Following his critically acclaimed, self-titled 2015 ATO Records debut, Gill Landry's Love Rides A Dark Horse reflects the better part of a year the singer/songwriter spent picking up the pieces of a failed relationship. Touring and recording alone during this period, he wrote with unflinching honesty about depression and expectation and desire.
"Love and hate need each other for either to have meaning and I feel like it's the same way with people," says Landry. "I'd like to believe love always wins coming down the stretch – it just might not be the way you envisioned it. In my experience love often isn't what I expected and wouldn't be half as good if it was. That basically is what I wrote this album about. The dark horse is the unexpected winner."
Love Rides A Dark Horse breaks new ground for Landry with contributions from fiddler Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Bruce Hornsby), keyboard player Skylar Wilson (Andrew Combs, Rayland Baxter), and drummer Logan Matheny (Roman Candle, Rosebuds). The songs spill over with gorgeous female harmonies by Klara Soderberg (First Aid Kit), Karen Elson and Odessa. Landry's own vocals are front and center with the arrangements built around his husky baritone, often calling to mind Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.