Apache Trails, Black Horse Motel

Apache Trails

Black Horse Motel

Fri, January 12, 2018

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

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. This musical arrangement might best be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, blues and whiskey. Apache Trails are Jason Webb(vox/guitar), Matthew Messatzzia (bass), and Jeremy Worthington(drums), backed with accompaniment from a phenomenal cast of rotating artists on instruments including but not limited to guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, and fiddle.

The group began in summer of 2014 when singer-songwriter, Jason Webb brought 3 original songs to the attentive ears of friend and fellow musician Matthew Messatzzia. Together they 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 an instant muse for Webb’s writing as reflected in songs like “Superstitions, Rumors, Notions” and “Hope at the Well” off of the band’s 2015 Ep recorded and engineered at Baby Snake Studios by Peter Scobell. The 6 track EP presents a collection of songs that helped to comfortably seat the group within the Americana genre.

The self-titled album in addition to being the group’s debut also provided the perfect opportunity for a much larger musical effort featuring collaboration with guests from over 12 other local Delaware and Pennsylvania bands including Michael Davis of The Bullets, Devin Zito of The Hold-Up, Gordon Lippincott of Mad-Sweet Pangs, and James Dukenfield of New Sweden lending their talents on guitar, Emma Sue Webb and The Splashing Pearls on backing vocals, David Berry of The Sin City Band on piano, and Clinton Hoffman drums.

Now in their 3rd year, what had started as 3 songs has since grown into hours worth of original material. Apache Trails has been featured on local radio receiving airplay on Philadelphia’s 88.5 WXPN and performed live in-studio for shows like 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes. They have had the wonderful opportunity to perform at a variety of venues and festivals throughout the east coast including the long running 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