Horse Feathers, Live Session #74

by oz on July 14, 2010

Over the years, I’ve grown to love this band called Horse Feathers.‚  This marked their second visit to Shirk Music + Sound for a HearYa Live session (find the first session here) and we greeted them on the heels of the release of Thistled Spring, the band’s third LP.

The band is led by songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Justin Ringle and supported by multi-instrumentalists Nathan Crocket, Catherine Odell and Sam Cooper. Each band member is an incredible talent in their own right, and nowhere is it more apparent than on “Starving Robins.” In a live setting, I’m always amazed by Nathan, Catherine and Sam and their ability to change instruments on the fly. It’s a four-piece band creating the sound of a seven-piece orchestra.

In fact, “orchestra” is a word you’ll hear frequently in describing Horse Feathers. They are a folk band, but their sound is much more classical and elegant than the traditional folk fare. In reviewing their album, I used adjectives typically found in descriptions of wine: Full bodied. Balanced. Smooth. Mellow. Vigorous. Fruity. Elegant. Distinctive. I’d recommend pouring yourself a glass and let their music wash over you.

Horse Feathers Band Intro

Exclusive: Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring (Video: Vimeo | YouTube)

Exclusive: Horse Feathers – As A Ghost

Exclusive: Horse Feathers – Cascades

Exclusive: Horse Feathers – Starving Robins (Video: Vimeo | YouTube)

Download the session as a zip file.

Video: Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring (live at Shirk Music + Sound)

Video: Horse Feathers – Starving Robins (Live at Shirk Music and Sound)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

eloido July 13, 2010 at 11:27 am

Hi from Spain! I found your page and it is really nice!
I would like to invite you to my music blog! I hope you will have time to take a look and if you consider, to link each other.

The last video is amazing! I liked it!

Kind regards from the sunny Spain!!

Chris P. July 14, 2010 at 7:16 am

I am a big fan of these guys. Remarkable session.

Kya Knight July 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I love this post. Great music. Here’s a link to check out. 🙂

natalie July 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I love these guys! Nice post! Gracias por todo, love the videos 🙂 x

Woody July 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

That is stunning.

Sir Indie July 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I enjoyed your evaluation and description of the band…pretty interesting with the mix of “orchestra”.

You even made me listen to a couple songs that you posted on here because of your “thoroughness”. =)

Keep it up..


frankie July 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

This is great! When was this session recorded?

Tearrie J July 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This band is amazing! I don’t know why I haven’t heard of them before. I love the sound combination. They are really in a league of their own. Thanks for posting this one.

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