A Thousand Horses is back and better than ever with a brand-new single from their forthcoming sophomore album. Written by Heather Morgan, Morgan Wallen, Brad Warren and Brett Warren, the new track, “Preachin’ to the Choir”, is best described as a tribute to the hard-working, hard-partying everyday people that make up the United States of America.
I mentioned the songwriters earlier, but here’s a bit of trivia for you. What was the first song that A Thousand Horses recorded that they didn’t write themselves? If you guess “Preachin’ to the Choir”, then give yourself ten points. However, even though the band didn’t write it, doesn’t mean “Preachin’ to the Choir” takes away from their signature sound and lyrical storytelling.
Speaking of the band, A Thousand Horses consists of:
Michael Hobby – Lead Vocal
Bill Satcher – Lead Guitar
Zach Brown – Guitar and Vocal (not THAT Zac Brown)
Graham Deloach – Bass and Vocal
While they have their own distinct sound, A Thousand Horses (in my opinion) are a mix of Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and the Black Crowes. Not sure how else to describe them. But, they have the benefit of pulling all of their classic rock talents together in a modern-country sound.
Nothing wrong with that!
Now, let’s talk about the new single.
“Preachin’ to the Choir” is the type of song that’s ready to jump to the top of the airplay charts at radio stations across the country, and should be firmly on your playlist right now! Don’t believe me? Take a listen for yourself.
Hobby told Rolling Stone Country that “Preachin’ to the Choir” is “the working people’s anthem.” When speaking about A Thousand Horses fans, Hobby says, “They work hard, they love hard and they play hard, and that’s what the song really speaks to.”
Much like their debut single “Smoke”, “Preachin’ to the Choir” stands out to me as a traditional southern rock with a country twist. The latest single is a little heavier lyrically than previous radio hits released by the band, but A Thousand Horses finds success in adapting great storytelling into their soulful sound. “Preachin’ to the Choir” is a perfect example of the talent the band brings, both musically and lyrically.
Here’s a sample:
“If I’m preachin’ to the choir
Raise your hands a little higher
If you wanna sing along to a Saturday night revival song
Let me see you sparking up your lighters”
But what about the workers and the drinkers out there living the dream? A Thousand Horses has you covered:
“If you’re a 40-drinking, 40-working, living the dream, then you’re just like me
And I’m preachin’ to the choir”
After listening to the song on repeat for much of the last hour, I have to say that “Preachin’ to the Choir” solidifies A Thousand Horses as well-respected Southern rockers within today’s country music genre. Coming off a successful run with Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett on the Six String Circus tour, the band is ready for a big year to come and “Preachin’ to the Choir” will play a major role in their continued success.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s what others are saying:
“Preachin’ to the Choir” is the Horses’ doctrine, a crisp blast of country-rock that extols the virtues of the 9 to 5. Featuring the group’s signature gospel-choir backing vocals, the song’s hypnotic “all-in, all-out” chorus calls to mind the band’s Number One single “Smoke.”
Heavy guitars and the Horsettes add the signature to this new a Thousand Horses song. They’re working with Dann Huff now, but there’s not much to distinguish this song sonically from cuts on Southernality…it’s as straightforward of a country rock song as you’ll find on the radio.
I truly enjoyed getting my first official taste of the bands second album and I can’t wait to catch up with Hobby, Satcher, Brown and Deloach on the road soon.
The guys, along with the always hard-working Horsettes, have really caught lightning in a bottle with “Preachin’ to the Choir” and I highly recommend that you check out both the song, and A Thousand Horses, at your earliest convenience.
“Preachin’ to the Choir” is available now for download on iTunes and look for the band on tour in a city near you. To keep up with A Thousand Horses, new music and tour news, make sure you check them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @AThousandHorses.