Milwaukee-based folk band Dead Horses have cultivated a soulful roots sensibility beyond their years due to the powerful literary and musical force that is front-woman and songwriter, Sarah Vos.
Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Vos’ backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Despite their youth, Vos & collaborative artist and bassist Daniel Wolff have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by early-American prose as it is modern Americana music.
“Wisconsin Band To Watch in 2017,” Dead Horses tour tirelessly with heavy pickers and players in tow, including Ryan Ogburn on mandolin (Buffalo Gospel, Chicken Wire Empire) and Jamie Gallagher on drums (Andreas Kapsalis Trio).
From ballrooms to festivals Dead Horses have performed with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, and Elephant Revival, as well as on mainstages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, WinterWonderGrass, Americana Music Festival, and Red Ants Pants.
Back in Wisconsin, Dead Horses swept the 2017 WAMI Awards taking home “Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist,” “Best Female Vocalist,” and their September 2016 release “Cartoon Moon” won “Best Album of the Year.” Produced by and featuring Ken Coomer on drums (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), “Cartoon Moon” has been recognized as a masterful achievement from a band that has come into its own.
Taylor Martin has been one of Asheville’s premier songwriters and performers for the past 15 years. His raspy, emotion filled voice has an unflinching sincerity. Nearing 1000 performances under his guitar strap, He has been a feature performer every year at Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah as well as the European Independent Film festival in Paris, France this past spring. “I’ve always tried to write from the heart and to do that there just has to be a story” says Martin. “I find that film makers and songwriters are after the same things. Self expression that’s entertaining and art that you can truly call inspired”. “I love working those film festivals cause in a way everyone is there is just gun slinging their art too”.
Taylor Martin is a traveler. His tales of the highway, tales of lost love, love regained, redemption and the over use of cell phones all sound like classics if there was such a title in the newish Americana world. “Americana” Taylor roles his eyes then adds, “Americana is like calling everyone’s dog Plato”. “I’m gonna tell you right now you can call my music folk or country or Americana if you want, but I’m still gonna show up and play something different every time and I’m still gonna tell my story”.