The Cow Ponies is a Milwaukee-based band founded by music veteran John Graham in 2015. Our set list includes both original music and old country, alternative country, and cow punk copies. After several months of practice, we had our debut gig (with Lisa Ridgely and DJ Lars) the day after Christmas to a packed house at […]
Check out our upcoming shows and listen to some original Cow Ponies music. We’re in the process of booking more shows for the summer, so please check back here or on our Facebook page! We’ve been in the studio working on our first CD. These preliminary cuts’ll give you a good taste of our sound. […]
Hey y’all: The last time we played John’s Dock, we were doing a set to benefit Thoughts for Food, the annual Racine County Food Bank benefit. Interesting night. We’ll tell you about it sometime, except you have to buy us a beer first.
Anyway, we’re heading back to John’s Dock again, this time to play out on the patio, next to Ben’s Bar and in the sea air of Lake Michigan. Start time: 8 p.m. End time: 11 p.m. No cover. We’ll bring some-a our brand-new T-shirts, which we premiered at our A-number-1 cool show at Chill on the Hill in Bay View (SML $10, XL/2XL $12). Looking forward to hanging out with our Racine and Chicago friends!
We are SO excited to be performing at Chill on the Hill this year, we can hardly stand it! Chill is one of the major annual events of Milwaukee’s Bay View Neighborhood Association, and all of us in the band have attended their shows, which are all outdoors at the Humboldt Park Band Shell, at one time or another. (Last year we went to see Dog House Flowers as a group and had a blast.)
All right, so what do The Cow Ponies and JP Cyr and The Midnightmen have in common? For starters, Western shirts, Ernest Tubb covers, and pedal steel guitar! When have you ever seen two bands with pedal steel guitars back-to-back in Milwaukee? (Keith’s is a floor model; Bill’s is a console steel.) Doesn’t happen often, friends. Well, this Saturday night you’ll get yer chance, at the fabulous Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust in the Riverwest neighborhood of Mil-town. Hillbilly, rockabilly, Western swing, alt country, old country, cow punk…all for a mere 5 bucks at the door. Come catch some fun and raucous live music before big-bad Summerfest swoops down upon the city. Show starts at 8 p.m., with JP and the boys on first until about 9:30, and John and The Cow Ponies on likely ’round 9:45 p.m. for two sets that’ll take us all right up ’til midnight. Can’t wait 2 C ya!
Almost all of us in the band have pets, and two of us got our beloved cat Indie from the Wisconsin Humane Society about 11 years ago. He’s a Bombay, he’s gorgeous and smart and hilarious, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.
It is for this reason and more that we are a thousand percent thrilled and honored to be performing at The Second Annual Sofie Show, a benefit for the Wisconsin Humane Society and the brainchild of Dan Augustine, a Milwaukee designer who wanted to show props after adopting his beloved dog Sofie there.
The Sofie Show is a gallery show with art pieces for sale (created by artists all over the U.S.!), live music (us!), and beer (Hinterland!). All at the Zizzo Group, at the corner of N. Milwaukee & E. Chicago in the Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee. (Actual address for your GPS: 207 N. Milwaukee St.)
Much love to Lisa Ridgely for introducing us to Dan and getting us involved. We’ll be starting at 6 p.m. when The Sofie Show opens, taking a break somewhere around 7:30, then playing on until 9 p.m., when the event ends.
Suggested donation at the door: 5 bucks. Hope 2 C U there!
Hey guys! This Saturday night we’re honored to be on the bill with Chris Head & The Honchos as they celebrate the release of their new CD, “Chicken Wire” (see below; great cover). We met Chris and the boys last August at the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash at Linneman’s last August (we sure made a lotta good friends at that show) and were wholeheartedly impressed by their power trio-ness. And Chris’s wardrobe. Man. Come check it out. The Ponies’ll also be showcasing two new songs: one a twangy Beatle-esque original by John, the other our take on a Rodney Crowell 80s classic, both perfect for slow-groove dancing.
Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall is located at 1920 S. 37th Street in Milwaukee. We’ve also booked some new gigs in June and August that we’ll share with you very soon. Love you love you!
The last time we performed at Thoughts for Food, the annual music event benefitting the Racine County Food Bank, three of us were playing R&B, soul, ska, and reggae-beat in a whole other band in a whole other lifetime. That’s obviously gonna change when we hit the stage at TFF this Saturday night, playing original alt country and cow punk written by John and Tom T. What we know’ll be the same are the great crowds that move from venue to venue and land right smack in front of your stage for a piece. And the sound crew, oh, the sound crew: some of the best we’ve ever worked with. We’re looking forward to hanging with you again, dear Racine, and invite you to spend part of the last leg of Thoughts for Food with us at John’s Dock, located at 303 Dodge Street in downtown Racine, right by the water. Tickets are available for ten bucks until noon on Friday the 3rd; thereafter, they’re still an excellent price at $15. Your ticket gets you into all 15 TFF venues. The event goes 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., and we’ll be at John’s Dock from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. See y’all!
We first met the boys of Liar’s Trial, one of Milwaukee’s premier classic- and country rock bands, last August at organizer Will James’s “Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash” at Linneman’s in Riverwest. Since then, we’ve stayed in touch via social media and are now coming together at one of Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall’s famous Sunday Matinees. A few of us Cow Ponies experienced our official Sunday Matinees last year when we checked out Americana rock and roll country band The Mosleys, then the 60s Go-Go sound of The Exotics, and it was a BLAST. Turns out that partying on Sunday afternoons in Milwaukee, at least at Kochanski’s (1920 S. 37th St.), definitely rivals going out on the town on Friday and Saturday nights. Our show on Sunday, Feb. 26 starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 6. In between we’ll be doing alternating sets, starting with Liar’s Trial at 2 then The Cow Ponies at 3. Hope 2 C U there!
P.S. Liar’s Trial will have swag for sale. (Alas, our first CD is not yet ready. But soon.)
Tom T and Carter Hunnicutt of Those X-Cleavers, next Saturday night at Circle-A Cafe, Alive at 8! Carter opens the show with his solo material, then joins The Cow Ponies on keyboards for their set. A must-see show! Below: Carter, Tom T, and John Graham, doin’ a little rehearsin’ Wed. night.
Happy Holidays from The Cow Ponies, man! This will always be a special time of year for us, as it’s the anniversary of our very first gig: December 26, 2015 at Circle-A doing Alive at 8. Seems fitting then that we do Alive at 8 again, this time in early-ish January, and with special guest Carter Hunnicutt, who’s both opening and sitting in with us in lieu of pedal-steeler Keith, who’ll be at a father-daughter dance that night. We’d love to see you there!
We had the good fortune to first meet up with Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot this past January when we performed together at Club Girabaldi in Bay View at the invitation of Doghouse Flowers. Three country bands – three very different country bands – on the same bill, in the middle of winter. Lots of people turned up, it was high-energy, it was wonderful. And it was only our second gig.
This past August, we and Alex & The Boys and Doghouse Flowers were together again, this time as three of seven bands playing the Milwaukee edition of the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash at Linneman’s in Riverwest. On November 5, Alex, Jeff H., and Jeff J., along with Chrissy Dzioba of The WhiskeyBelles and Michael De Vogel traveled down to Nashville to perform at that city’s iteration of the traveling show.
Tonight, we’re happy to be performing together again with Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, where we’ll be doing alternating sets starting at 9 p.m. The Cow Ponies are up first, then Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot, then we’ll do it all again. Wash, rinse, repeat. Come join us for a special night with what Shepherd Express called the two “wildest” bands at the Gram Parson 70th Birthday Bash!