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Portland, United States (2004 – present)

After fronting several rock bands in his native Idaho, singer/songwriter Justin Ringle moved to Portland, OR 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 Justin’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 Justin’s guitar and vocals.

Justin 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 left the country to pursue music in Europe, and Nathan Crockett was enlisted to cover violin duties. Several months later, Heather also left the group to pursue other musical projects and cellist Catherine Odell came on board. The current lineup 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 a new album entitled Thistled Spring on Kill Rock Stars, April 20th, 2010.


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  • Cobrame

    Do they have anything in common with the Marx Brothers?

    12 Jun 6:14am Reply
  • rhuffman8

    You should all go to the following page and vote to change the artist name to "Horsefeathers" instead of "Horse Feathers" because they are two different bands and thinks they are being sly with the auto-correcting:

    13 Feb 10:33pm Reply
  • rustedembrace

    I'm ashamed that my two posts from the last 2 and a half years are still on the page

    4 Jan 2:36am Reply
  • slinks

    Their best album since House With No Home.

    3 Jan 6:56pm Reply
  • VanThem

    violently wild is so good

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tacopanda1045

    Horry sheet.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rustedembrace

    I don't understand how they'r so underrated. They did it again, another great album

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • PseudoSinister

    New album is just fucking WOW! Don't think anyone can get emotion across like Justin.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    I agree; they are amazing live. Justin was encircled by strings. It was a sight to behold and a sound you'll never forget. "Violently Wild" is a good as anything they've done so far. Love these guys.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
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    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Pisum-sativum

    Their concert in Zagreb was beyond beautiful. Thank you <3

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tiffany_aching

    loved them live.

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • julishoe

    To everyone who gets the chance: go see them live! One of the best concerts I've ever been to.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TwenteHenna

    They have such beautiful stage performances! [2] And they played CASCADES with two singing saws last night in Münster. How amazing to see that live for the first time. I was concerned the girl who normally played the violin could hurt herself, I mean it was a freakin big saw! But she did a flawless job. Go see them live. It's a real treat.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • the_Crowder

    He doesn't sound like Sam Beam, he has a better voice... but the songwriting will never come close

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • satanistrue2you

    I agree with the comment about Sam Beam.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • bkelleher

    New album is great. They just don't make bad albums.

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • milkshakeeeee

    This guys voice reminds me a lot of Tony Dekkers ! <3

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • casablanca

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    2 May 2012 Reply
  • KageNaraku

    They have such beautiful stage performances!

    2 May 2012 Reply
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