The Cow Ponies @ B-Town Sounds, Thurs., 7.26.18

Hey Y’all!

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

The Cow Ponies @ Music in the Glen, Wed., 7.18.18

We are very happy and proud to be part of the 2018 Music in the Glen Free Summer Concert Series.

Our show is THIS WED., 7-8:30 p.m. in The Richard E. Maslowski Community Park (2200 W. Bender Rd.) in beautiful Glendale, Wisconsin. Look for free parking on the street and in the parking lot west of the Amphitheater. 

Beer, soda, snacks, and food are available at the Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis. Hearty thanks to MITG and our sponsor, Silver Spring House.

And did we say “free”? IT’S FREE!

Would luv 2 CU! xo

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The Cow Ponies Live on Riverwest Radio, Sat., 7.7.18

Tune in this Saturday, July 7, to “Sessions with Sandy” on
Riverwest Radio WXRW-LP 104.1 FM when The Cow Ponies                
play acoustic versions of cuts from our debut CD, “Easy to Fall,” 
plus some new stuff we’re working on.

The show’ll feature John Graham on guitar; Tom T on acoustic
bass; Robin Graham on percussion; and all three of us on vocals. 
Throughout the one-hour show, which runs 6:30-7:30 p.m., we’ll 
also be chatting with host Sandy Weisto about music and life,
including some of our upcoming shows, a few side projects, and 
a new EP. 

To tune in to Riverwest Radio:
• Dial your radio to WXRW 104.1 FM
• Tell Alexa, “Play Riverwest Radio on TuneIn”
• Use the TuneIn radio app
Stream Riverwest Radio live at

Hearty thanks to Sandy for having us; we are really looking forward
to it. See you on the airwaves, lovelies! xo 

The Cow Ponies @ Summerfest, Sat., 6.30.18

We are thrilled to let you know that we are playing Summerfest, The World’s Largest Music Festival, on Saturday, June 30, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage (at the north end of the festival grounds). 

We’ll be playing almost everything off of our debut CD, “Easy to Fall,” plus a few of our fave Country Western covers with a dash of Cow Pony special sauce. 

Also on stage will be our debut of The Free Range Girls, who’ll appear during our fab fan-favorite “Free Range Girl,” slated to appear on our upcoming EP.

Sunday, June 24, Duncan McManus of FM106.1–Milwaukee’s Best Country! will be hosting a special of edition of “Homemade Jams” during which he’ll showcase all the local country artists playing at Summerfest 2018. Duncan’ll be closing the show with “Easy to Fall,” the title cut off our CD. The show runs 10-10:30 p.m. Central Time. 

Thanks to Vic Thomas, Summerfest, Duncan McManus, and FM106.1 for their support of our music and all the local artists they include on their rosters. Life is pretty dang good, y’all! xo   

The Cow Ponies In The Press + On The Radio


May was a great month for The Cow Ponies: We attended the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards, were played on commercial radio, and had a great lil’ story written about us.

The first time Duncan McManus played us on FM106.1 – Milwaukee’s Best Country! was Sunday, May 13, when he spun “Halfway Between Heartache (and the Blues)” from our debut CD Easy to Fall on his “Homemade Jams” show at 10 p.m. He played “Steel Train” the following Sunday, May 20; John and Robin streamed it on Robin’s cell at the WAMI Awards as they were wrapping up.

Tonight, June 10, at 10 p.m. Duncan’s playing us again, and we’re thrilled! “Some of my favorite new stuff,” he posted on Facebook. Thank you, Duncan and FM 106.1: Your support of our original music means a great deal to us. 

On May 24, Shepherd Express, Milwaukee’s pre-emminent news and arts paper, ran a story about us. Back in April, John and Robin met with the esteemed Dave Luhrssen, managing editor and long-time writer at the Shepherd, over coffee. The result: A story we absolutely love titled “Cow Ponies Play With ‘That Pure American Invention.'” Thank you, Dave, for such a wonderful piece!

Thanks also to these wonderful indie radio stations that  are playing tracks off our Easy to Fall CD: WMSE 91.7FM (Milwaukee School of Engineering); WFAQ 103.3FM (Mukwonago); and The Great Unknown Radio (Wisconsin Indie Music). We were also WCCX 104.5FM‘s “Band of the Month” for April (Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin). We love and appreciate you.  

We didn’t win the 2018 WAMI for “Best Country Artist.” But it was a blast to attend the awards ceremony, and it was, is, and always will be an honor to have been nominated. We can always call ourselves “The WAMI-Nominated Cow Ponies” now, and in our book that’s pretty dang cool. Thanks to all who nominated and voted for us, and thanks to WAMI for putting on an entertaining show! We’re proud to be members and part of it all.


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