The Trophy Mules combine rock, classic country and folk elements to deliver a distinctive and timeless collection of material that stretches across musical boundaries.
The St. Louis band released a six-song effort titled “Sunset Collapse” in 2016. The EP is available by digital download through most online music retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. The physical CD is available for purchase at www.CDBaby.com, at the band’s live shows, and also at select St. Louis area record stores (Vintage Vinyl, Euclid Records, Music Record Shop).
“Sunset Collapse” features the evocative, honest Midwestern songwriting of veteran St. Louis musician Corey Saathoff, set to the powerful cosmic Americana sounds of his seasoned band. Both melancholic and uplifting spikes of mandolin and swirling pedal steel blend together with a hybrid of 1960s-era folk rock guitars and organ and classic country fiddle to capture the essence of Saathoff’s colorful lyrical imagery.
Saathoff fronted original St. Louis acts Jerkwater Junction and Brain Regiment prior to forming The Trophy Mules in 2009 with mandolin/guitar player Larry Rosenhoffer. Rounding out the current band lineup is Scott Swartz (The Linemen, Prairie Rehab) on pedal steel, Kevin Schofield (North of the Quarter) on bass and Michael Rose (Stillwater, Leadville) on drums. Others performing on “Sunset Collapse” include fiddle player Matt McGibany, contributing Trophy Mules guitarist Shane Maue, longtime Trophy Mules bassist Dan Huffman and former Trophy Mules drummer Dave Clark, now with The Schwag.
“Sunset Collapse” was recorded, mixed and produced by Swartz at his home studio in Chesterfield, Mo., over the past two years. The album’s signature track, “Valmeyer,” is used in the credits of the 2014 film “Valmeyer, IL: The Documentary,” which can be viewed on YouTube. A video for the song can also be found on YouTube.
The Trophy Mules released their debut full-length album “Sorry Motel” in 2013, receiving several spins on KDHX 88.1 FM in St. Louis and other stations. The Riverfront Times praised the band's music as "exceptionally well-played, pleasant country/Americana." The song “Marigold Life” was named 2013 Song of the Year by KDHX DJ Pat Wolfe. Another tune from that album, “Slow Southern Rain,” was nominated in the Riverfront Times Readers’ Choice Poll for “Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months.” In 2014, the band was nominated for a Riverfront Times Music Award in the category of “folk-country.”
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The Trophy Mules have performed as part of the Rock 'N Roll St. Louis Marathon (2011-2014), TOCO Music Fest (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), Twangfest (2009), Play:STL Fest (2009) and Lil's Country Fest (2010), and have opened for such national and regional acts as Shooter Jennings, Chris Knight, Webb Wilder, Sons of Bill, American Aquarium, Deadstring Brothers and Star & Micey.