Originally hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls (Oshkosh, B’Gosh), the now Milwaukee-based band have cultivated a sensibility well beyond their years due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their front-woman and songwriter, Sarah Vos.
Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Vos’ backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Despite their youth, Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern roots music as it is by the classics.
Following the release of their sophomore album Space and Time in 2014, Dead Horses have toured tirelessly. From ballrooms to festivals, and most recently with a drummer in tow, Dead Horses have performed with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, and Elephant Revival, as well as on mainstages at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, WinterWonderGrass, Americana Music Festival, and Red Ants Pants.
At one such fateful festival, Dead Horses piqued the interest of Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) who later invited the band to his studio to record their latest album, Cartoon Moon. Featuring mandolin, organ, banjo, harmonium, and Coomer on drums, Cartoon Moon is a masterful achievement from a band that has come into its own.