Dead Horses @ Midpoint Music Festival
4:15pm, WNKU Stage
Originally hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls (Oshkosh, B’Gosh), the now Milwaukee-based trio have traversed most of the Great Lakes on the road to becoming acclaimed national touring artists. Since their formation in 2010, Dead Horses have cultivated a roots sensibility well beyond their years due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman 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. Vos’ gospel, living free and unapologetically, is supported with conviction by Peter Raboin on mandolin and guitar, and Daniel Wolff on double bass. Despite their youth, Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk 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, 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 third album, Cartoon Moon. Featuring organ, banjo, harmonium, and Coomer on drums, the forthcoming September 2016 album is a masterful achievement from a band that has come into its own.