Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Dead Horses front woman Sarah Vos’s backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. But despite its youth, the Milwaukee-based Americana duo has crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by the classics. Vos’s gospel—living free and unapologetically—is supported with conviction by Daniel Wolff on double bass.
With a sound that calls to mind everything from Joni Mitchell to Gillian Welch, Vos draws on a Biblical lexicon in her lyrics, but the gospel of Dead Horses belongs to no particular religion. Instead, these are songs of the people, stories of Vos’s own efforts to come to terms with her turbulent upbringing as well as stories of the men and women she grew up with in a rural America.
My Mother the Moon is Dead Horses’ third album, which NPR Music has described as “evocative, empathetic storytelling,” Rolling Stone has already called “a beautifully uncluttered collection of songs,” and No Depression has declared as “a lovely album” and notable upcoming roots music release. The album follows hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2016 release, Cartoon Moon, a record that prompted the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to declare Dead Horses a Band To Watch and earned them honors for “Best Album,” “Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist,” and “Best Female Vocalist” at the 2017 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards.
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