Nashville’s South bar was packed with industry executives, friends and family to celebrate the writers of “Smoke,” the first #1 hit by Big Machine Label Group’s A Thousand Horses. From their debut album, Southernality, the track was written by ATH’s Michael Hobby (BMI), Ross Copperman (BMI), and Jon Nite (ASCAP). “Smoke” hit the top of the Mediabase and Billboard Country charts this summer and is also RIAA certified-GOLD. The hit made Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist’s first single. They also became the first band (with at least three members) to send a debut single to #1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart this decade.
With Michael Hobby leading vocals, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass, the band initially gained momentum, playing clubs across the South. Rolling Stone Country hailed the foursome as the Best Up-and-Comer at 2014’s Austin City Limits and USA Today named them one of 2015’s Artists to Watch and an On the Verge Artist. Their first album on the Big Machine Label Group, Southernality, is now available on iTunes. The band was also recently nominated for a CMT Music Award for “Group Video of the Year” for their hit single “Smoke.” A Thousand Horses is currently on the road with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour. For more information and tour dates, visit www.athousandhorses.com.
Photo Above: Pictured: (L-R): (back row): ASCAP’s Jon Nite, ATH’s Graham Deloach, Zach Brown, and Bill Satcher, BMLG’s Katherine Susemichael, Kelsey Hamrick, and Andrew Thoen. (Front row): BMLG’s Matthew Hargis, BMI’s Ross Copperman, BMLG’s John Zarling, ATH’s Michael Hobby, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Jimmy Harnen, Stacy Blythe and Angie Coonrod