You may know A Thousand Horses from their smash hit “Smoke.” The tune went No. 1 and set a record for the highest debut single from a new act when it started at No. 28 on the Country Aircheck chart.
The quartet then released “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” to slightly less fanfare. But if you think you know this band off those two songs, wait just a second. Their newest single, “Travelin’ Man,” and its accompanying video may surprise you.
Led by smoking harmonica and a driving train beat, “Travelin’ Man” channels southern rock favorites like The Black Crowes and even a hint of Skynyrd. From the growling guitars and spitfire vocals to the raucous backing vocals, “Travelin’ Man” shows a whole different side to A Thousand Horses.
The video aptly captures the band on the road. It’s a pretty cost-effective way to shoot a video, but it also makes a lot of sense for this song too.
From Texas favorites Whiskey Myers to Georgia rockers Blackberry Smoke, and now Nashville’s own A Thousand Horses, southern rock is making a serious comeback. The genre housed serious hitmakers in its prime, but it also gave us some fantastic country ballads.
Since country went through its rock transition, southern rockers actually sound a bit tame. Compared to people like Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert, A Thousand Horses lands on the softer side. But “Travelin’ Man” shows the band has the swagger and style to travel down the road The Black Crowes paved.