New track "Warmth of the Season" out now!

Even a road weary, hard boiled, rock n' roll band like 7Horse gets a little warm and fuzzy around this time of year...

We like "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls" as much as the next guy but we felt like it was time for something new. A little different flavor from 7H, sure. But the message is straight from the heart. We hope you all enjoy some time with people you love this holiday season.

It's available now wherever digital music is streamed or sold. Put it on your Spotify Holiday Playlist and share it!…

Click the link to download it now!

New merch and spring tour dates posted!

7Horse fans!

New shirts are in and all sizes are available! Show your patriotism with the US of 7H flag shirt! Sport the MLZS shirt and make no bones about what you've got in your pocket! Head on over to the official store,,  and pick yours up today!

We also excited to announce that we have posted new tour dates for this spring! Have a look and see if we will be coming to your area:

Thank you for your continued support,



Greetings from 7HHQ

Greetings from 7HHQ,

We've got a lot going on that we want to share with you.

First, the New Album "Livin' in a Bitch of a World" drops April 15! You can buy it and stream it here... and everywhere digital music is available.

There will also be physical copies at,  in selected stores and of course available on tour.

Speaking of which, we're packing the gear and climbing back into the van, coming soon to a city near you! We open with a kick off show at the Viper Room in Hollywood on April 11 and then a record release show at the Bowery Electric in NYC. See the dates below and come on out with your friends. More dates coming. Find them at or at  If you don't see your city in the list below...jump in the car, crank our tunes and road trip it to a gig! You deserve a little vacation. ;)

We've got a new video we want to share with you. "Two-Stroke Machine" our first single off the new record. We shot it over two days here in L.A. with the great Andrew Gant directing. It's a striking black and white piece featuring some great performance footage and (if we do say so ourselves) some stunning aerial shots. There's also a touching cameo by Phil's dad that brings the story to a bittersweet conclusion. See it here..

We hope you like it. Let us know what you think about the new music, the video and anything else you've got on your mind.


And lastly, thank you for your support! We truly can't do it without you!


We wish you the best and look forward to seeing you on the road.




 Apr 11Viper RoomWest Hollywood, CA TicketsRSVP

 Apr 15The Bowery ElectricNew York, NY TicketsRSVP

 Apr 16Fete Music HallProvidence, RI TicketsRSVP

 Apr 17Thunder RoadSomerville, MA TicketsRSVP

 Apr 18The Low BeatAlbany, NY TicketsRSVP

 Apr 19The Brighton BarLong Branch, NJ TicketsRSVP

 Apr 20The FirePhiladelphia, PA TicketsRSVP

 Apr 21Fager’s IslandOcean City, MD TicketsRSVP

 Apr 25The Palmetto BreweryCharleston, SC TicketsRSVP

 Apr 27Smith's Olde BarAtlanta, GA TicketsRSVP

 Apr 28Open Chord Brewhouse StageKnoxville, TN TicketsRSVP

 Apr 29The Evening MuseCharlotte, NC TicketsRSVP

 May 01The NickBirmingham, AL TicketsRSVP

 May 07Soul KitchenMobile, AL TicketsRSVP


THC Names "Carousel Bar" in Top 3 Songs of 2014!

The blog Things Have Changed called 7Horse  "what would happen if you had a band with Keith Richards on guitar and Warren Zevon on vocals" and named Carousel Bar one of their top 3 songs of 2014. The other two artists besides 7Horse? Chrissy Hynde and Tedeschi Trucks Band, now that's good company! 

New Noise Magazine, Album Review: 7Horse – “Songs For A Voodoo Wedding”

7HorseSongs For A Voodoo Wedding (Self-Released)

I’m not sure what I was expecting based on the cover shot, but this isn’t it. Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt are the driving forces behind this duo, and were inspired by a true voodoo wedding they attended. However, it sounds more like they got lost on the way home and wandered into a blues bar with plenty of Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin in the jukebox. The large amount of riffs and gritty rock aren’t in short supply here, and there’s the occasional Americana moment where the band really shine, making this both classic and soulful influenced rock that warrants repeated listens. (Tom Haugen)

CMC-TV in the Bay area has added the “Flying High” (With No ID)” video to its Country Playlist.

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CMC-TV in the Bay area has added the “Flying High” (With No ID)” video to its Country Playlist:  

Every Time It Rains                James House                   Victor House

Can You Do This                    Neal McCoy

It Was Love Now It's War           Bonnie Paul

Flying High (With No ID)           7horse                        7Horse Music, LTD.


Click here to check the playlist.

7Horse – Songs For A Voodoo Wedding - Inforty

Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt play the sort of rough around the edges blues-rock that sounds both modern and retro, and seems to be as influenced by The Stones as much as today’s version of Americana. Adept at both speedy classic rock as well as simmering and soulful, it’s pretty clear these guys have a wealth of talent and aren’t spreading themselves too thin. Imagine The Black Keys on steroids.

Rock N' Roll Stories: 7Horse


Drummer, Phil Leavitt and Guitarist, Joie Calio from the band 7Horse will discuss their influences such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. Their music was also featured in the recent Martin Scorsese film "The Wolf of Wall Street".

Rock N' Roll Stories: 7Horse from KLCS on Vimeo.

FlashWounds Interview: Get to Know 7Horse’s Joie Calio

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We introduced you to 7Horse back in May and thought that it would be great to get to know a little bit more about the band, this time in their own words.  Joie was brave enough to take us up on the offer of an interview and we’re very glad to now be able to share it with you.  When you’re done reading what Joie has to say, make sure to check out the band’s sites and their music.  

W: Which group or artist would you personally like to induct into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame?  And if you were to earn the honor of being inducted next year, whom would you want to induct you?

JC:  I notice that Eric Clapton is in on his own but not Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page. Both are massively influential outside of their groups and deserve individual recognition, as does Clapton. I would also say Sonny Boy Willimson ~ one listen to Bring It On Home at volume and you will see why.  Of course I would be honored to ever be considered for such an esteemed award ~ and  Keith Richards would be my choice to bring 7Horse up to the podium.

What’s the strangest gift any fan has given…or tried to give…you?

A matchbook full of long used fingernails with a different picture of me on each one.

Which do you find more difficult/intimidating ~ performing for a comparatively small audience (especially one that you know includes family and/or friends) in a more intimate venue or for a huge [faceless/anonymous] crowd at an enormous stadium?

I guess smaller is harder than bigger. But some small crowds can be great. Too large is tough to get everyone’s attention but it’s fun to try.


Do you have a collection of vinyl or cassettes?  If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?

I always hated cassettes. I do have some vinyl 12″ and 7″. Probably my original The Rolling Stones 7″ picture sleeve of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” on Decca is one of my favorites. Have some cool 12″ including Billy J. Kramer, Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

If you ever decided to do an entire album of covers, which songs would make the cut?

“Train Kept a Rollin” (Johnny Burnette), “Before You Accuse Me (Bo Diddley),” “Baby Please Don’t Go” (Them), “Little Red Riding Hood” (Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs), “Sweet Little Rock ‘n Roller” (Rod Stewart), “On The Road Again” (Canned Heat), “Branded Man” (Merle Haggard)

Any musically inclined siblings?

7H-My siblings are all much smarter than me but I got the music gene. My father and grandfather both had musical talent. My mother had the art gene. I got a nice blend of the two. Don’t have a great grasp on quantum physics though.

Do the two of you in the band have nicknames for each other?

They’re top secret.

Are there any causes/organizations that are particularly close to your heart that you would encourage the public to support?

There are so many great causes but I am partial to fighting cancer and hunger.

Do you [pardon the phrase] have the balls to do what the Red Hot Chili Peppers did and perform wearing just tube socks?  And if your answer is yes, are you willing to have your photo taken in those “outfits” and shown to FlashWounds’ readers?

It doesn’t necessarily take “balls” per se, but it’s been done now and is sort of their trade mark. We took a chance and gave ourselves over to the fantastically imaginative Portland artist/photographer Smith Eliot for the cover art and package of our new record Songs For a Voodoo Wedding. We let it all go and when she said, “Take it off,” we went with it and showed a little skin. I love how it all turned out. Not quite Chili Pepper-esque, but it’s not like anyone else’s cover either.


Flying High (With No ID) Video has been added to MusicMix USA

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The “Flying High (With No ID)” video has been added to an upcoming episode of the syndicated MusicMix USA video show. The show the video is in should start running the week of July 28th. Check your local listings to see the show.

Win 1 of 5 7Horse CDs


7Horse began as a hypothetical: What if, longtime band mates Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt thought, we bury our musical past and see if we can discover Rock 'n' Roll's Ground Zero? That question having been explored in bold fashion on their 2011 debut 'Let the 7Horse Run,' the blues duo returns with an even deeper sense of purpose on the follow-up, 'Songs for a Voodoo Wedding' (available everywhere now). The larger question: What if the mission were not to locate rock 'n' roll's chewy center, but to find and channel their own personal identities?

'I'm a grown man with wants and needs and temptations and faults, and I'm not gonna be afraid to write about any of it,' says Leavitt, the singer/drummer whose sometimes-bawdy, always-honest narratives are filtered through an array of vintage microphones. 'Everybody now wants to tell you how sensitive they are. Enough of that. Where's the attitude? Where's the swagger? If we can be a two-man Rolling Stones, I say we go for it.'

Adds Calio, who spent much of his career as a bassist before refining the finger-picking and slide skills asked of a blues guitarist: 'I feel like on a base level this is what I'm all about as a human being. I feel like we've found a renewable source of energy.'

It's all the more remarkable considering 7Horse started as a trial balloon, with Calio and Leavitt exchanging riffs, lyrics and song sketches via iPhone from their homes in Seattle and Los Angeles, respectively. Those ideas in hand, the pair blew through studio sessions that saw them arrange, refine and record one song per day. The results coursed with rawness and immediacy, and it's a process they replicated in making 'Songs for a Voodoo Wedding.'

Part of what informed the sophomore album, however, was the 'quality' time Calio and Leavitt spent together in the interim. Though accustomed to touring in the relative luxury of a bus for much of their careers, the pair piled into a van to tour the U.S. behind their first record. On the vehicle's stereo for most of the slog: The masters, such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Merle Haggard, along with early blues legends such as Little Walter.

'The more country we listened to, the more it percolated in me,' Calio says. 'On the first record we were just creating the essence of the band right there in the studio and we had no well to go to. Now we have a really good idea of what we want to tap into.'

It was during the time between albums that 7Horse received the phone call that would change their lives - at least, the life of their new project. It was from a representative of director Martin Scorsese, saying that the single 'Meth Lab Zoso Sticker' was being considered for use in the film 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'

'Every night we were out playing like it was our last show, lugging our gear, putting our nose to the grindstone,' Calio says. 'The movie was not a sure thing, but we weren't going to sit around waiting for the phone to ring. We kept looking forward.'

The song ended up with a nice cameo in the movie, as well as an appearance in the trailer. 'There's a certain level of validation when Martin Scorsese thinks your song is good enough for his movie,' Calio says. 'That was the proverbial shot in the arm. We weren't looking for it, but we had done everything right. We'd worked our asses off. And sometimes stuff like that comes to you.'

The unfinished business of making 'Songs for a Voodoo Wedding' awaited, and Leavitt and Calio attacked it with vigor. Sessions for the album were divided between three locales - In the Pocket Studios in Forestville, Calif.; Sage & Sound Recording in Hollywood; and Third Ward Records in Milwaukee. Each of the album's 11 tracks were recorded live, with as little overdubbing as possible, with Jon Chi, Scott Gordon, Gregory Haldan and the band co-producing. The album was mixed by Dave Way and mastered by Howie Weinberg.

Much of the inspiration for the record came thanks to an actual voodoo wedding - some friends of Leavitt, in renewing their vows, staged one in New Orleans. The Big Easy is a city the drummer had visited often while on tour, but he'd never spent considerable time there. 'It got the juices flowing,' Leavitt said. 'You hear about how great New Orleans is, what a mecca it is . It's all true. It's exactly what I was looking for.'

Leavitt drew from the trip to conjure up the initial idea for the album's first single, the country-fried 'Flying High (With No ID).' Imagine negotiating airport security 1) having left your driver's license at home, and 2) sucking on a cannabis lollipop. It adds a whole new meaning to reaching cruising altitude.

Other songs found their spark in the simple explorations of off-the-beaten-path New Orleans, the sights and sounds of which gave the co-writers plenty of fodder. 'It's inspiring just to walk down the streets there,' Leavitt says. 'You are just overcome by the sense of freedom, and to embrace life. There's a spirit you can't find anywhere else.'

The Stonesy 'Carousel Bar' was born during tours of the French Quarter. The pugilistic 'Some MF' pulses with grooves inspired by the Rebirth Brass Band. And 'Headhunter Blues' is testosterone-charged chin music with a baseball metaphor - 'You're comin' up and in on me' represents an unflinching batter's reaction to a high-and-inside fastball.

As if 'Songs for a Voodoo Wedding' doesn't sound boozy enough, there's a song the duo hatched about Leavitt's favorite drink, the predictably woozy 'So Old-Fashioned.' Then there's the other side, 'Before the Flood,' a paean to the inevitable hangover.

But it's the almost-boyish enthusiasm with which Leavitt and Calio undertook the album that shines through. One night during the Forestville sessions, Leavitt had an ah-ha moment and rushed out of bed toward the studio - only to run face-first into a sliding glass door, busting up his nose. On a side trip to San Francisco, Leavitt became smitten with a street musician playing a cane flute, so he asked the man to give him a lesson, recording it on his iPhone, naturally. Then he bought a cane flute and incorporated it into a song. And the album-closing ditty 'A Friend in Weed' ('is a friend indeed' goes the rest of chorus) was written on the fly for a gig at a music festival in the town of Weed, Calif.

From Calio's dirty blues licks to Leavitt's earnest, unadorned vocals, 'Songs for a Voodoo Wedding' sounds like the work of two guys who've turned over the soil and found the roots. In other hands, the barebones rocker 'I Know the Meaning of Rock 'N Roll' would sound like an audacious declaration, but, as they say in country circles, this is not the duo's first rodeo.

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Gear Review: 7Horse Guitarist and Backing Vocalist Joie Calio Talks Guitars, Guitars, Guitars!


When he's not busy writing a sick track ("Meth Lab Zoso Sticker") for a Martin Scorsese blockbuster like The Wolf of Wall Street, guitar virtuoso Joie Calio is tearing up stages with his musical partner Phil Leavitt in the rock band 7Horse. While Calio also provides backing vocals to Leavitt, it's his fret work that truly allows him to shine. Just how does he get those crazy tones and bad-ass rhythms you ask? Dude, he has SO much gear that he'll have to tell you himself! What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound? Calio: I am a gear freak - there's no denying that. To say that there is one piece of gear that I use as a signature sound would be tough - I have a few guitars (7 that I'm touring with), lots of pedals, a couple amps, and we record at studios that are a vintage gear-head's dream. But, having said that... being the rhythm and lead guitar (without a bass player live) forces me to play a certain way, as well as my fingerstyle and slide playing. Having one of the greatest drummers in the world - Phil Leavitt, helps too. Using great amps and guitars (vintage and new) in general is a big part of my sound. Also really like Curt Mangan strings - they sound great and are super high quality. What about it makes it so important to you? Calio: I can tell if someone has used good gear, or cool gear when they record. You know when a guitar player cares about his/her tone. I strive to be that guy.

How was this gear used during the recording of your latest album? Calio: I have a Bogner Shiva 20th anniversary (KT88) amp that I got just before 7Horse started our second record - Songs For a Voodoo Wedding - that sounds amazing; it has a plexy vibe. I combined that with a '58 Bassman or 1965 Fender Vibroluxe or 1965 Fender Deluxe. Also used a Fender a Bassbreaker in the mix for a song.

How do you recreate your album (guitar/vocal/bass) tones in your live set? Calio: I use a lot of the same gear I record with for our live show. As I mentioned I have a Bogner Shiva 20th Anniversary paired with a Bogner 2x12. I also have a Matchless Clubman paired with a Matchless 2x12. I run both rigs at all times. They do a great job of getting my studio sounds live. Although I have been eyeing a Metropoulos GPM 45 Bluesbreaker 2x12 combo for a possible 3rd amp live. Same Curt Mangan strings as well.

What are the major pros and cons? Calio: The pros speak for themselves. The cons - not cheap! Although I do get help from Gretsch, Bogner, Matchless, National, and Curt Mangan. The guys at Wildwood Guitars in Louisville CO help me out immensely as well.

Do you have a backup for this gear, if so, what? Calio: The fact that've have 2 amps with 2 x12 cabs live means I have a back up right there. My goal is to have a back-up head for each rig and of course - more guitars.

How long have you had it, how do you use it, would you ever change it? Calio: I started collecting my gear at the beginning of 7Horse. First I got my Fender '51 Tele Nocaster Custom Shop. Then I got my first National NPR. I already had my Gibson j-45 which I used on the recording of "Meth Lab Zoso Sticker" - the song used for the Scorsese movie The Wolf of Wall Street, along with my Gretsch Silver Falcon. Then because we started using a few different tunings I needed to have coverage live so I wouldn't need to retune all night long.

Any final thoughts or comments on the gear? Calio: At the moment I have 3 Gretsch Guitars - 6136 White Falcon/6136 Silver Falcon/G6139 Black Falcon Center Block Double Cutaway. A Fender '51 Telecaster Custom Shop. A Gibson ES 330 VOS. 2 National NRP resonators-Green Burst/ Silver. A Fender Telecaster Baritone. And my trust Gibson j-45. Along with the Bogner, Matchless, and a nice stash of pedals... I'd have to say I'm living the dream!