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.)
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!
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.
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.
TONIGHT IN BAY VIEW, WISCONSIN! With Kerosene Stars outta Chicago and Certain Stars outta Milwaukee. The Cow Ponies kick things off from 10 to 10:45 p.m. Kerosene Stars are on 11-11:45 p.m., with Certain Stars closing up at midnight. It’s our first time at Frank’s, and we’re psyched for a great night of kick-ass rock and alt country!
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!
Notes:Alternating sets: The Cow Ponies kick off the afternoon at 2 p.m. and come back at 4. Rockabilly Rebels USA hit the stage at 3 p.m. and come back at 5. Did we mention that we are sooo excited about this show?
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