The Cow Ponies is a Milwaukee-based band founded by music veteran John Graham in 2015. Our set list includes both original music written by John (guitar, vocals) and Tom T (bass, vocals), along with old country, alt country, and cow punk covers. Andy (drums), Keith (pedal steel), and Robin (vocals, sax) round out our crew. After […]
Check out our upcoming shows and listen to some original Cow Ponies music. We’re in the process of booking more shows for spring and summer, so please check back here or on our Facebook page! Our first CD, “Easy to Fall,” was released December 2, 2017 and is available on CD Baby! Here’s a taste […]
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.
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.
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!
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