Authentic Bluegrass: Wild Ponies – “Pretty Bird”

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Wild Ponies

“Pretty Bird”


Named after the beautiful town in Virginia, Galax by Wild Ponies is perfect bluegrass.  This album is a beautiful mix of old and new bluegrass, traditional and modern.  Look at the guest list on this record:  Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer from its namesake, Galax, Virginia–and some of the band’s favorite musicians from Nashville– Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman.  This is the music you make on the front porch in Paw Paw, WV, Grayson, KY, Johnson City, TN, and of course, Galax, VA.  I love bluegrass.  It touches my soul, and no one does it quite as well as Wild Ponies.  Doug and Telisha Williams, the main ingredients of Wild Ponies, so to speak, were born and raised in Southwestern Virginia, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you can tell they were born to sing bluegrass.  Telisha has one of the best, most emotional, super honest voice.  Wild Ponies stand up there with Valerie June and Ashleigh Caudill as representing the Blue Grass revival.  Beautiful summer camping music (also, it will warm your winter nights away).  Catch them on tour.

US tour:
6/29 – Atlanta, GA – Gospel Gothic
6/30 – Arnoldsville, GA – No. 3 Railroad Street
7/21-7/23 – Louisville, KY – Wild Ponies’ Kentucky Bourbon Trail Ride
7/30 – Aberdeen, NC – Rooster’s Wife
8/4 – Galax, VA – Creative Workshop with Wild Ponies’
8/19 – Barnhart, MO – Oak Tree Concerts
9/28  – Chicago, IL – Fitzgerald’s

9/30 – Ann Arbor, MI – Johnny’s Speakeasy

10/2 – Buffalo, NY – Sportsmen’s Tavern

10/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe

10/6 – Nashua, NH – Riverwalk

10/7 – Cornish, ME – Friendly River Music

10/10 – Cambridge, MA – Passim

10/11 – NYC – Hill Country Live

10/12 – Washington, DC – Hill Country Live

10/13 – Martinsville, VA – Rives Theatre

10/14 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Folk Fest

European tour:

10/21 Ipswich – The Smokehouse

10/22 Lewes – Union at the Con Club

10/24 Tooting – The Sound Lounge

10/25 Birmingham – Kitchen Garden

10/27 High Wycombe

10/28 Bedford – Ents Shed

10/29 Portsmouth – The Square Tower

10/30 Sheffield – The Greystones

11/2 Plymouth – B-Bar

11/9 Garstang – Garstang Unplugged

11/10 Edinburgh – Cabaret Voltaire

11/11 Menai Bridge – Victoria Hotel

11/15 St. Jooslend NL – Theater de Wegwijzer

11/16  Nijmegen NL – Trianon

11/17 Steenwijk NL – Speelplaats Baars Baars

11/18 Berlin, Germany

11/22 Oldensaal NL – Cobblestone Club

11/23 The Hague NL – Musemix @ Soc. Engels

11/24 Saarbrucken, Germany – Rathaus

11/25 Oberdorff, France – Goetzinger

11/26 Luxembourg – T’Scheier

11/28 Sulzbach, Germany – Salzbrunnenhaus

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