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.

Sept 18-20: Philly, Yonkers, Radio!


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!


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


$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.


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


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!


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.


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!


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: 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.

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!

pholk model
pholk model

Close up:

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


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

Take Me to Your Store!

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

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


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: 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


Tickets $20 here: or CASH ONLY at the door.

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

Hope to see you this weekend!

Triumph Brewing Co New Hope Friday!


Two of our FAVORITE things - music & beer!

Join us and Jeremiah Tall this Friday at Triumph Brewing Co in New Hope, PA

Plus, we will be celebrating birthdays for our wonderful cellist, Desiree, and her husband, Chris!

Happy birthday, Desiree!

A photo posted by black horse motel (@blackhorsemotel) on Jun 17, 2015 at 8:03am PDT


We will also be joined by Equality Pennsylvania! Equality PA is building support for the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, a bill that (if passed) would finally protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the work place! As it stands PA is one of 29 states in which you can still legally be fired based on your sexual orientation, and is one of 32 states in which you can still legally be fired based on gender identity. The Pennsylvania Fairness Act would put an end to this discrimination.

Friday June 19, 10pm Triumph Brewing Co New Hope 400 Union Square Dr, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938 $5 cover at door Lineup: Black Horse Motel, Jeremiah Tall


Summer Tour Dates!

It's here! Sunshine, sweating, al fresco dining, sugary tropical drinks, viscous humidity, IPAs/pilsners/kolsches, sunburn, public partial nudity.........SUMMER! This year, we've got an exciting, packed schedule with lots of festivals, outdoor shows, and a few free ones too! Check out our dates below and mark your calendars!


This weekend, we are kicking it off with the Xtreme Folk Festival (aka Xfest) at the County Creek Winery in Telford, PA! The festival runs Friday June 12-Saturday June 13 with camping, food, music, vendors, fun and friends.

BHM's set is 5pm on Saturday

Get your tickets here!

Xtreme Folk Fest Flier
Xtreme Folk Fest Flier

Lineup : Full Frontal Folk Spuyten Duyvil Burning Bridget Cleary Psych-a-billy Jersey Corn Pickers Adam Brodsky Punkabillys Th1e Wallace Brothers Black Horse Motel Dirty Daze Quartet Jason Ager Electric Man

What should I put in that cup?

Slippery Elm, or Ulmus rubra for those with a monocle, is a tree that grows in North America. It's awesome for many reasons. It's a big tree, and those are always nice to see, especially living in a city. It's a shady tree, and this summer is set out to be a doozy. None of that, however, is why slippery elm makes an appearance in the tack shop today. No my friends, it is here in the tack shop because of a special quality it's bark possesses. Namely, if you add a little hot water, the bark turns completely gross. Slimy, puffy, just disgusting really.

A Show Not to Be Missed

XFEST 2015 - June 12-13th 2015 at the Country Creek Winery for the 15th straight year!

XFest Announcements from their webpage:

1.  Tickets are on sale this week at a discounted price of $50 for an All Festival ticket with camping!  Best bargain you'll find at any festival. Buy Tickets Here!

2.  Program book ads are on sale; XFS needs your ad by May 1st.  Please consider buying an ad,  it is the best way to keep this festival coming back and you can say whatever you want to say! Check out the Program book page more information and to order an ad. Support the XFS!!

3. XFS needs volunteers as usual; there are spots available; check out the Volunteer page for more info and to sign up.

4. XFS is still accepting vendors; please check out the Vendor page for more info.

Show for the Holiday Weekend!

Old Swede's Church, Music starts at 12:30. we're on at 4! Sexton Sideshow would like to invite you out to attend our Sexton Sideshow Memorial Dei Family Picnic Fundraiser event. Our hope and mission for Sexton Sideshow is to bring our community together in a safe place to enjoy fabulous local homegrown music, delicious food, craft beer and to interact and have fellowship with the community. All monies generated support the church general fund for the upkeep of these historic grounds of 300+ years.

Details Below

Grand Opening of the Tack Shop

I was on a bus once, it was in the middle of the night, and I had a box of crackers and a can of Easy Cheese. It was dark, and it was a surprise how much cheese I had applied on each cracker. That's why they should have a glow-in-the-dark version of Easy Cheese. It's not like the product has any integrity to begin with. If you buy a room-temperature cheese that you squeeze out of a can, you probably won't get mad because it glows in the dark too.~Mitch Hedberg

The Practice Derby Take 1

Hi!Welcome to Black Horse Motel's newest installment of pun-tacular web posts "The Practice Derby." Before I tell you what that's all about, here at Black Horse Motel's website you will find that members of the band specialize in 'horsey-themed' posts and I would like to highlight them first before I tell you about the "Practice Derby."

Desiree makes sure you are well fed with delicious treats from "The Feedbag." In "The Feedbag" posts you will find awesome recipes.  Megan reviews what bands and artists are favorites of the band members in Black Horse Motel, and she introduces you to new music from all over the place in her "Horse Tracks" web posts.  And last but not least, Dave gets right to the point in his web posts titled "Horse Shit."  "Horse Shit" is perfectly appropriately named for our past musical fails, flops, and embarrassingly bad song writing.  As years move on, the band will have plenty to add to this web post.  In short, "Horse Shit" keeps us humble.

I'm very excited that I get to put my two cents in now!  Welcome to the "Practice Derby!"  Have you ever wondered what musicians do to practice their craft?  I have.  I thought it would be fun to share with you how I practice improvisation and a whole bunch of other things on the violin.  It's not magic, it's hard work.  I could definitely use more control and discipline in my practice and playing in general.  I usually won't practice unless I have an important gig approaching, and that's a shame.

SO! I thought I would ask YOU to suggest a song, a piece, a cover - anything - a Jimi Hendrix solo - an Outkast song - Bach's Partita's - anything, seriously.  Just put your suggestion in the comments section of the Youtube video below.  I will pick one of the suggestions and the next video post will (hopefully) give you a glimpse into what it took for me to learn the tune and maybe I'll nail it, or maybe it will be like an epic Pinterest Fail.  Either way, hopefully it will be entertaining.  Enjoy the video!

Cheers! ~Ry