2016: A West Virginia quartet masquerading near Appalachia calls themselves The Horse Traders. Their sophomore release, I Don’t Mind, may sport a carefree titling job, but its contents are ripe with intricate, sepia-toned storytelling. The title track waxes a little more modern, showing a portrait of a relaxed thirty-something, rather than the adventurers of Western cinema. However, “Even Mountains Can Fall” is a firestarter of a closer, featuring a country-fried guitar solo and a rollicking sense of self. “Mark Twain” and “Hey Carolina” are radio-friendly cuts sandwiched between a spectrum of calm and calamity. The latter could very well tickle radio dials in these Traders’ neck of the woods if they position themselves right. On I Don’t Mind, it seems their posture is already fine-tuned well enough to join the finest ranks of a genre usually abandoning its roots.
“I Don’t Mind” is available for pre-order digitally and on CD here. The EP will be released on June 10th.