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“American Pharoah” By Millennium Man Is A Real Winner

Updated on July 1, 2015

Back on June 6, 2015, American Pharoah was the 12th U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winner after winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. What made this amazing was that no other equus caballus, as a scientist would call them, has been able to accomplish this in almost 40 years. So pop the cork on that champagne.

News like this not only causes headlines, but it's also storylines for Hollywood films and even inspires the subject of songs. Californian musician Millennium Man was recently trying to find just the right tune to finish up his first record. He not only found that song, but he also found the title for his then unnamed album. So, "American Pharoah" it was.

Using little more than his voice and a six-string guitar Millennium Man strung together 6 songs for his debut record and released it as "American Pharoah" within days after the big race. They say that timing is everything and sometimes some people are in the right place at the right time and this can make something happen. The world is strange that way.

"American Pharoah", the song, tells the story of the bluegrass bred Kentucky racehorse and his rare win on the track on that late spring day. A simple, hummable ballad with the hooky refrain of, "That horse can run/Like a thunderbolt, son..." it clocks in a little over the 3 minute mark before crossing the finish line. It's short and sweet.

The other 5 numbers on "American Pharoah" all have their roots in American folk music. Their subjects range from singing whales to folksy, common sense advice you'd imagine you'd hear around the pickle barrel outside a country store shared by the local tellers of tall tales. You know, the kind of place where y'all can dance to a fiddle and pass around a jug of moonshine if the sheriff ain't be a'lookin'.

Like in the style of good old Southern hospitality you can take a free listen to Millennium Man's entire "American Pharoah" album on:
It's probably not everyone's cup of tea (or moonshine), but if you're into folk music then Millennium Man's is sure to be your go to guy. Now race on over there, y'all.


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