Wild Heaven Presents:
Strung Like A Horse
with Blood on the Harp
The Garden Club at Wild Heaven - West End
Strung Like a Horse is known for their signature brand of Americana, distilled from old-school storytelling, newgrass instrumentations, and alt-rock edge. Mississippi-bred, Chattanooga-based frontman Clayton Maselle brings the influences of John Hartford, Split Lip Rayfield, Danny Barnes, The Band, Violent Femmes, and Old Crow Medicine Show to his singular songs. Their authenticity, high energy, and great fondness for a good time have made the band’s live shows a cult favorite. Strung’s first studio album, WHOA!, produced by multiple Grammy-winner Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Margo Price, Josh Ritter), will be released on Transoceanic Records in early 2020.
Noted by Amos Perrine in No Depression as among the “Best New Music” at AmericanaFest 2018 and on his "Don't Miss" list for AmericanaFest 2019, Strung will also be performing an official showcase at AmericanaFest UK 2020 in London. The band tours year-round, performing up to 100 shows a year, including Bonnaroo (labeled "Best Band Name"), Suwanee Roots, Wildwood Revival, Rhythm & Blooms, Summer Camp, Music City Roots, Scene City Roots, HartfordFest, LibertyFest, NAMM, Road to Nightfall (winning act), Moon River Music Festival (launch party), Get Off the Grid Fest, and Jam in the Van. They have toured on the road or performed with Old Crow Medicine Show, Shooter Jennings, Nicki Bluhm, Del McCoury, Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Sam Bush, War, Lera Lynn, Honey Honey, and Hot Buttered Rum. Sam Bush remarked, after they opened for him, that the five-piece band's full-tilt set "makes me sound like Bill Monroe."
Full band lineup includes: Clay (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin), “Crispy” (drums, bells, percussion), Tyler Martelli (lead guitars, piano, organ, keyboard, mandolin), “Danimal” (upright double bass, electric bass, lap steel guitar), Ben Crawford (banjo), and Paddy King (fiddle, cello).
Blood on the Harp
Steeped in old time Appalachian music with notes of classic country and rock & roll, deep-fried with the eerie cold shoulder of death and despair, Atlanta’s six piece Americana/Southern Gothic band Blood On The Harp dons their blackest attire and darkens the door of Atlanta’s music scene. Ghost(s) Vol. 1, the band’s freshman release, showcases the group’s beginning as a five piece string band. Release number two, the appropriately named Ghost(s) Vol. 2, hears the band progress from haunting string band to the six genre bending pallbearers of modern country music.
Blood On The Harp exudes an intense energy on stage. Christopher Salmon wafts the sounds of nostalgic, rhythmic banjo solos and shredding fiddle parts, while guitar player Chris Johnson fuels the third harmony of dark duet Miguel Olascuaga and Keena Graham. Keena’s soul-drenched arias dance with Miguel’s tenor croon, giving voice to the oft wordless pain that living requires. Robert Green’s aggressive upright bass lines and the merciless pounding of Sam Adam’s drums leave no head unturned, and as the band assaults the stage in unison, Blood On The Harp’s message is delivered to the listener in no uncertain terms.