DARK HORSE MUSIC GROUP    A DIVISION OF DARK HORSE INSTITUTE    WWW.DARKHORSEMUSICGROUP.COM
The Factory   230 Franklin Road   Bldg. 14A  Franklin,TN   37064   615.791.7020   darkhorsemusicgroup@gmail.com

Shadow and the Mountain is made up of four close friends who simply love to play music. Living in Tulsa Oklahoma, Shadow and the Mountain is constantly experimenting with music and attempting to create a one of a kind sound. The band is made of Andrew Davis, DaCoda Buchner, Thomas Young, and Neil Sparks. Each member is widely influenced by completely different styles of music, allowing more styles to be thrown into their sound. A song can go from a reggae groove, into a poppy jam, even to blues

Matt Koziol, age 21, is no stranger to the sounds of what most consider “the golden years of music.” Born in Linden, New Jersey, he grew up listening to the world around him. Every sound that came out of the radio or tape deck flavored his music. Elvis was one of his largest influences growing up. “I really didn’t know who he was until I was older, but I knew his name, and his music. At the age of 3, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

Originally from a small suburb outside of Youngstown, OH, singer-songwriter Jordan DePaul moved to Nashville, TN in January of 2013, and quickly made his presence known with his mix of Folk, Country, Americana and Indie-Rock. Seeing him perform live is an unforgettable experience; yet it’s Jordan’s lyrical honesty and the yearning passion in his voice that allows listeners to quickly relate to his music.

It’s rare you find a married music duo that adheres to none of the married-duo-cliches. Carolina Story writes and performs songs, knowing that there are enough love songs on earth. They evoke the blue collar man and woman, because that’s exactly who they are. From their genesis, they have crafted their sound to be a perfect mix of the lyrical grit and wit of Hank Williams Sr. and the tender atmosphere of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams.

Jason Eskridge was born and grew up in Rockwood, TN. After high school he attended college and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college he accepted an engineering job in Huntsville, AL where he worked for approximately a year and a half. During that time Jason could never shake his passion to make music. So he packed up, left Huntsville, and moved to Nashville, TN where he currently resides with his family.

Mike Ryan is a singer/songwriter with a knack for pairing lyrics with music that breathe life into a song. Though Mike would tell you “I’ve still got some road to travel as a writer,” many will argue he’s already established himself when it comes to penning clever new tunes. Smooth and soulful, he has uncommon vocal ability. With the upcoming release of his sophomore album, Bad Reputation, Ryan proves his ability to craft a good lyric in addition to breathing life into a song

After a successful release of his EP “A Place to Cross” in April of 2015, Jackson set out out on a local campaign to get his music to as many ears in Saint Louis as possible. This resulted in two television and two radio appearances, in addition to 88 live shows between the release of the EP in April, and the end of 2015.

A rock ‘n’ roll band from Nashville, TN influenced by the songs and sounds of The Wild Feathers, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, Drive-By Trucks, etc. Heathen Sons has been on the road with bands such as Turnpike Troubadours, Will Hoge, Future Thieves to name a few. There upcoming debut record will be coming out late summer

Specializing in a unique blend of post-prog intellect and anthemic pop sensibilities, Flyco consists of brothers Rob, Jay, and Thom Griffith, as well as Austin Gray and Taylor Hare. Nashville's least ironic band, Flyco want you to like them and to feel good about yourself.

" I am a singer songwriter and I am currently in the studio working on my second album which will be released in the fall of 2016! I am all about Women Empowerment! I believe it is so important to utilize my influence to make a difference in the world and in the lives of those around me."

The Saturns is a multi-genre band from Nashville, TN formed in 2014. Influenced by the sounds of early rock 'n roll, blue eyed-soul, and Brill Building songs, these boys are sure to deliver an exciting, energetic set of MAXIMUM rock 'n roll.

Sleep Nation hails from the Music City with remembrance of rock heroes from decades past with their eyes set on the future. The lead vocalist and drummer drafted the project in 2010. This alternative rock outfit has opened for nationally touring acts Adema and Sponge.

Known for her Scatting and Jazzy Styling, Nashville-based songwriter and jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins has a vocal texture that encompasses high spirited tones of nostalgic and temporary jazz. She incorporates her gospel roots into her soulful performances.

DeRobert & The Half-Truths are the house band for Nashville, TN raw funk label G.E.D. Soul Records. The Half-Truths got their start in 2007 as a collection of studio musicians lending their talent to the fledgling G.E.D. Soul recording operation. It was with the addition of DeRobert Adams and his impressive broad range of vocal skills that the band began to solidify into the soul powerhouse it is today.

As a true holder of the title "Okie from Muskogee," Wesley Michael Hayes grew up a country boy with a passion for sports and music. Working to promote his first single, “Love In Pictures,” to Texas Radio and planning the release of the EP, BENT, Hayes is a self-described “underdog who loves going against the grain and doing things that others are afraid to do.” Having lived a “broken and patched life” that includes all the trappings of a true country song.

There are not enough words to describe the intrinsic chemistry Kim and Scott Collins possess. The duo, better known as The Smoking Flowers, have discovered what some duos spend their entire careers trying to find: a fascinating marriage between artistic talent and subtle sensuality that pierces the attention of anyone in the same room as them. The Collins’ have devoted their entire lives to music, and the second their wild feet touch the stage they exude just how tenured they truly are.

Ghost Town Blues Band

Some say they are from Memphis but GTBB's members were actually born and raised in Memphis, TN. Beale Street’s latest success story, BBMA 2015 Nominee for “Best Blues Band and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their hip-hop trombone player.

Leah Sykes

Recording at Dark Horse, April 26-29

Buffalo Rodeo

Buffalo Rodeo is a band from Bowling Green KY who, when they’re not making music, like to play volleyball, hit grounders, and ride minibikes. If you like what you hear, email them at BUFFALORODEO@GMAIL.COM or message them at FACEBOOK.COM/BUFFALORODEO. “We love playing house shows and traveling so book us somewhere near you!”

The Aquaducks

The Aquaducks stand out as a high octane funk and soul band among the twangy accents one is apt to find in the city where country music is king. The Ducks first caught the attention of local Nashville radio station Lightning 100 for the release of the EP “Open Season”. Combining catchy hooks with impressive instrumental work L100 dubbed the band artist of the week alongside other local bands The Delta Saints, Alanna Royale and Goodbye June.

Chariot the Moon

Chariot the Moon is a progressive metal band heavily influenced by video games, friendship and metal.

Bela Kawalec 

Nashville’s own, Bela Kawalec is a singer songwriter with a warm voice that gives you the comfort of home. On 8/5/15, she blew away the crowd with her performance at Music City Roots of her song “Picture On the Wall”. Bela’s raw talent and story telling in her song’s captivates audiences from all walks of life. Don't take my word for it, check her out.

Nashville’s Two Way Crossing has been heating things up on stage and getting buzz in the industry with their recent MUSIC ROW TOP 40 radio single “Car Trouble.” Two Way Crossing originally BEGAN as simply a duo comprised of Jenny and Blake Marvin.  Jenny and Blake recorded their debut EP in Nashville, TN and they decided to make the move to music city shortly after to  further pursue their music career.

Burchfield has been developing his skills as a musician and song writer for a decade. Growing up in Seneca, South Carolina, Sam played coffee shops and other small venues before eventually moving to Athens, Georgia, to further his musical career and to attend the University of Georgia.

ForeverandNever have had their highs and lows since coming together in late 2008. After some management trouble, followed by a hiatus, reemergence and eventual relocation from small-town Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, the band have grown a great deal....READ MORE

Rising from the humid depths of the deep south, five brothers found each other and put forth an idea. An idea of a certain sound that will bring everyone together for the good times and the bad. A certain sound that will compliment every aspect musical tastes one could comprehend. Through many years of exploration and journey, that sound became known as Plant The Waters.

Growing up in the many eccentricities of Mississippi, Light Beam Rider has sculpted a sound unlike any southern band before them on their new album "A Place to Sleep among the Creeps, which they recorded in the woods of Water Valley, MS with Mississippi native Winn McElroy (who has also recorded The Weeks who are on the Kings of Leon’s Serpent & Snakes label, and grammy award winner Jimbo Mathus). 

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