Gladden House Sessions 2018: Dead Horses

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Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff make up the acclaimed folk duo Dead Horses, who joined the Gladden House for a session on the last day of the Nelsonville Music Festival. The relaxed sound of the stripped-down set was fitting for the intimate crowd that gathered on the overcast Sunday afternoon. Sarah’s rich and evocative vocals, backed by Dan’s harmonies and upright bass, provided a captivating set that drew entirely from their latest album, My Mother the Moon. The three-song session demonstrated why their songwriting has earned Dead Horses accolades from critics and fans alike.

Before their performance, the duo talked with host Josh Antonuccio about their new album, which they released independently in April. The conversation delved into the recording and writing process for My Mother the Moon, as well as the band’s plans through the remainder of the year. The two started their set with “On and On” and “Swinger in the Trees,” with Vos and Wolff explaining that the latter was inspired by the Robert Frost poem “Birches.”  They finished up their session with “American Poor,” a stand-out track which delivered a blistering observation of struggle and survival in modern America.