After many years of performing with various bands like The Backwoods Revue', Rootstand, The Family Tree, and several other projects Grant Jacobus decided to revive a band name from his past and The Traveling Horse Club was reborn. Over the years Grant has enjoyed playing guitar & piano and sharing bills with the likes of Melvin Seas & JGB, Railroad Earth, Tony Rice, Del McCory Band, Drew Emmett from Leftover Salmon, and many others. Now Grant is bringing together a line up that has the majority of the band with strong vocals.
One new member of The Traveling Horse Club is Bree Saunders playing guitar & vocals, Bree is reminiscent of John Prine crossed with The Man in Black Johnny Cash. Bree's folk music sensibilities are as if he has been bottle fed folk music since birth. Performing comes natural to Bree Saunders and it shows.
Also playing guitar & among those strong vocals is Derek Winters. Derek brings a funky edge, sort of a cross of Dave Mathews & David Burn. As with Bree, performing seems to come natural to Derek. Derek's style of playing melds well with the band while taking on playing lead guitar duties.
If you have yet to catch a Traveling Horse Club performance, I highly recommend that you do, once you see THC play, you will agree when I say to you Ashly Christopher is going to drop your jaw. Ashly's voice is that of a fifty something year old black woman who has smoked cigarettes, and consumed cheap whiskey for most of those years that has been stuffed into this tiny little white girl from Northern MIchigan. Ashly's voice makes one think of someone who has lived through traveling only the roughest of roads for many years and now sings her heart out. Ashley's voice will move you there is no doubt. Now if for nothing else than to see her sing you need to check out this band.
Matt Zimmermen is playing mandolin and putting down some vocals as well. Matt brings a youthful spirit to the band which adds the exact dynamic the band needed. Matt is young and full of energy and it comes out in his playing. The energy Matt puts into his playing makes you notice the true musician Matt is.
Joey Fatal plays drums keeping the band together and churning right along. Joey lays down a solid groove and is a straight forward drummer. Joey has played with Grant & Derek in different projects over the years which interjects a comfortable core to the music.
Recently several bassists have been rehearsing with the band and you may see different people putting the bass in its place at THC shows. Some great players that have been playing with THC from time to time and who the band would like to thank are Caul from Eminor, Ralph, as well as some other faces that have been seen in the bassist spot so keep an eye out and an ear to it too cause you never know who might pop up.
Seven band members allows The Traveling Horse Club a very big sound. Most often simplicity with heart & depth brings out the true essence of The Traveling Horse Club to shine.The vocals seem to stand out with this band. A total of 5 band members lie down vocal tracks blending the parts into a whole. Its been a long time since a band with this vocal strength and does not come along often.
The Traveling Horse Club is starting a brand new era and you can become a part of it! Once you have logged on to The Official Traveling Horse Club website you can sign up for the bands official THC E-Mail List* and even join the THC Street Team for your area. Street Teams help promote the band by hanging posters, passing out flyers, and other stuff. From time to time The Official Traveling Horse Club Street Teams host various events, parties, get togethers, scavenger hunts, ho-downs, jamborees. You could win all kinds of cool stuff simply by participating and having a great time.
(*The Traveling Horse Club nor anyone associated with The Traveling Horse Club will sell, share, give, trade, or in anyway intentionally misuse your email address or any information you may provide to THC by way of Street Teams or The THC E-Mail List.)