After a false start a few years ago, the southern rock influenced country band A Thousand Horses have scored a top five country hit with Smoke. Lead singer Michael Hobby and lead guitarist Bill Satcher grew up in Newberry, SC and began working together as teens with Satcher's cousin bassist Graham DeLoach. They added guitarist Zach Brown. It looks like they don't have a regular drummer. They hire one for touring. A Thousand Horses got together with producer Dave Cobb who has produced Shooter Jennings among others. And he got them a deal with Interscope Records. They released an EP in 2010. The band was named after one of the songs on the EP. One of the band's songs Suicide Eyes appeared in the remake of Footloose. But things didn't work out and Interscope cut A Thousand Horses. But Cobb still liked them and got them a new deal with Big Machine Records. That's turned out a lot better as Smoke reached #5 on the Country Singles chart. And the video has been nominated for a CMT Music Award. The CD Southernality was released in June and it has done well. They are currently on tour. Lead singer Michael Hobby wrote Smoke with the team of Ross Copperman and Jon Nite. Both Copperman and Nite have released solo albums but they have found success as songwriters. Copperman has done a lot of producing recently. All four band members write songs. A Thousand Horses are influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers and Hobby credits Dwight Yoakam as a big influence. Time will tell if they are able to keep their identity or get compromised by the Nashville machine. Smoke is a good start. Here's the video for Smoke by A Thousand Horses.