Dead Horses with special guest Adda Boyd

Live Music: Modern indie folk

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The Matthews and Spread the Tunes are excited to announce that Dead Horses will perform at the Matthews Opera House for one-night-only on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 pm!

About Dead Horses

The union of Sarah Vos’ emotive songwriting and Dan Wolff’s bass playing transcends the singer-songwriter-with-backup-musicians paradigm. Dan’s adventurous musicality equally shines alongside Sarah’s songwriting sensibility. To date, Dead Horses has released three albums, two of which have been produced by Ken Coomer of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, an Audiotree Live Session, three singles, and a five-song EP.

Since the band’s early days, Dead Horses has been something of a fluid project centered around Sarah and Dan but has also welcomed other like minded musicians for recording and touring. Two of the band’s original members ultimately left the group due to opioid addictions (“I still see the pawn shop sticker every time I look at my guitar tuner,” remembers Vos), but the Dead Horses moniker the pair created as a tribute to a friend who’d overdosed from heroin stuck even after their departure. To this end, Vos says, “Our music is about hope and joy, all while sharing an important message that you’re never alone in your battles.”

This compassion is hard won. At 15, Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, she lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor.

“My older brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and my twin had mental illnesses and cognitive disabilities,” explains Vos. “When the church kicked us out, they basically told my dad, ‘If you can’t lead your family, how can you lead your church?’ At the time we were expelled, we lived in the church’s parish house,” explains Vos. “Suddenly, my father was unemployed and my family was homeless. My parents couldn’t afford insurance for the medical care my siblings needed. We were kicked out and completely abandoned. One of the hardest things in life is watching your family suffer, to be so close but unable to ease their pain. Visiting my siblings in psych wards hurt me in a way that I’m still not sure I’ve made sense of. While I can look back now and say that it maybe wasn’t conducive to me developing in a healthy way as a young person, I can see that it instilled such a sense of empathy in me.”

By the time Vos turned 18, her family had begun to get back on their feet and she headed to Milwaukee for college, and there, came to terms with revelations about her sexuality that her religious upbringing had forced her to repress. The mix of freedom and relief and shame and guilt was overwhelming, and a depressive breakdown ensued.

“I couldn’t take care of myself,” she remembers. “I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t do anything. I stopped going to classes, and then I dropped out altogether and moved back home to Oshkosh. That’s where I met Dan.”

When bassist Wolff and Vos first started playing music together, she felt as if the clouds had finally parted. Vos, introduced songs she’d been writing since high school open mics, Wolff learned a new instrument for the band (the double bass), and within months, they had earned a devoted local following. Initially, Sarah and Dan resided in different musical spheres. Sarah was at a singer-songwriter vantage point, whereas Dan had previously played in punk bands, but the two quickly bonded over their shared adoration of folk music and upbringings in the church. Regular gigs led to steady residencies led to regional touring and their first recordings.

About their latest album “Brady Street”

Milwaukee’s eclectic Brady Street neighborhood inspired the title for latest album by the Dead Horses, who are releasing their new album on August 12. Blending elements of traditional roots with modern indie folk, Dead Horses are both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in their portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in their unshakable faith in brighter days to come. The reflective track, with frontwoman Sarah Vos (vocals, guitar) providing her own backing harmonies and Dan Wolff (upright bass) providing the gently rolling bass line, is an ode to their colorful, free-spirited stomping grounds. They have built a huge streaming following (the album’s eponymous first single is currently on Fresh Folk, Roots Revival and more).
 
Brady Street is the long overdue follow-up to the band’s arresting 2018 album, My Mother The Moon, which landed on multiple high-profile playlists — the single “Turntable” has accrued more than 38 millions Spotify streams — and found the pair profiled in Billboard, Noisey, and independent global news publication Democracy Now, as well as being a Rolling Stone “Artist You Should Know.” While they recorded in Nashville for their last album, working with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), the pair decided to stick to their rural Wisconsin roots for the Brady Street sessions, choosing to record at Honeytone Studios in Neenah, Wisconsin on Lake Winnebego.

Where can you find them next?

TOUR DATES (full band shows):

SAT, JUL 16 MANITOWOC, WI – ACOUSTIC FEST
THU, JUL 21 MINTURN, CO – MINTURN CONCERT SERIES
SAT, JUL 23 CAMBRIDGE, WI – MIDWEST FIRE FEST
FRI, AUG 12 MILWAUKEE, WI – TURNER HALL BALLROOM
SAT, AUG 13 CHICAGO, IL – HIDEOUT
SUN, AUG 14 DES MOINES, IA – XBK
THU, AUG 25 ST. LOUIS, MO – OLD ROCK HOUSE
FRI, AUG 26 FAYETTEVILLE, AR – FAYETTEVILLE ROOTS FESTIVAL
SAT, AUG 27 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – PONY BOY OKC
SUN, AUG 28 LAWRENCE, KS – THE BOTTLENECK
TUE, SEP 6 SIOUX CITY, IA – VANGARDE ARTS
WED, SEP 7 SPEARFISH, SD – MATTHEWS OPERA HOUSE
THU, SEP 8 DENVER, CO – GLOBE HALL
FRI, SEP 9 TELLURIDE, CO – MUSIC ON THE GREEN
TUE, SEP 13 NASHVILLE, TN – AMERICANAFEST
FRI, SEP 16 LA CROSSE, WI – MID WEST MUSIC FEST – Dead Horses will headline at the Cavalier Theatre
SAT, SEP 17 EAU CLAIRE, WI – JAMF THEATRE PABLO CENTER
SUN, SEP 18 ST. PAUL, MN – TURF CLUB
FRI, SEP 23 WINONA, MN – BOATS & BLUEGRASS
SAT, SEP 17 EAU CLAIRE, WI – JAMF THEATRE PABLO CENTER
SUN, SEP 18 ST. PAUL, MN – TURF CLUB
FRI, SEP 23 WINONA, MN – BOATS & BLUEGRASS
FRI, SEP 30 AURORA, IL – THE VENUE
SUN, OCT 2 INDIANAPOLIS, IN – WHITE RABBIT CABARET
TUE, OCT 4 COLUMBUS, OH – RUMBA CAFE
WED, OCT 5 PENINSULA, OH – THE G.A.R. HALL
THU, OCT 6 PITTSBURGH, PA – CLUB CAFE
FRI, OCT 7 BROOKLYN, NY – UNION POOL
SAT, OCT 8 CAMBRIDGE, MA – ATWOOD’S TAVERN
SUN, OCT 9 PHILADELPHIA, PA – THE LOFT @ CITY WINERY
WED, OCT 12 WASHINGTON, DC – DC9
THU, OCT 13 CARRBORO, NC – CAT’S CRADLE BACKROOM
FRI, OCT 14 CHARLOTTE, NC – THE EVENING MUSE

Details

Date and Time:

Date:

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Time:

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cost:

$15 Advance; $20 Day of Show

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Location

612 Main Street
Spearfish, 57783 United States
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Phone:
605-642-7973
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