Fire the Saddle

The four friends that make up Fire the Saddle have been crafting and crooning in their Louisville hometown since 2001, developing a loyal following around their unique, folk rock influenced approach to traditional, acoustic-based American music. With influences ranging from the Band and John Hartford to Freakwater and Neil Young, the group enjoys creating and performing songs that remain “as soft and sweet as they are rockin’ and rebellious.”

The band features Joe Burchett on mandolin and fiddle, bassist Rob Collier, Tory Gail Fisher on guitar and vocals, and Mick Sullivan on guitar, banjo, and vocals. Together, the group has shared bills with such important figures as Cathy Irwin of Freakwater, My Morning Jacket, Hem, the Two Dollar Pistols, Bobby Bare, Jr., Tift Merritt, Over the Rhine, and Splitlip Rayfield and continues building a loyal audience through their down-to-earth emotional appeal and homegrown, grassroots sound.

Fire the Saddle’s recent hometown release party for their second full-length album, “Four Feet Off the Ground,” was the first time in ten years that the legendary club Rudyard Kipling had to deny some audience members entry because of overcrowding. As regulars on the respected WFPK Louisville, Fire the Saddle’s no-longer-available first album “Sometimes It Ain’t the Horse” remained on the Top 25 chart for five weeks.

Though a bit of a departure from traditional bluegrass, the innovative skill and musicianship of Fire the Saddle reaches deep into the well of classic Americana, bringing to each performance a tender and mature appreciation of beautiful music and how it can touch the listener’s heartstrings.

This artist appears in Jubilee #714: Fire the Saddle/Down on Fifth.