A Thousand Horses recently released their new song “Preachin’ To The Choir,” the lead single from their sophomore album with Big Machine Label Group (BMLG). The chart-topping band consists of Michael Hobby on lead vocals, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar, and Graham Deloach on bass.
The band was also recently nominated for an ACM award under the category of new vocal duo or group of the year.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Bill Satcher about their new single and current successes, as well as what he hopes for the future of the band.
What was the inspiration behind your new single “Preachin’ To The Choir”? What is the message behind it that you hope your audience understands?
“Preachin’ To The Choir” is a song that has been deemed a kind of “Working Man’s Anthem.” The lyrics relate to all of us a lot and we think to our fans that we have met along the way as well. I know for me, personally, my mother a was a nurse and a school teacher and my dad was a textile worker and small business owner. So it reminds me of how I grew up and also how a lot of our friends lived growing up in small town Newberry, SC.
What is something you hope for A Thousand Horses to accomplish in the next year?
We can’t wait to get some more new music out, play some more shows, meet some new fans. We have a live acoustic vinyl album coming out soon. I can’t wait for people to hear that. It will have some new songs on it as well as a different take on some songs off of our debut album Southernality. We have a brand new live show we are working on with some cool new moments and songs. I think our goal is just to continue to grow as a band and make some great music.
How do you feel about being nominated for the ACM awards for the “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year” category?
Being nominated is an incredible honor. We started this band in 2010 and since then have had quite the ride. Just like anything, some days are better than others. We started in a 15-passenger van, just us, traveling the country playing clubs, driving all night to keep up with the headliner’s tour buses or cramming five guys into a used hotel room someone would let us sleep in overnight to help us save money. Sleeping on the streets in the bar district in Toronto in a van with no heat during a blizzard because we were too broke to even afford the dollar menu. Haha. It’s been a lot of fun. But, to think back on all that time and now everything we’ve been lucky enough to do, being nominated for something as special as an ACM is unbelievable and we couldn’t be more thankful.
What is something important to A Thousand Horses in terms of your brand?
A Thousand Horses has always just done us, ya know? We have never really cared about any other trend that was going on around us. We just keep our head down and focused on the music we want to make. I think our fans appreciate that. My favorite bands and artists have always been the ones I really believed. Great art is usually honest art. And every song we sing or write, comes from a place where we lived it either in the past or currently every day. We eat, sleep and breathe A Thousand Horses.
I know that you just recently toured with Jason Aldean. What are your plans for touring in the future?
This summer we will be out playing a lot of fairs and festivals, as well as headlining our own shows. You can check out www.athousandhorses.com to see if we’ll be coming around to your area as we expect more shows to be added regularly.
What do you all love to do when you aren’t performing?
We all have a few hobbies we like to keep us busy while we aren’t out performing. I really enjoy grilling out and cooking at home and listening to music. I know Graham really likes to camp out, hike and do the whole outdoors thing, Michael enjoys vintage guitars and cars and Zach likes woodworking. All in all though, music is our hobby. Not to sound cliché but when we weren’t having to work day jobs to make ends meet — we were all always playing, writing or listening to music. Now we just get to do what we love for a living and we plan on doing it for a long time.