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16 Horsepower


16 Horsepower was an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their music often invoked religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt through David Eugene Edwards's lyrics and the heavy use of traditional bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian instrumentation cross-bred with rock. For the bulk of its career, the band consisted of Edwards, Jean-Yves Tola, and Pascal Humbert, the latter two formerly of the French band Passion Fodder. After releasing four studio albums and touring extensively, the group broke up in 2005, citing "mostly political and spiritual" differences. The members remain active in the groups Woven Hand and Lilium.

  • also known as 16 Horse Power, Sixteen Horsepower
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  • genres: Alternative country, Neofolk, Folk music, Country
  • albums: "16 Horsepower", "Haw", "Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes", "Low Estate", "Hoarse", "Secret South", "Folklore", "Olden", "Black Soul Choir", "Clogger", "For Heaven's Sake", "Heel on the Shovel", "Live in Minneapolis", "Splinters / Nobody 'Cept You", "The Partisan", "Live March 2001", "Shametown", "Yours, Truly.", "Coal Black Horses"


"16 Horsepower": 16 Horsepower is the first EP by the band of the same name. It was released November 7, 1995. It is often referred to simply as the Haw EP amongst fans, noting to the title of the first track. It is the group's second release, following the "Shametown" 7" vinyl record of 1994, the A-side of which was re-recorded here.

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

The album received extensive praise in US and European music publications and was supported with tours alongside David Gray, 16 Horsepower, Dirty Three, Low, and Ween. With second guitarist Roger Green and violinist Elin Palmer ...

Google previewDictionary of Engineering (1873)

to the square inch, for refining forge iron in the running-in fire, 13 horse-power for every 100 tons refined weekly , equal to 16 horsepower, including friction and waste. Puddling Forge.—No. 1.

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The Korean War has also show quite clearly that in a major conflict manpower is as important as horsepower. (Aly Khan)
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