Apache Trails, Black Horse Motel

Apache Trails

Black Horse Motel

Fri, January 12, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

Apache Trails
Apache Trails
They’re a band that promises nothing less than a rowdy, unbridled, and altogether good time that'll leave the soles of your feet singing a tune of their own. Featuring a thunderous double-bass slapping alongside, soulful lead guitar, a freight-train rhythm, and a howling lead vocal, Apache Trails might best be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, blues and whiskey.

In summer of 2014 Singer-Songwriter Jason Webb brought barely 3 songs to the attentive ears of friend and fellow musician Matthew Messattzia. Webb had recently departed from local rock and roll group The Hold-Up, in search of something a little more folk and with Messattzia’s help, the two began working to develop more of Webb’s original songs including ballads such as “Cricket in a Musicbox” and “Pushing On”. Both songs seemed to explore themes of romance and turmoil, conveyed through a need for strong acoustic instrumentation that would set the theme for the groups style of storytelling and song composition. Together the group adopted the name Apache Trails after the famous rocky road leading through Arizona’s mysterious Superstition Mountains, steeped in history and drenched myth, the name presented a constant muse for Webb’s writing.

After several line-up changes working with a variety of other local musicians, Apache Trails finally settled on their core 3 members with the addition of Webb’s cousin and drummer Jeremy Worthington formally of Pennsylvania funk group Bodega. In 2015 the group released their debut self-titled Ep recorded and engineered at Baby Snake Studios by Peter Scobell. The 6 track EP presented an exploration of Webb’s original songs which felt right at home within the Americana genre. The album in addition to being the group’s debut also provided the perfect opportunity for a much larger musical collaboration. Acting in the tradition of groups like that of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Apache Trails first album features guests from over 12 other local Delaware and Pennsylvania bands lending their talents to guitar, vocals, piano, and drums.

Now in their 3rd year, the group has since received radio airplay with live performances and music featured on WSTW’s Hometown Heroes and Philadelphia’s 88.5 WXPN. Apache Trails has had the wonderful opportunity to perform at a variety of venues and festivals throughout the east coast including The Philadelphia Folk Festival( PA), Musikfest (PA), Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Avalon Theater (MD), The Queen Theater(DE), Boot and Saddle (PA), and World Café Live (PA).
Black Horse Motel
Black Horse Motel
Philadelphia's Black Horse Motel draws on traditional folk and Americana roots, blends in rock, country, and other influences, and ties it together with rich vocal harmonies. Songs are built on the foundations of folk instrumentation and lyrics, and are elevated by an infectious blend of guitars, strings, drums and voices. The resulting sound is heart-breaking, foot-stomping modern folk.

In 2012, Black Horse Motel offered their first recording; a self-titled EP. They followed up with their debut full-length LP, Red Summer Spirit. The record released on March 1, 2013 to a sold-out crowd at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia.

The next three years brought several lineup changes while the group continued to hone their sound and expand their fan base. The current 4-piece group is made up of Desiree Haney(cello/keys/vocals), Megan Manning (drums/percussion, vocals), Galen Fitzpatrick (guitar/dobro/vocals), and Ryann Lynch (fiddle/vocals).

In April of 2016, armed with a batch of fresh songs, the group headed into the famed Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. Teamed again with producer/engineer Ron DiSilvestro, the band recorded major tracks in 2 days. Overdubs and additional recordings were also done at Forge Recording in Oreland, PA. Finally, the finished product was mastered by the one and only Phil Nicolo.

After a successful PledgeMusic campaign, the band released their new 5-song EP, Parable, to major online outlets on January 13, 2017.

Black Horse Motel has performed at the Dewey Beach Music Conference and Dewey Beach Americana Festival in Dewey Beach, DE, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Xtreme Folk Festival in Telford, PA, and the famed Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, PA. The group has also performed at many of Philadelphia’s popular venues, including World Cafe Live, Kung Fu Necktie, Tin Angel, and Boot & Saddle. The group has begun spreading their sound to the greater Philadelphia area, with performances in Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Phoenixville, New Hope, and Wilkes-Barre, as well as at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Union Hall in Brooklyn. Black Horse Motel has been featured as live performers on several radio programs, including Delaware’s WSTW Hometown Heroes show, The Folk Show on WXPN, Folkadelphia on XPN2, and Y-Not Radio.
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348
http://www.kennettflash.org