Nashville based southern rock band, A Thousand Horses set the bar pretty high with their 2015 debut album Southernality. Fans immediately connected with the songs which propelled their careers to the next level, opening shows for Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker, even picking up a nomination for ACM Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
Released today, their sophomore project titled Bridges, a deluxe EP features six brand new songs and closes with seven live versions. The live versions are from the bands trip overseas to Metropolis Studios in London and the final song, their breakout hit “Smoke" from Nashville's Printers Alley. The band along with producers Dan Huff and Corey Crowder explored new sounds with this second offering. Keeping their true southern grit but proving that they have grown immensely as a band, Bridges emulates a potluck dinner, a little something for everyone.
“Blaze of Something" kicks off the thirteen tracks, a tale of living life and no regrets while “Burn Like Willie" is a definite party jam. “Preachin' to the Choir," the first single off the project, is anthemic, perfect for sing-a-longs during their live set. Any hard working country fan will appreciate the sentiment of true southern living. A standout is when the band slows it down, showing their sentimental side with “One Man Army." Frontman Michael Hobby's pure vocal talent is showcased on the charming lyrics:
“I'll be your one man army / I'll be whatever you need / As sure as your heart beats / You can count on me / And when the world's gone crazy / When you're havin' a bad day / You can lay it on me," he sings.
Closing out the new songs, "Weekends in a Small Town" is a nostalgic look back on life, written by Hobby along with The Cadillac Three's Neil Mason and Jaren Johnston. Overall Bridges is a strong offering, classic country stories with just the right amount of rock influence calls for repeat spins. Grab Bridges on iTunes and catch the band playing festivals and shows all summer long. For a full list of tour dates check out AThousandHorses.com.