The Cow Ponies w/ Paladino, Chris Head & The Honchos @ Company Brewing, Sat., 5.26.18

Really excited about this show at Company Brewing, one of the coolest live music venues in MKE! Old, dear friends Chris Head & The Honchos (we met and played with them at Linneman’s our first year out) kick things off at 10 p.m. Yours truly, The Cow Ponies, are up at 11. New friends Paladino (can’t wait to hear ’em) hit the stage at 12 midnight. Three great local alt country/Americana bands playing all original music. Come early and get some good eats and mighty-fine craft beer. $5 cover.

John & Robin of The Cow Ponies w/ Law & Love and Long-shot @ Kochanski’s Sunday Matinee, 4.22.18

This Sunday, it’s a love fest for the old Milwaukee music scene and the ole Wisconsin-Illinois thang when Bobby Steele of Tense Experts comes to town with his current band, Law & Love, straight up from Rockford-Ill to play Kochanski’s World-Famous Sunday Matinee (2-6 p.m.).

Comin’ up with ’em are Long-shot, another indie rock + acoustic blues + outlaw country band from Rockford. John and Robin of The Cow Ponies open up the four-hour show starting 2 p.m., playing acoustic versions of Cow Ponies originals sprinkled with country covers. A special welcome to to scene members coming fresh from New Wave Fest at Shank Hall on Farwell in Milwaukee the night before. #hairofthedog #daydrinkin

See you Sunday afternoon at Kochanski’s, y’all! xo

The Cow Ponies @ Circle-A Café in Riverwest, Sat., 4.14.18

Hi y’all: The night before we head up to Appleton-Wisco with the Xposed 4heads for dem WAMIs, we’re hoggin’ the stage at Circle-A. Tom T’ll kick things off with an acoustic set (John & Robin will lend vocals, Keith’ll hop in on pedal steel here and there) (Andy will drink). John & Robin will do a second acoustic set of Cow Ponies, Everly Brothers, and Gram Parsons songs. At 8:45 Andy will stop drinking (not) and the whole band’ll convene and play out the night. It’ll be like looking at The Cow Ponies through a prism or something.

Oh, and this night marks The Cow Ponies premier of the Greg X. Liber tune “Sex to Get Love”! Last time we did that song was with Rock-a-Dials at Lest We Forget in 2012. (Love and miss ya, dearest Greg.) Lookin’ forward to seein’ all of you this Saturday night, then in Appleton on Sunday at the WAMIs, where we’ll see if we win “Best Country Artist”! xo

 

The Cow Ponies are nominated for a 2018 WAMI Award!

At the end of February, Robin had just gotten into her car after a meeting to kick off a new freelance writing project. She started the car and checked her phone. There was a notification from Thea: 

“Congrats to The Cow Ponies for their WAMI nomination for Country Artist of the Year!!!”

OMG, Robin wrote back, we had no idea. Thanks for the heads-up!

And thank you to the Wisconsin Area Music Industry organization for the nomination. We’ve been on Cloud 9 about it, and are extremely honored to be included among the eight nominees from around the state in this category. We seriously did not even imagine being nominated, and are so happy we have been.

Sunday, March 25 is the WAMI Nominee Reception at Saloon on Calhoun in Brookfield (where John & Robin just performed a few weeks ago at the Amplified Artist Sessions), and we’ll be there. The 38th Annual WAMI Awards ceremony is Sunday, April 15 in Appleton, WI this year, and we’ll be heading up for that too. In the meantime, and for a long time afterward, we’ll be floating on the ether and looking forward to playing our music for you throughout the year. Thank you, WAMI! And thanks to all of you who nominated us! xoxo

Check out the complete list of nominees

John & Robin of TCP @ Amplified Artists Sessions, Thurs., 3.8.18

Hey y’all, John and Robin of The Cow Ponies here. We are super-excited about performing at the March 8th installation of Amplified Artists Sessions at Saloon on Calhoun! We’ll be doing six Cow Ponies songs written by John: just the two of us, a couple-a mics, and an acoustic guitar. Throw in some percussion, a megaphone, and a few empty beer bottles too, and we’re all set. Amplified Artist Sessions is spearheaded by the lovely Thea Morton Vorass, accomplished musician and WAMI Award winner who played cello on our new CD, “Easy to Fall.” Joining us are Matt Davies from Thriftones, Martin and Mary of Love Lies Bleeding, and our friends the Zach Pietrini Band (fresh off their winter tour). Everything starts at 7p.m. Come support Wisconsin’s cool local songwriters and musicians! xo  

 

The Cow Ponies & Liar’s Trial @ Kochanski’s Sunday Matinee, Sun., 2.18.18

The Cow Ponies and Liar’s Trial, two Milwaukee alternative country bands, are back together again, playing at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall’s Sunday Matinee. We met each other the summer of 2016 at Linneman’s when we were part of the lineup for the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash that was making its way around the U.S. and Europe. The Cow Ponies, led by John Graham, and Liar’s Trial, led by Bryan Kroes, teamed up to play Kochanski’s Sunday Matinee a year ago in 2017, and man, did we have a blast! Up for a redux? We thought so! Only 7 bucks at the door. Bring a few extra clams and get you the new Cow Ponies CD, “Easy to Fall,” released a couple-a months ago on Dec. 2. Hope 2 C U!

The Cow Ponies @ Red Dot Tosa, Sat., 12.16.17

As the snow starts to fly in Southeast Wisconsin, we’re heading out to the west side of Milwaukee to play our first-ever show at Red Dot, 6715 North Avenue in the East Tosa neighborhood of Wauwatosa! No cover. Show starts at 9 p.m. and goes to 11:30 p.m.

If it’s still cold out, Red Dot will be the perfect place to warm up with some great food (Saturday is BBQ Night) and drink (choose from over 70 tasty beverages on the drink menu alone), not to mention there’s always some good-ole raucous Cow Ponies music to get yer blood circulatin’ too! Big thanks to Marty for having us. 

Because we’re fresh off of last weekend’s release of our new CD “Easy to Fall,” we’ll bring some discs, along with our T-shirts and buttons (the latter handcrafted by Tom T, yo). Can’t wait to see ya! 

The Cow Ponies w/ Rockabilly Rebels U.S.A. @ Kochanski’s, Sun., 10.29.17

Now that The Cow Ponies have gotten home from Racine in one piece, slept in, and had a big-ole brunch, it’s time to promote the heck outta our show with Rockbilly Rebels U.S.A. at Kochanski’s World-Famous Sunday Matinee! We’ve taken in the Matinee to see other bands we love, and it’s a blast. Our show there runs 2-6 p.m., and there are alternating sets: TCP plays at 2 and 4; RRU plays at 3 and 5. $7 cover at the door. Get yer day drinkin’ ‘n’ dancin’ on! We’re hopin’ for pretty girls and hula hoops too…

 

 

The Cow Ponies w/ The Zach Pietrini Band @ McAuliffe’s Pub in Racine, Fri., 10.27.17

We met the wonderful Zach Pietrini Band last August at Linneman’s, when we were both on the bill at the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash. We’re extremely happy to say that we’re pairing up and heading down to Racine to play some alt-country and old-country and original songs at JJ’s place, McAuliffe’s Pub! The Cow Ponies’ll open things up starting at 9-ish, and Zach and the boys’ll be on stage at 10, 10:15. Mad props to Zach, whose work we adore and admire. Really looking forward to seeing you this Friday, Racine! xoxo