A Thousand Horses brought a stable of southern rock tunes to the McGrath Amphitheater last night during the KHAK/Thomas Dostal Developers Freedom Festival concert. I was standing stage right as a "worker" for the show and checked out their groove. They were the third act of 5 leading up to the fireworks and stole the show. Proviso: I'm not really qualified to give my opinion on a Country festival. This band did catch my ear though.

They are a nine-piece featuring a southern rock style that reminded me of Black Crowes and Kid Rock, and singer Michael Hobby has a touch of Steve Earle in that delivery. They even did a Crowes cover, but "Remedy" would have been a better choice with those outstanding backup singers Kristen Rogers, Whitney Coleman and Brianne Angarole.

One of the calmest, nearly perfect weather patterns in a long time landed in a good spot for the holiday. The crowed donned patriotic garb, downed some cold beer and enjoyed delicious Wild Hogs and Za's meals while motorcycle envy took over during the Fleck Sales Harley giveaway.

Yep, A Thousand Horses was impressive. This coming from a guy who couldn't name a Country artist in a song sample test. Call it what you want, but that IS southern rock with a fiddle. 10KH will be headlining stadiums very soon.

Up next on our Townsquare Media live events calendar: The NewBo Music Festival August 8 with The National. Headlined by Young The Giant and Allen Stone, this show has a lot of buzz. Get your tickets to our 7-band jam, the first of it's kind at NewBo City Market.