This terrific show comin’ up is hot off the press, y’all.
When Company Brewing (735 E Center St, Milwaukee’s Riverwest Neighborhood) contacted us about playing with Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders, it took .5 seconds for us to jump on the opportunity. #muchadmiration
Hailing from Chicago, Dan and the boys (Chi-town music veterans Two Smokes, T-Bone & Chase) play all-original honky tonk. They’ve been together since 2004 and their latest album, “Anything You Wanted To,” was released in 2017. The band is currently working on their fourth album, due out later this year. Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders is currently touring the MidWest, and has been nominated for a 2019 Ameripolitan Award for Best Honky Tonk Band.
We haven’t yet met them in person, but we in TCP already feel like DWSB is our spirit animal. The Cow Ponies kick off the night at 10:30 p.m. Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders take the stage at 11:45 p.m.
Cover: $5 at the door
You know you need your head to spin in a good way, and we really wanna do that for you, so please join us. It’s gonna be a kick-ass night! xo
Notes:The Cow Ponies start the show at 10:30 p.m. And Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders jump onstage at 11:45 p.m. We’re from Milwaukee, and DWSB is from Chicago. For links and other info, check out our story!
The first time we were asked to be part of Jeff Harrington’s Bob Dylan Revisited Series, we had to say no because Robin was going to be out of the country for a few weeks.
This year is the magic year: The whole Cow Ponies band won’t be there, but John and Robin will, performing an acoustic version “You’re A Big Girl Now” (just like Dylan’s) but using a bass clarinet instead of a harmonica.
The show, at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust St. in Milwaukee, starts at 9 p.m. and also features John Sieger of Semi-Twang; Pete Roller; Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot; and Chris Haise.
Cover is 8 bucks and it all goes to the esteemed Alzheimer’s Association. We’d all love to see you there!
The last time we performed at Thoughts for Food, the annual music event benefitting the Racine County Food Bank, three of us were playing R&B, soul, ska, and reggae-beat in a whole other band in a whole other lifetime. That’s obviously gonna change when we hit the stage at TFF this Saturday night, playing original alt country and cow punk written by John and Tom T. What we know’ll be the same are the great crowds that move from venue to venue and land right smack in front of your stage for a piece. And the sound crew, oh, the sound crew: some of the best we’ve ever worked with. We’re looking forward to hanging with you again, dear Racine, and invite you to spend part of the last leg of Thoughts for Food with us at John’s Dock, located at 303 Dodge Street in downtown Racine, right by the water. Tickets are available for ten bucks until noon on Friday the 3rd; thereafter, they’re still an excellent price at $15. Your ticket gets you into all 15 TFF venues. The event goes 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., and we’ll be at John’s Dock from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. See y’all!
Tom T and Carter Hunnicutt of Those X-Cleavers, next Saturday night at Circle-A Cafe, Alive at 8! Carter opens the show with his solo material, then joins The Cow Ponies on keyboards for their set. A must-see show! Below: Carter, Tom T, and John Graham, doin’ a little rehearsin’ Wed. night.
Happy Holidays from The Cow Ponies, man! This will always be a special time of year for us, as it’s the anniversary of our very first gig: December 26, 2015 at Circle-A doing Alive at 8. Seems fitting then that we do Alive at 8 again, this time in early-ish January, and with special guest Carter Hunnicutt, who’s both opening and sitting in with us in lieu of pedal-steeler Keith, who’ll be at a father-daughter dance that night. We’d love to see you there!
Man, oh man, are we ever excited about this show at McAuliffe’s Pub! The last time John, Tom, and Robin played in Racine, it was with a different band, in a whole different lifetime.
One thing from back then that we’ve never forgotten is the loyal support of J J McAuliffe, owner of the Pub, and all the people of Racine, who were really good to us and kept us coming back for gigs throughout town. It goes without saying that we’re happy to be heading to Racine again – we hope it’s the start of another long and beautiful relationship.
Another thing we’re a thousand percent psyched about is being on the McAuliffe’s bill with national act Dave Arcari, the Scottish alt blues singer-guitarist who’s making his way around the States on tour, and whose videos we can’t get enough of on YouTube. Hell, just go to his website and check out the beard and the tatts and the voice, and you’ll start to know what we mean. #obsessed
Better yet, after you get your taste on the Internet, get yourself to McAuliffe’s to see us and Mr. Arcari (Dave opens the show) live and in living color. It’ll be a pretty wild night. Count on it.
We’re very proud and happy to announce that we’re playing with The Mosleys at Linneman’s River West Inn in a few weeks, on Friday, July 29! Some of us have been crazy about Mike Fredrickson’s solo projects for a long time, and earlier in the year, a couple of us went to see The Mosleys at Kochanski’s on a Sunday and were blown away. Wayn-o was right all along when he kept telling us, “You GOTTA check ’em out.” Love and thanks to our Tom T for proposing the idea of this show to Mike and then setting it all up. As we all want it to be kind of an early night (and maybe you do too), The Cow Ponies will start around 8, and The Mosleys will be on about 9:45. We’re rolling out a few brand-new songs, and would love to see you there!
Poster by: Our Own Andy Stilin. Spell-check wants to change his last name to “Stallion.”
Very happy to say that we’ve been added to the bill of Milwaukee’s world-famous Polish Pile-Up Music Fest at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, replete with Polish queens, cars, bikes, food, drink, and six hours of live music! The Cow Ponies are on during the 4:30-5:30 p.m. time slot, just before Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine closes the day. Ere-thang starts at noon. Come on out for a busload of fun in the South Side sun!