Horse Feathers (band)

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Horse Feathers
Horse Feathers 2018.jpg
Horse Feathers live in 2018 on the 'Appreciation' tour.
Background information
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
GenresIndie folk,[1] neofolk
Years active2004–present
LabelsKill Rock Stars
MembersJustin Ringle
Nathan Crockett
J. Tom Hnatow
Robby Cosenza
Past membersDustin Dybvig
Brad Parsons
Mayhaw Hoons
Peter Broderick
Heather Broderick
Catherine Odell
Sam Cooper

Horse Feathers is an American indie folk band from Portland, Oregon, United States.[2]


After fronting several rock bands in his native Idaho, singer/songwriter Justin Ringle moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004 and began focusing on acoustic music, playing open mics regularly under the moniker Horse Feathers. In 2005, multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick heard a couple of Ringle's demos and offered to help flesh them out. In February 2006 the duo went into Skyler Norwood's Miracle Lake studios and recorded their debut album, Words Are Dead, which was released that September on Portland label, Lucky Madison. Later that year, Peter's sister Heather Broderick joined the group on cello and by 2007, Horse Feathers began featuring a rotating cast of instrumentalists backing Ringle's guitar and vocals.

A color photograph of a four-person band performing on stage.
Horse Feathers live in 2010.

Ringle and the Brodericks returned to Miracle Lake studios in the fall and winter of 2007 and recorded House With No Home, which was released on Kill Rock Stars in the spring of 2008. Around that time, Peter Broderick left the country to pursue music in Europe, and Nathan Crockett was enlisted to cover violin duties. Several months later, Heather Broderick also left the group to pursue other musical projects and cellist Catherine Odell came on board. The current line-up was rounded out at the beginning of 2009 when Sam Cooper joined as a multi-instrumentalist. As a four piece, the group has been touring extensively and released Thistled Spring on Kill Rock Stars, on April 20, 2010.

The band's fourth album, Cynic's New Year, was released in 2012.[2] The album charted on the Billboard charts even though it sold fewer copies than their previous record.[3] On October 12, 2014, NPR debuted Horse Feathers' fifth album entitled So It Is with Us[4] which was released on October 21, 2014 on Kill Rock Stars on CD, vinyl, and digital download.[5] The album was recorded in a rural Oregon barn following a hiatus from Ringle, and is unique in that it features both drums and bass.[3] On March 2, 2018, NPR debuted Horse Feathers' new single "Without Applause", taken from the band's upcoming sixth album, 'Appreciation', which was released on May 4, 2018 via Kill Rock Stars.[6]



  • Words Are Dead (LP, Lucky Madison, 09/26/2006)
  • House with No Home (CD/LP, Kill Rock Stars, 09/8/2008)
  • Thistled Spring (CD/LP, Kill Rock Stars, 04/20/2010)
  • Cynic's New Year (CD/LP, Kill Rock Stars, 04/17/2012)
  • So It Is with Us (CD, Kill Rock Stars, 10/21/2014)
  • Appreciation (CD, Kill Rock Stars, 05/4/2018)


  • "Road to Ruin" (7", Regional Hits, 2008)
  • "Cascades" (7", Kill Rock Stars, 2009)
  • "Drain You/Bonnet of Briars" (7", Kill Rock Stars, 2010)
  • "Fit Against the Country" (Kill Rock Stars, 2012)
  • "Violently Wild" (Kill Rock Stars, 2014)
  • "Without Applause" (Kill Rock Stars, 2018)

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Horse Feathers on Mountain Stage". NPR. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Horse Feathers relishes interpretation". The Georgia Straight, April 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "HORSE FEATHERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'SO IT IS WITH US'". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ Thompson, Stephen. "First Listen: Horse Feathers, 'So It Is With Us'". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Horse Feathers 'So It Is with Us' out now!". Retrieved 28 October 2014.
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