The amount of music that can escape you over time is amazing, but it’s beautiful when you rediscover an old band you haven’t listened to in years. 16 Horsepower just gave me that feeling last night after this song inexplicably popped into my head after what has to be at least 10 years. These guys were pioneers in the alt-country movement back in the early ’90s, so if you’re a fan of the genre, I highly recommend checking out 16 Horsepower.
16 Horsepower were a Denver-based alternative country band that revolved around the unique songwriting and singing of David Eugene Edwards. The band made its name with music that combined rural backwoods kitsch with edgy, off-kilter country-rock. Teaming up with drummer Jean-Yves Tola and bassist Pascal Humbert in the band’s original lineup, Edwards lost the latter member when the band relocated to Denver from California, adding Keven Soll to the roster instead. The group’s eponymous debut EP was released in 1995 on A&M Records and was followed a year later by the Sackcloth ‘N’ Ashes full-length, which featured a cameo from Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) on fiddle…[read more]