Songs About Horses, Opinions on Lucy Dacus & Torres

And they're off! In honor of the Kentucky Derby, it seemed like the perfect time to explore a relatively common theme in music - horses. Jim and Greg discuss why these majestic animals cross genres from soul to rock and roll. They‘ll also share some of their favorite tracks about stallions, mares, ponies and more. Plus, they’ll review the sophomore album from indie singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus and artist Torres shares what song got her Hooked on Sonics.

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Songs About Horses

The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner and Jim and Greg have horses on the brain! It got them thinking about how prominent these creatures are in music across genres. The hosts and some Sound Opinions listeners share their favorite tracks about ponies, mares, stallions and more.

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Lucy Dacus Historian

Lucy Dacus made a big splash with her first release, 2016's No Burden. Historian is the sophomore album from the indie singer-songwriter, who delivers the same thoughtful lyrics and quiet moments. According to Greg, one of the standout tracks on this album is "Pillar of Truth."“Pillar”clocks in at over 7 minutes and“just builds and builds to that moment when Dacus raises her voice for basically the first and only time on the album.”Greg adds that though No Burden got a lot of acclaim, "Historian is a better album." He gives it an enthusiastic Buy It. Jim concedes that he also“loves when the songs build, but he wants the whole album to be that way.”He says that there are great lines, but he doesn't“share the level of enthusiam”[that Greg has for the record]. Jim gives the album a Try It.


Hooked On Sonics: Torres

Torres "The first time I heard that song, it was one of those drop everything kind of moments" is how singer and songwriter Mackenzie Scott - AKA Torres - explains the moment she heard "The Phantom of the Opera." For our occasional series Hooked on Sonics, we talk with musicians about the song that inspired them to start singing, pick up an instrument, or write a song. When Torres first heard this work by Andrew Lloyd Weber around the age of 14,“something flipped”and she wanted to sing. She says the pairing of melody and harsh sounds in Phantom is something she tries to capture in her own music.

Featured Songs

  1. Lucy Dacus, Night Shift, Historian, Matador, 2018
  2. America, A Horse With No Name, America, Warner Bros., 1971
  3. The Byrds, Chestnut Mare, (Untitled), Columbia, 1970
  4. The Handsome Family, Pony, Odessa, Carrot Top, 1994
  5. Eddie Money, Gimme Some Water, Life for the Taking, Columbia, 1979
  6. CQMD, Horses, Cuisine Non-Stop, Luaka Bop, 2001
  7. Laid Back, White Horse (U.S. Edit), Keep Smiling, English, 1983
  8. Wilson Pickett, Mustang Sally, The Wicked Pickett, Atlantic, 1966
  9. Ginuwine, Pony, The Bachelor, 550 Music, 1996
  10. Cowboy Junkies, A Horse In The Country, Black Eyed Man, RCA, 1992
  11. The Deftones, Swerve City, Koi No Yokan, Reprise, 2012
  12. Belle & Sebastian, Judy and the Dream of Horses, If You're Feeling Sinister, Jeepster, 1996
  13. Mo Thugs Family, Ghetto Cowboy, Chapter II: Family Reunion, Relativity, 1998
  14. The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses, Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971
  15. The Intruders, (Win, Place or Show) She's a Winner, (Win, Place or Show) She's A Winner (single), Gamble, 1972
  16. Lucy Dacus, Pillar Of Truth, Historian, Matador, 2018
  17. Lucy Dacus, The Shell, Historian, Matador, 2018
  18. Lucy Dacus, Next of Kin, Historian, Matador, 2018
  19. Torres, Three Futures, Three Futures, 4AD, 2017
  20. Phantom Of The Opera Original London Cast & Michael Reed, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Phantom Of The Opera (Original Cast Recording), Polydor, 1987
  21. Torres, Concrete Ganesha, Three Futures, 4AD, 2017
  22. The Lawrence Arms, On With The Show, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Fat Wreck Chords, 2003
  23. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, White Man's World (Live On Sound Opinions), The Nashville Sound, Southeastern, 2017
  24. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, If We Were Vampries (Live On Sound Opinions), The Nashville Sound, Southeastern, 2017
  25. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Frownland, Trout Mask Replica, Straight, 1969