The Cow Ponies are going on a little hiatus for a couple of months as our founder and band leader John recovers from surgery and we get our new keyboard player Jeff Stehr up to speed on our songlist. Keith Bolog, our pedal steel player, is no longer with the band—we wish him well.

Because of John’s surgery and drummer Tom Mohan’s motorcycle accident, The Rock-a-dials / Cow Ponies show scheduled for December 28 at Circle-A Café in Riverwest (Milwaukee) has been cancelled. In our place are two great bands: Resist Her Transistor (our drummer Andy is their drummer too) and Spudbucket (our bass player Tom T is their frontman). John and Robin of The Cow Ponies hope to be out here on these streets by then—we’d love to see you at Circle-A for this really cool show. 8-10 p.m. $5 cover.

In the meantime, we wish you a very happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you late winter/early spring with some new music, a new rockin’ line-up—and our new CD, produced by Mike Hoffman. Back soon!

The Cow Ponies

The Cow Ponies @ George’s Tavern, Sat., 10.5.19

Happy Fall, Everyone!

This Saturday night we’re heading down Route 32, along the lake from Milwaukee to Racine, and landing at George’s Tavern, 1201 N. Main St.

We look forward to spending time with all you wonderful folks at George’s again. Since we last played there we’ve been busy writing and recording new music, some of which we’ll be mixing with our standard originals from our debut CD, “Easy to Fall.” Our second CD is due out early 2020.

We’re greatly appreciative of George’s Tavern’s support of local, live, original music. It’s a hella fun place to play, with great people, great sound, and a terrific food and drink menu. See y’all this Saturday night! Show starts at 9 p.m. No cover.

The Cow Ponies xo

Log on to Facebook and check out George’s Tavern’s page

The Cow Ponies w/ Matt Davies @ Twisted Path Distillery, Fri., 9.6.19

We are very happy to be heading back to Twisted Path Distillery, this time with Matt Davies, who’ll be performing a solo acoustic set. We heard from a fellow musician at a recent show that Matt’s latest release, “Flowers & Ticket Stubs,” is, and we quote, “BRILLIANT.”

We’re near the end of recording our second Cow Ponies CD with Mike Hoffman; this Friday night, September 6th, we’ll be playing some brand-new songs that’ll be on that disc. Twisted Path is located at 2018 South 1st Street in Milwaukee, on the west edge of Bay View. One-a our fave places to have cocktails, yo. #thisdrinkisbananas #drfrankenstein

Matt kicks off our evening together at 8 p.m.; The Cow Ponies hit the stage around 8:50 p.m. No cover, lil’ babies. Lookin’ forward to seeing your beautiful faces!

The Cow Ponies xo

Twisted Path’s Cocktail Menu + A Map
Matthew Davies Music

John + Robin of TCP @ Gilded Palace of Sin @50 Fest, Linneman’s, Sat., 8.24.19

Cosmic International Productions is at it again. The annual international tour celebrating Gram Parsons’ music is making its second stop in Milwaukee in three years at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 E Locust Street, on Saturday, August 24 starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 12:30 a.m. Tickets are available at GramParsons.MKE-live

Seven bands from Green Bay to Milwaukee to Chicago will play songs from Flying Burrito Bros.’ “Gilded Palace of Sin” LP. John and Robin of The Cow Ponies are kickin’ off the event with an acoustic set of Parsons songs and some of our TCP originals, including a couple of our brand-new ones.

Here’s the full line-up:

John + Robin of The Cow Ponies: 7-7:40 p.m.
Dan Whitaker + The Shinebenders: 7:55-8:35
The Chris Haise Band: 8:50-9:30
The Raglanders: 9:45-10:25
Tangled Lines: 10:40-11:20
Alex Ballard + Sugarfoot, plus Finale: 11:30-12:30

For more info, check out the Facebook event

The Cow Ponies @ Nice Ash Cigar Bar, Sat., 8.3.19

We are happy to report that this Saturday, August 3, The Cow Ponies are headin’ for beautiful downtown Waukesha, just down Barstow from the beautiful Carroll University, where Robin teaches, to perform at Nice Ash Cigar Bar. It’s a grand old space with the largest humidor we’ve ever seen, and a gorgeous old wood bar that wraps all the way around. At 323 West Main Street, just down the street from Antiques & Uniques and Allô Chocolat!, which at least two of us consider lil’ slices-a heaven here on Earth.

Show begins at 9 p.m. and continues right up until midnight with two tiny breaks here and there. Waxing crescent moon. Hookah. Plenty of cozy places to sit and chat with friends, miles of room to dance. Whiskey. Beer. Wine. Cocktails. Specials.

Please join us, y’all! It’ll be a fun night! Thanks to Joette and Jeff for havin’ us.

The Cow Ponies xo

Check out Nice Ash

The Cow Ponies @ B-Town Sounds in Burlington, Thursday, 7.25.19

We are very pleased to announce that our show at B-Town Sounds Concert Series is right around the corner. We played there last summer and loved every single second of it. Happy to be back, Burlington!

This summer finds us in the throes of making our second CD of all-original music. We’ll be layin’ some of our brand-new music on you, stuff we haven’t played anywhere but in rehearsal and the studio, and we’re really looking forward to performing it live for the first time. We’ll also be playing some old-country favorites.

B-Town Sounds takes place in Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Avenue in Burlington. Food and beverage will be on hand–Third Space is the featured brewery. Bring a blanket; bring the lawn chairs; bring a readiness to have a good ole time.

Show starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Can’t wait to see you all!

The Cow Ponies xo

The Cow Ponies + Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders @ Company Brewing, Fri., 6.14.19

Dan Whitaker

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

Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders on the Web
Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders on Facebook
The Facebook event (say yes!)
Check out Co-Brew’s food + bev menus

The Cow Ponies @ Blood on the Tracks Revisited @ Linneman’s, Sat., 5.18.19

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 Cow Ponies w/ Miles Maxwell @ Kochanski’s Sunday Matinee, Sun., 4.7.19

Cleveland got three inches of snow yesterday, but spring is sho-nuff in the air and all around here in Milwaukee. Perfect time for a Sunday Matinee at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall!

At this Sunday’s live music matinee (get ready for some day drinkin’), we’re pairing up with new friends Miles Maxwell, who are coming up I-94 from Chicago to spend the first half of the afternoon (2-4 p.m.) playing their brand of blues and alt-country (check out their sound on Spotify). The band’s first CD, Red Ghost, is available on their website.   

And then there’s us with our crazy alt-country cowpunk thang, which we’ll be doing from 4 to 6 p.m. We’re hard at work on our second CD with producer Mike Hoffman, starting out with our sights on an EP…but it could very well turn out to be another full-length. Stay tuned…

Until then, loves, we hope to see you at Kochanski’s. Only 5 bucks to get in. Come on in and help us give Miles Maxwell a big ole Mil-town welcome!

The Cow Ponies xo 

Miles Maxwell on Facebook

The Cow Ponies on Facebook

The Cow Ponies w/ Chris Haise Band + J.R. & The Strangers @ Linneman’s Riverwest Roots Night, Sat., 3.23.19

We know we always say we’re excited about shows and honored to be playing with musicians. But it’s true, and this time is no different. Linneman’s Riverwest Inn has been good to us, we’ve played with Chris Haise before (via Paladino), and R.J. Neale of J.R. & The Strangers has been a dream to work with, and it all comes together Saturday, March 23, when we three play at what we hope becomes the Riverwest Roots Night series.

Normally, The CowPonies are all set to dip the quill in the ink well, but honestly, we can’t say it any better than Justin already has in social media. So here goes (and we quote):

Join us for a genre-bending roots music party! Winding down a road of outlaw country, electric folk and blues, J.R. & The Strangers has been rocking southeast Wisconsin since November 2018. The band gallops along thanks to singer-songwriters Justin Jagler and R.J. Neale, lead guitarist Jim Richie and drummer Jake Stanzer.

The Cow Ponies is a Milwaukee-based band founded by music veteran John Graham in 2015. The band’s 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 the crew.

Chris Haise (pronounced Hi-zee) is a mild mannered, mildly ambitious singer/songwriter. His award-winning folk and Americana music is influenced by Bob Dylan and the Beatles.

$5 cover. Show at 8 p.m. See the poster below for who plays when. 

Hope to see you there, loves!
The Cow Ponies xo