Chicago based Workhorse Kings deftly power up a room with their unique layered keyboard sound, driving rhythm section, and attention to lyrics.Their mission is to energize you with a full bodied, smoking hot show. What makes a Workhorse Kings song? Blues inflected riffs, brilliant keyboards and a penchant for soulful wordplay. Front man and guitarist Dan Dougherty professes that “my songs can’t live on artifice. They come from themes I can talk about.” He sticks with what he likes; romances gone wrong, characters who have been on both sides of a beating, the games that everyone plays, whether they like it or not. The band’s debut album Carousel is filled with conflicted relationships, as is evidenced in the brutally honest opener Let Me In or the eviscerating admonition of No One Fights You Like a Man. “The lyrics are strong because of Dan’s major life experiences and he’s not bashful about expressing those emotions,” adds drummer Kevin Dougherty. “Dan brings the song idea and we all sit like little kids in class waiting for the teacher to read the book.” But the songs would never reach their zenith without the unique energy of the full band. That energy comes from Kevin, who relentlessly pummels his drums with the finesse of a raging beast toying with its prey. It comes from Anthony Bartkowiak slapping down a bass line with the soul of battered bluesman, and Marco Pellillo’s inspired keyboard work. And it’s Dan, ever the performer, sucking you in with his raw hooks and building you into that final frenzy that could dwarf even the bloodiest shark-infested waters. It was that very combination of tight guitar riffs, smart lyrics, powerful rhythm section, and big keyboard sound that drew the attention of Bill McKay, who was searching for an artist to be the cornerstone of his new label - Hirsute Records. But it was the band’s passion and work ethic that sealed the deal. With Hirsute’s backing, WORKHORSE KINGS have produced their debut album Carousel, released July 10, 2010, featuring the sultry One and the Same and Latin-flavored Can’t Look Back. Won’t you come along for a ride on the Carousel?