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!)
iTunes
Spotify
Amazon
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

TICKETS HERE

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
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All rights reserved. 
2016 Single Batch Records
2016 Boot N' Pistol Publishing (BMI). 
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of all applicable laws
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Album artwork | Megan Manning
Concept art | Gina Fitzpatrick & Megan Manning
Photograph | James Suit
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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!


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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!

WE ARE SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT FINALLY...

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!

LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST:

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
10pm
The Abbey Bar at the Appalachian Brewing Company

50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
NO COVER

 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

HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS 7pm - 9pm!

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

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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

-Galen

Container Department: TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Gigbag

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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.

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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.

-Galen

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.

Sept 18-20: Philly, Yonkers, Radio!

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Hey ya'll, it's almost fall! Big weekend coming up for BHM - 2 shows and a radio appearance. Check out all the yummy details below.Friday, Sept 18 Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA Doors 8pm The Late Saints CD release show!

$7 advance / $10 door, 21+

Black Horse Motel: 9:00-9:45 This Way To the Egress: 10:00-10:45 The Late Saints: 11:00-12:00

Lots of appearances from your favorite Philly musicians !

Tickets are going fast, get yours here!

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Saturday, Sept 19 Urban H2O – Riverside Stage 35 Alexander St., Yonkers NY 10701

3rd Annual Roots n Roast Black Horse Motel, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, and Moonshine Falls

4:00PM – 8:00PM

Cuban Style Roast Pork Dinner, Veggie BBQ, Free Craft Beer from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

Dinner is served at 5PM

TICKETS HERE

$25: Dinner, Music and Beer - freshly roasted pork or veggie BBQ, all the trimmings, soda, dessert and free craft beer $10: Music and Beer only $5: Music only kids tickets Limited a la carte food will be available for purchase.

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Sunday, Sept 20 93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes

We'll be playing live in the studio with Mark C. Rogers from 8pm-9pm as he highlights local artists playing this year's Dewey Beach Music Conference!

Listen on 93.7 FM in the Wilmington/Philly area or stream HERE!

Philadelphia Folk Fest - Friday 8/14 12pm

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Catch us at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this Friday, 8/14/15!

Camp Stage 12pm - 2pm

We are sharing the stage with our friends Psych-A-Billy and more! Our songs, their songs, old songs, new songs, cover songs, songs together!

Here's a pic of us from our CD signing at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Fest!

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A quick note from Galen:

Boy howdy, did we ever get some equipment upgrades. I don't have time to do big writeups right now, because we're headed out to The Philadelphia Folk Festival tomorrow, but we've got mixers, we've got in-ear monitors, hell, we've got a new drum kit. We might even have a van. I can't wait to tell you all about our new inventory.

-Galen

2 PA shows this weekend - Aug 7 & 9

We have two awesome FREE outdoor shows this weekend and we will be premieringTWO BRAND NEW SONGS! Hope to see you there!

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We are super excited to be playing Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA again this year!

Friday, August 7 8:30pm - 10:30pm Provident Bank Main Street stage This is on the north side of the festival. Festival map: http://www.musikfest.org/info/map/REMINDER: This is a FREE and ALL AGES event!

Sunday, August 9 Honey Brook Borough Concerts in the Park 5:30pm -8pm Honey Brook Boro Park - 71 Pequea Ave, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania 19344 FREE!

The Honey Brook Lions Club will have food and beverages available for purchase at each concert. Concert goers are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful outdoor setting. In the event of inclement weather the concert will be cancelled by 1:00 pm the day of the show. There will be a recorded message on the borough office line, 610-273-2020. Every effort will be made by the borough and the performers to reschedule cancelled concerts. http://honeybrookborough.net/Concerts.html

New Shirts!

Summer fashions coming your way! We've got two brand new shirts to enhance your wardrobe! Available at shows, starting today 7/10/15, and online at our MERCH STORE!

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A nod to our home town team! Show your Folk and Philly pride! Soft pretzels, wooder ice, cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches...don't YOUS want one?!BUY NOW

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A low contrast BHM tee. For those who want to support, but not scream it from the rooftops. The design is an original sketch by Kevin Boylan, featured on the inside panel and disc of our 2013 release, Red Summer Spirit. BUY NOW

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July 10-11 Coatesville, PA & Mays Landing, NJ

Friday, July 10, 2015Friday Night Lights ChesLen Preserve - 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville, PA 193208pm, 21+ only

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Free beer from Victory Brewing Company! Free Wine from Borderland Vineyard! Free snacks!

TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLY! You cannot pay at the door. There are only 84 tickets left (out of 450)! Get yours here: https://www.natlands.org/event/fridaynightlights2015/ or or call 610-353-5587. NLT members: $15 per adult. Non-members $25 per adult.

Saturday, July 11 NOFA-NJ Music Fest Benefits New Jersey farmers! 127 Park Ave, Mays Landing, NJ

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Tickets $20 here: http://www.nofanj.org/musicfest.htm or CASH ONLY at the door.

Music starts at 2pm. We go on at 7pm!

Hope to see you this weekend!