We are pleased and very excited to announce that we are working with Semi-Twang’s Mike Hoffman, who’s producing our second CD — an EP with 4-5 new songs, preeminent among them our crowd faves “Free Range Girl” and “On the Back Roads.”
Mike has recently performed with Semi-Twang and The Delta Routine, and he and the band Yipes are currently on tour (they’ll be at Shank Hall in Milwaukee this Saturday, Feb. 16). We love and adore Mike (much respect) and are really happy to be working with him on this new project.
Into the studio we go, y’all — again! xo
Happy New Year from The Cow Ponies!
We just celebrated our third anniversary and we’re kickin’ our fourth year things off fresh as the featured band at Amplified Artist Sessions at Saloon on Calhoun (17000 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI)) Thursday, January 10.
Show starts at 7 p.m. with singer-songwriters in the round: Jay Matthes, Raine, and John & Brent from Tangled Lines will take turns playing you their music and then telling you what inspires their writing. Artists in the Round runs until about 8:30.
The Cow Ponies take the stage at 9 and we’ll be playing our originals for you for an hour straight. Most of you know by now that we ain’t that tame, so plan your cockles being good and warmed on a cold winter’s night.
Saloon on Calhoun is the 2018 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award Winner for “Best Venue.” Great food and drink menu, great stage, lotsa space. Get you sumthin good to eat, kick back, and take in some great live music. John & Robin performed as Artists in the Round back in March 2018 and it was a blast.
Amplified Artist Sessions at Saloon on Calhoun is free and open to the public. Thank you for supporting live local music!
The Cow Ponies xo
Well, y’all, Andy’s birthday is the day after Christmas. Robin’s was the 12th. Keith got his ole nasty Popeye arm sewn back together, and he’s back workin’ those pedal steel muscles again. And The Cow Ponies had a great 2018!
We couldn’t have done it without all of you who nominated us, voted for us, wrote about us, played us on the radio, invited us to play in your studios, booked us for shows and festivals, invited us to perform with them — and who came to see and listen and dance at our live shows!
These are all the reasons we’re havin’ us a big-ole party at the venue we played at for the very first time we played out as a band: the fabulous Circle-A Café, 932 E. Chambers Street in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee.
We’ll play 8-10 p.m., with a break somewhere in the middle. We’ll play all the danceable favorites, at least one punk rendition of a Christmas song, and, as we like to say in Wisconsin, we’ll be layin’ a couple-three new tunes we’re in the process of working on. Think of yourself as part of a rosy-cheeked focus group with alcohol and party favors.
Only 5 bucks gets ya in. Come on down! We’d love to see your fine selves and give ya a big ole hug!
The Cow Ponies xo
Right after our show with South City Revival at the tail-end of September, our pedal steel player Keith went in to have surgery on his crazy Popeye arm (a couple-a torn muscles), giving us much-needed time for a break after a crazy-busy summer to rest, relax, and learn some new originals, along with some cool covers.
Keith won’t be able to join us at Twisted Path Distillery this Friday night — his arm’s still in a sling — but we’ve set up a real nice show with them that runs 8 to 10 p.m. The best part: Alex Ballard is opening with an acoustic set, and H will be in tow too.
Then, because we won’t have Keith, Alex’ll be sittin’ in with The Cow Ponies on guitar and Lord knows what else. Come join us — there’s no cover, Twisted Path is in a way-hip-and-cool space on South 1st Street (The Lincoln Warehouse, 2018 S.1st St, in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee), and they make a variety of organic spirits: vodka, vodka, rum, rum (yes, two different kinds apiece), gin, whiskey, liqueurs, cocktails, cocktails, and cocktails. Cow Ponies founder John Graham’ll be right at home, and drummer Andy Stilin’ll be wearin’ his velvet smoking jacket!
Lookin’ forward to seein’ all y’all for a lovely, lovely night!
The Cow Ponies
Check out how swank Twisted Path is.
We can’t believe we’re saying this, but dang, we’re looking forward to playing an indoor show, and at an old friend’s to boot: Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall. It’s been a hot one in Mil-town, y’all. We felt the full force of those record-breaking heat waves that affected many of you around the country too.
We’ve played at Kochanski’s a bunch-a times, but we haven’t been there since June when we played at Polish Pile-Up. This Saturday night, we’re playing with new friends comin’ up from Chicago: South City Revival, purveyors of American music who, according to Shepherd Express, play “rootsy rock ‘n roll and and alt-country in bluesy licks and weepy pedal steel guitar.” Right up our alley.
It’ll be a good opportunity to see two pedal steels in one place. A great way to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a beautiful fall. The best place for Polish and Eastern European beers, and for dancin’, and for hula-hoopin’. Cool and mellow and rowdy and crazy. And the cover? Only five bucks!
Show starts at 9.p.m. Hope 2 C U there!
The Cow Ponies xo
Read about South City Revival in the Shepherd
Read about The Cow Ponies in the Shepherd
In another lifetime, three out of five of us Cow Ponies were playin’ in another band at Party on the Pavement, and WE HAD A BLAST. Great weather…great food and drink…Downtown Racine, Wisconsin…Lake Michigan…live music…running into friends…all these were definitely in play that day, and factored in to our having good memories of our show there to this day.
Fast forward to September 22, 2018, when everything that happened then, right down to the great fall weather, will also be on tap this weekend, when Party on the Pavement 2018 takes to the streets of Downtown Racine. The whole shebang runs 12 to 7 p.m., with three stages of live music. We’ll be on the Twin Disc Stage at State and Main Streets from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
There’ll also be games; rides; shopping; street performances; family activities; and that great food and drink that’s the hallmark of Party on the Pavement.
And the best part, besides our being there: IT’S FREE!
Hope 2 C U there! Get out in that beautiful fall sun with us!
The Cow Ponies xo
In honor of Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary, Katancha Rock, Rally & Roll is havin’ a big-ole party at Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds, and we’re a part of it!
For all y’all cowboys who are early risers and have great difficulty pickin’ between yer horse and yer motorcycle, come on down to the Summerfest grounds Sat., Sept. 1, to the Katancha Rock, Rally & Roll, where The Cow Ponies’ll be playin’ from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Klements Sausage & Beer Garden stage (perfect!).
For all y’all night-owl rhinestone cowboys who dig the urban party scene, ride over to Anodyne later on to see The Cow Ponies and Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. (See the post just below this one for deets.)
To quote Frank on “Shameless” (U.K.), “PARTY!”
Katancha Rock, Rally & Roll in Milwaukee
H-D 115th Anniversary Event Schedule
H-D 115th Anniversary Celebration
If Xposed 4Heads is our bestie, and Chris Head is our sartorial muse, then Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot is our sexy alternative girlfriend. (Think Mandy on “Shameless.”) For that reason and more, including that this is Anodyne we’re talkin’ about, we are really excited about this show!
Alex is one of the most talented guys we know, and as a band, we’ve been lovin’ him since we met two years ago during our first year of performing. The write-up on Anodyne says we first met two years ago playin’ together at the Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash that came through Milwaukee that August (we told ’em that). But we forgot that our true first show together was January 2016, at Club Girabaldi with Dog House Flowers and Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot a month after our very first performance (at our beloved Circle-A). When ABS hit the stage (they were a three-piece back then) we were transfixed. Mouths agape.
Fast forward 2.5 years: Our show takes place on the esteemed Anodyne stage (it’s beautiful) Saturday, September 1 at their main location (the Roastery) on 224 W Bruce Street in Milwaukee. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.
We’d luv 2 C U there! xo
More info about the show on Anodyne’s concert site
The Cow Ponies on Facebook
Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot on Facebook
Anodyne on Facebook
After the great night we had in Burlington doin’ our Cow-Pony thang at B-Town Sounds at Echo Veterans Memorial Park (thanks, everyone!), we are more psyched than ever to swing farther East to play at George’s Tavern. We’ve been looking forward to performing at George’s a loooong time, and now it’s here!
Located at 1202 North Main Street in bee-yoo-tee-full downtown Racine (and near the Marina and the Riverfront) George’s Tavern was founded in 1946 and today is known for its fab food and live music scene.
We’ll be playing three sets, starting at 9 p.m. and ending at 12 midnight. We got our Cow Ponies originals, our summer-festival-tested-and-approved covers, and we’ll be layin’ some of our newest stuff on ya too. No cover! Come early and grab yerself a Po’ Boy, a burger, or some chili and sumthin’ great to drink with it, and come kick it with us in Racine!
George’s Tavern on Facebook
George’s Tavern on the Web
Another band, another lifetime, we had the good fortune of playing at the Waterford River Rhythms summer concert series in Waterford, Wisconsin. The three of us from that band who are in TCP now remember it fondly: the great crowd, gorgeous setting right along the Fox River, and top-notch sound crew.
THIS THURSDAY, July 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., we are so very happy to be playing for the same folks, except this time in B-Town Sounds, beautiful Burlington, Wisconsin’s Summer Concert Series.
Every week of the series a different brewery is featured. This week, it’s Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company. As we speak, TCP has some Old Man Grumpy in their fridge. We make a great pair.
Here are some FAQs from B-Town Sounds about their Summer Concert Series:
B-Town Sounds is a free, OUTDOOR concert event in beautiful Echo Veterans Memorial Park. We do have some recommendations for being prepared:
- Bug spray, sunscreen, blankets/sweaters, and your own chair are all highly recommended to be as comfortable as possible. Being right on Echo Lake the weather can turn from warm and sunny to cool and breezy in a hurry! Public provided seating is also very limited and gets filled quickly.
- You may always bring your own food and beverages, however The Brat Stand is on hand with grilled food and cold refreshments if you leave your cooler at home! Additionally, our friends at Rice’s Liquor will have a different craft brewery at every show sampling and selling beers for patrons of the proper age with ID until 8:00PM. All food and beverage sales are cash only.
- Our most commonly asked question is about dogs: according to municipal code, dogs are not allowed in City parks. We recommend leaving furry friends at home, unfortunately.
- Parking spaces are available at Veteran’s Terrace and the auxiliary lot across the street, as well as any municipal lot/garage or street spots downtown. There is no charge for parking or admission.
- We try as hard as we can to be a rain or shine event. Weather can be unpredictable and we will always announce on this page and on the day’s event page by 4:00PM the day of if the show cannot continue that night.
See you this Thursday, lovelies! xo