S2E2 Sackcloth & Ashes

Let there be no hesitation
Get a rope and make it quick
Each last breath come from his mouth
I will beat it out with a stick

We start off our second season discussing the mesmerizing sounds of 16 Horsepower’s 1996 debut, Sackcloth & Ashes.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, 16 Horsepower was a band that defied easy description. Often billed as alternative or gothic country or alternative Christian, their music often invoked dark imagery of conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt. Although they don’t fit neatly into any particular label, the music itself borrows heavily from folk music, country and bluegrass while the lyrics are steeped in the dark religious imagery of Appalachia. 16 Horsepower are credited as being among the Denver based bands responsible for laying the foundation of what has become known as “Gothic Americana,” and that perhaps describes them best.

Sackcloth & Ashes was their debut full length album, released in February of 1996. The band released 6 full length albums before breaking up in 2005. Singer-songwriter David Eugene Edwards went on to found Wovenhand. They are still active, and well worth checking out.

We hope you enjoy this dive into one of my all time favorite albums.


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