The Heavy Horses is the pseudonym under which Justin Mahoney writes and records songs about outlaws, angels, and murder. If you like these things, we’ll get along just fine – so have a listen and tell your friends. The debut album Murder Ballads & Other Love Songs was released in 2012 and was subsequently nominated for Country Recording of the Year at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards and Folk Artist of the Year at the 2013 Music NL Awards.
In 2018 Blizzard Entertainment featured the song Pale Rider, from the debut album, in an animated short for the award winning video game Overwatch.
The sophomore album With Darkness In My Eyes was released in late 2019. The album was recorded and produced by Laurence Currie and includes performances by Christine Bougie (Bahamas, Sarah Slean), Robbie Crowell (Midland, Kesha), Mark McIntyre (Terri Clark, Dean Brody), Brad Kilpatrick (Hawksley Workman), and other Canadian artists, as well as a guest appearance by “#1 Harmonica Player” Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard).
Steeped in tradition, and raised on a healthy diet of “the old country”, The Heavy Horses are naturally drawn to writing in the same style of music, and make no excuses for it. Although they have never raised a pistol to a man, fled to Mexico, murdered out of love, anger, or murdered “just to watch him die” as Johnny Cash once put it, these themes are abundant in the writing.
If youve always wanted to relive the Wild West, or the 70’s outlaw country movement well, those days are gone, but The Heavy Horses aim to get you pretty damn close…