St. Louis area band The Trophy Mules released its debut 10-song recording "Sorry Motel" in January 2013. A downloadable version of the album is now available through most online music retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Corey Saathoff formed The Trophy Mules in late 2009 with mandolin-guitar player Larry Rosenhoffer and bassist Dan Huffman. Drummer Dave Clark and pedal steel player Scott Swartz round out the current band lineup. The Trophy Mules combine classic country, rock and folk elements to deliver a distinctive and timeless collection of material that stretches across musical boundaries.
The Riverfront Times in St. Louis has praised the band's music as "exceptionally well-played, pleasant country/Americana." In 2013, the band's song "Slow Southern Rain" was nominated for an RFT Reader's Choice Award for "Best Local Single of the Past 12 Months." The band's song "Marigold Life" was chosen by KDHX FM 88.1 DJ Pat Wolfe as his "Song of the Year" for 2013, and the album "Sorry Motel" was on his list of top 10 albums of the year for 2013.
In 2014, The Trophy Mules were nominated for a Riverfront Times Music Award in the category of "Best Country Band."
The Trophy Mules have performed as part of the Rock 'N Roll St. Louis Marathon (2011, 2012, 2013), TOCO Music Fest (2009, 2010, 2013), Twangfest (2009), Play:STL Fest (2009) and Lil's Country Fest (2010), and have opened for such acts as Shooter Jennings, Chris Knight, The Deadstring Brothers, Sons of Bill, Star & Micey and Blackfoot Gypsies.