A Thousand Horses has been tearing up the country airwaves with their hit song, “Smoke,” and are currently on the road headlining venues around the country. We caught up with the talented lead singer, Michael Hobby, to talk about their new 13-track project, BRIDGES, favorite Nashville spots, and what he likes to do when they’re not on the road.
BRIDGES came out on June 2, how are people responding to it along the road?
It has been great! Honestly, the response has been awesome, the fans are loving it, people know the songs, it’s been really great and we are super excited about it.
Favorite lyric/song from this album.
Man, that’s like trying to pick a favorite kid.
You’ve played alongside a variety of artists, any bands along the way that you’ve really clicked with?
We have had the pleasure of playing with a lot of great artists. We were out with Jason Aldean last year on SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR and really had fun with him and his band. And Darius Rucker, what a guy. We toured with him for a long time and he became a really good friend and mentor. We have been fortunate to play with a lot of great artists and bands out on the road.
Have any of them given you any good advice?
Just to stay true to yourself and who you are and to be good and nice to people. Pretty simple life stuff. The reason they have been able to do this for so long is because they know how to treat people and love what they do. All positive things.
Are you mainly inspired by what happens around you for your songs?
Yes, inspiration can come from anything and anywhere. People, travelling, just what you feel and what hits you. It can come from just a random conversation with a stranger at a bar, and they say something and it sticks.
Who are you dying to work with?
Ohh that list is long …..I would love to work with Tom Petty. I would be a happy man on that one.
What has been your most memorable career moment so far?
Our first single going number 1 was a very memorable moment. We also got to play Fenway park for 2 nights last year with Jason Aldean and Kid Rock.
You obviously have an impressive fan following online. What is it that keeps your fans engaged the most?
We communicate with all of our fans, we write our own stuff, we post our own things, and we talk them on social media. We love talking to and meeting our fans when they come to shows and hearing their opinions. They are why we get to do what we do.
If we turned on your iPod/music device, what would be playing?
The Wallflowers “One Headlight”
Where do you like to hang out in Nashville?
Being a Nashvillian, what are some of your favorite dishes and where are the best places to find them?
I have lived here for 11 years and there is a restaurant that I live near called Two Ten Jack. It’s a ramen/sushi type place, and I LOVE it. I love everything on the menu. I eat there like once or twice a week. Its my favorite spot right now. It’s a great restaurant.
Is there a place you haven’t eaten at yet, but you’ve been dying to go?
I feel like in Nashville there’s a new restaurant open every week. Eleven years ago there was nothing, now you can’t keep up! I will look at my foodie app and see what pops up when I get home.
Who’s the bigger foodie in the band?
I’d say Bill is a pretty big foodie. He’s like me and likes to go try new restaurants and things. I will eat anything or I will at least give it a try.
Who gets to decide where you eat on the road?
There is a big crew of us. To get everyone to agree on one place is a pretty tough thing to do. You just kind of have to do what you want to do.
Backstage Food request?
Honestly, I love jelly beans. I am pretty simple.
Finally, If you could eat or have a drink with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
I would like to sit down with Elvis Presley. We would have a cocktail, a good meal, and talk about Rock and Roll. He did it all. He was Rock and Roll, Country, Pop, everything. I’d love to pick his brain about how he did it. And we would probably eat a steak.
About A Thousand Horses:
Dubbed “Country’s coolest band” by Rolling Stone Country, A Thousand Horses delivers an authentic fusion of Southern rock and contemporary Country mixed with rowdy jams. Their new 13-track project BRIDGES is available through digital retailers now and features their chart-rising single “Preachin’ to the Choir” along with seven acoustic tracks, six of which were recorded live in the U.K. at the famed Metropolis Studios. “Preachin’ to the Choir” is quickly becoming the working-man’s anthem and follows their successful debut single “Smoke.” The chart-topping track made Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist and solidified the band (with at least three members) as the first this decade to score a No. 1 with their first single on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. A Thousand Horses have scored multiple award show nominations, most recently vying for the title of ACM New Vocal Duo or Group at the 52nd Annual ACM Awards. The band’s first album on BMLG Records, SOUTHERNALITY, blends Southern Rock and influential sounds of The Black Crowes and Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street era. The talented foursome soars with Michael Hobby on lead vocals as Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass round out their unique grooves. A Thousand Horses headlined a string of shows in the U.K. last fall and have previously toured with Jason Aldean on his wildly successful SIX STRING CIRCUS TOUR.