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Band fronted by Highland native releases second CD

Corey Saathoff, 1993 Highland High School graduate, is the front man for the band “The Trophy Mules,” which just released a new CD.
Corey Saathoff, 1993 Highland High School graduate, is the front man for the band “The Trophy Mules,” which just released a new CD. Courtesy photo

A band fronted by a Highland native has just released a new CD. The six-song effort by The Trophy Mules, titled Sunset Collapse, which features the honest Midwestern songwriting of Corey Saathoff, set to the powerful cosmic Americana sounds of his seasoned band.

Both melancholic and uplifting spikes of mandolin and swirling pedal steel blend together with a hybrid of 1960s-era folk rock guitars and organ and classic country fiddle to capture the essence of Saathoff’s colorful lyrical imagery.

A 1993 HHS graduate, Saathoff, 40, now of Columbia, fronted original local music acts Jerkwater Junction and Brain Regiment prior to forming The Trophy Mules in 2009 with mandolin/guitar player Larry Rosenhoffer of St. Louis. Rounding out the current lineup are veteran St. Louis musicians Scott Swartz on pedal steel, Kevin Schofield on bass and Michael Rose on drums. Others performing on Sunset Collapse include fiddle player Matt McGibany of Alton, contributing Trophy Mules guitarist Shane Maue of Hillsboro, Mo., longtime Trophy Mules bassist Dan Huffman of Columbia and former Trophy Mules drummer Dave Clark of St. Louis.

Sunset Collapse was recorded, mixed and produced by Swartz at his home studio in Chesterfield, Mo., over the past two years. The album’s signature track, Valmeyer, is used in the credits of the 2014 film Valmeyer, IL: The Documentary, which can be viewed on YouTube. A video for the song can also be found on YouTube.

The Trophy Mules released their debut full-length album Sorry Motel in 2013, receiving several spins on KDHX 88.1 FM in St. Louis and other radio stations. The Riverfront Times praised the band’s music as “exceptionally well-played, pleasant country/Americana.” The song Marigold Life was named 2013 Song of the Year by KDHX DJ Pat Wolfe. Another tune from that album, Slow Southern Rain, was nominated in the Riverfront Times Readers’ Choice Poll for Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months. In 2014, the band was nominated for a Riverfront Times Music Award in the category of folk-country.

More on the band and its latest CD

Where to get “Sunset Collapse”: The CD is available by digital download through most online music retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. The physical CD is available for purchase at www.CDBaby.com, at the band’s live shows, and also at select St. Louis area record stores.

A CD release party: It takes place at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis.

Website: www.reverbnation.com/thetrophymules

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thetrophymules

Contact the band: Email ampedonpop@yahoo.com