly folk favorite who released a new album, Lonely Ages, this Monday 11/09! Get it now at Bandcamp and come hear the new tracks live on Friday!

Forlorn Strangers hail from Nashville. We have had the pleasure of playing two shows outside of Philly with these beautiful people and we are so happy we could finally get them into our hometown! You really don't want to miss these guys, they put on one heck of a live show!

Container Department: Travelite Cases


Instruments are an investment, no doubt. It's just difficult when you look at a good instrument case and discover it costs more than your instrument does in the first place. Also, fiberglass wonder cases are heavy! I've used chipboard cases and skb/gator abs cases. I like these travelite cases much better.

I use the resonator case for both my roundneck and squareneck. Des uses one for her cello. Here's the Pros and Cons as I see them, and below a video of someone else comparing them to another brand.

  • Pros:
    • Xtreme light weight
    • Good protection
    • strong closure system
    • self contained hygrometer
    • Concerns
      • hinge durability
        • The hidden metal hinge is attached with nails to they foam structure. This obviously eventually pulls out.
        • The cloth around the hinge is glued into place and under repeated pressure the glue gives way and the case begins to fall apart.
        • As of right now, though Des' cello case and my resonator case are both showing these signs, neither has lost any functionality as a result.
        • More difficult to label clearly
        • Not sharps protected


Container Department: TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag


Are you one of those fans who loves catching the acoustic show? Do you love it when your favorite bands put away all the noise and just let the songs breathe? You are not going to want to miss our intimate set at Kung Fu Necktie on October 10. Megan and Ryann will be sitting this one out so Dave, Desiree and I can bring you a small room listening experience you're not going to forget. This is a small room and we're really looking forward to being able to talk to all of you about the songs.

Alright, down to gear reviews. I've got a couple of container reviews coming out that should all be nice and short. In my regular stage setup, I use a TC Helicon Voicelive 3 as my main control/preamp for guitars and vocals. Carrying it is what we're on about today, and my container of choice is the TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag. I got mine at Sweetwater because NOBODY had one in my area.

Voicelive 3 Gig Bag
Voicelive 3 Gig Bag

Ok, so it's a great piece of kit because it's light, and it fits, and so far it's sturdy. It is still produced in classic "lost-backstage-black," which is a continual bummer to me, but overall I still like using it. But, as I add pedals to the mix (e.g. expression pedal, BeatBuddy for midi syncing a click track, etc, I'm being forced to consider a larger pedalboard solution because this bag just can't carry as much as I'd like it to.

For those of us using a Voicelive 3, there's a minimum cable load of 4 XLR cables. One comes from the microphone, two carry the microphone signal and guitar signals to the mixing board, and a fourth carries the monitor send from the board to me. Add in my instrument cable, and power cord and this bag is full. I can store the microphone in the side pocket (except I prefer a Shure Super 55). I'm glad I have it, but I wish it's front pockets were bigger/more useful. It does keep me in the land of urban guitarist, where I can carry an acoustic on one side, and electric on the other, and the pedals across my back. I like that kind of portability.

I don't like the decorative front flap. There's very thin strip of hook and loop on the flap and the bag and any amount of over-stuff prevents it from staying put. Which means things you have tucked into the pen slots, or open pocket behind the mesh pocket, just fall out.


TC Helicon GigBag

  • Price: $50
  • Pros:
    • Fits well.
    • Holds things like it's supposed to.
    • Doesn't take up much room.
    • Pen storage, because I'm a dweeb like that.
    • Sturdy
    • Concerns:
      • Really odd shoulder strap.
      • Won't actually hold any accessory items.
      • Hook and Loop doesn't inspire confidence.