A Thousand Horses Score No. 1 Hit With 'Smoke'

(Radio.com) A Thousand Horses may be country newcomers, but the bandmates are in celebration mode this week, because their debut single, "Smoke," made it all the way to No. 1.

Turns out, it's also a milestone: "Smoke" is the first debut single by a new country group to top the Billboard Country Airplay chart in this decade (the last to do it was Zac Brown Band with their debut single "Chicken Fried" in 2008).

"Smoke" is also just the first taste of what's to come on Southernality, the group's debut album. Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the album drops June 9.

As the bandmembers explain, the success they've had with "Smoke" proves there is still a place for Southern rock on country radio. "Bands like Lyrnyd Skynryd and the Allman Brothers, they probably would have been considered country music in some ways," guitarist Zach Brown tells Radio.com.

Meanwhile, bandmate Graham DeLoach name-drops the Eagles and Tom Petty, saying that today they would be considered country music. "The Rolling Stones were trying to be," adds frontman Michael Hobby. "At one point they were making some cool country songs." Read more here.

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