Country newcomers A Thousand Horses have quickly made a solid name for themselves, thanks to their breakthrough debut single, “Smoke.”
The Nashville-based group have become the first to send a debut entry to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart in this decade, which is no easy feat. They are also the first group to take that spot since Zac Brown Band emerged onto the scene with their uber-popular single, “Chicken Fried.”
According to Billboard and Nielsen Music, “Smoke” is still gaining airplay in its 21st week on the charts. So what is creating such a big amount of buzz for this rapidly emerging band?
For a debut single, “Smoke” sounds musically mature and progressive but not overproduced or poppy, arguably unlike many other currently charted releases. Their sound still has an edge, but it’s more southern rock than mainstream.
The band, comprised of lead vocalist Michael Hobby, guitarists Bill Satcher and Zach Brown, and Graham DeLoach on bass, says their influences are indeed deeply rooted in southern culture.
“Growing up in the Southern rock realm with Lynyrd Skynyrd [and] the Marshall Tucker Band, as well as Tom Petty and The Black Crowes, I think that’s where a lot of our influences come from and that’s what people hear [in our music],” Hobby told Billboard in a recent interview. “To me, that’s one of the biggest compliments you can give, because I’m a big fan of those artists, for sure.”
A Thousand Horses’ debut album, Southernality, will be released on June 9.