The Cow Ponies @ Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash @ Linneman’s, Sat., 8.27.16

When we were asked to be a part of Cosmic American Productions’ 9th Annual Gram Parsons Birthday Bash, we were like, “Are you sure? We’re so rowdy.”

Nicknamed the “Heartland Show,” the Linneman’s leg of the traveling one-night festival celebrates Gram Parsons and his far-reaching influence on country music (and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones), with the ultimate goal of getting Parsons inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. One of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Most Important Artists of All Time,” Parsons died in 1973 at the age of 26. This November would have been his 70th birthday.

After Will James, organizer of the Birthday Bash, told us “You’re in,” one thing led to another, and here we are, one rehearsal away from headlining the show this Saturday night at Linneman’s River West Inn on Locust Ave., 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Seven country-influenced bands from Chicago and Milwaukee will each play 40-minute sets, including some Parsons’ songs and their own original material. The Cow Ponies’ set starts at midnight.

Two of the Milwaukee bands that will also be there are Doghouse Flowers and Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot, with whom we played in one hella-stellar show back in January.

Admission at the door is $10. That’s a buck-forty-three per band. Yeah. We’ll see ya there.


Last weekend, our drummer Andy played at DEVOtional, the annual two-day tribute to Devo at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, with his other band, dear friends Xposed 4Heads. When you see him, ask him about it. They killed it.

The Cow Ponies w/ Law & Love @ Circle-A Café, Sat., 8.6.16

If you’re part of the old Milwaukee music scene – and even if you’re not – you’ll love this show, a more-than-friendly face-off between John Graham of the Rock-A-Dials slash Tom T of Those X-Cleavers, and Bobby Steele of Tense Experts: three guys whose bands were highly influential in the 80s scene, who have been making music all along since that magical time in Mil-town’s musical history. Check out their newest projects – John and Tom T in The Cow Ponies, and Bobby in his Rockford, IL-based Law & Love. Lotsa mutual respect there. So intriguing that Robin’s long-long-long-time besties are drivin’ over from Cleveland (OH, not WI) to check it out. You should too.


The Cow Ponies @ Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, Fri., 5.20.16


Fresh off our appearance on WMSE’s Local/Live show on the 3rd, The Cow Ponies take the stage at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall Friday, May 20th. In April, a few of us Ponies spent two weekends in a row at Kochanski’s checking out The Mosleys and  The Exotics, two fabulous Milwaukee bands (the latter of which just got back from playing six shows at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend), so we know firsthand there’s a boatload of kick-ass energy at this venue. Thanks to Andy for booking us!

The Cow Ponies @ WMSE’s Local/Live, Tues., 5.3.16


The Cow Ponies are pleased to announce that we will be on WMSE’s renowned Local/Live series on Tuesday, May 3, 6-7 p.m. Tune in and join us for on-air interviews, six original Cow Ponies songs, and John talking about who and what inspired him to start the band. While on the show, we hope to be promoting our next live gig (to be announced)! More on Local/Live