Republic Nashville’s (Big Machine Label Group subsidiary) newly signed country music group A Thousand Horses is about to ride into the spotlight with the release of its debut single “Smoke” on January 19th. Though the men of A Thousand Horses are no strangers to the music industry, this will be their debut mainstream release, allowing the world to finally hear what its label saw in them from the moment they first met.
Defined as “country rock ‘n’ roll” and “a blues and booze infused cocktail of southern rock and country,” A Thousand Horses has been a group name that country music fans have heard for awhile, as the foursome opened for artists such as Darius Rucker, Kip Moore, and Blackberry Smoke. Their previous single “Drunk Dial” also cruised down Sirius XM’s The Highway over the summer, lending credence to the journey on which they were preparing to embark. Now, these country rockers with major record label support are ready to be the headlining act, pleading their case with the premiere of “Smoke,” their first single under Republic Nashville.
“Smoke” is a gritty slow-tempo song, comparing a woman to the toxicity and addicting nature of the contents and remnants of a cigarette. The lyrics tell the tale of an exhilarating, albeit somewhat unhealthy, obsession with a loved (or lusted) one that can only be likened to the lingering effects of the hard-to-break habit. In this non-smoker’s humble opinion, smoking has never sounded so sexy, as the comparisons drawn by A Thousand Horses are artistically sound and sensually delivered, making the sentiments of the lyrics less about negative aspects and more about the enjoyably stimulating components. The chorus croons:
She’s smoke, I pull her in nice and slow, she’s a habit and I can’t let go, blowing rings around my heart; the one she stole, watching her swing and roll, it’s killing me and I know you can’t stop her once you start. She’s smoke.
What makes A Thousand Horses a standout new mainstream act is they encompass the grainy and sultry sound of a slow rock group, coupled with the heartfelt pang and necessary twang of a good country song. Perhaps it is best stated on the group’s Big Machine artist page: “There are no gimmicks or pretensions here, just four guys whose affinity for music and a rough and tumble crowd make for Country ‘N’ Roll done right.”