ALBUM REVIEW: The Show Ponies ” How It All Goes Down”

“How It All Goes Down” is the fourth release from the upbeat and soulful California based group, The Show Ponies. With their deep lyrics and intricate instrumentals, this record is a breath of fresh musical air from top to bottom.

“The Time It Takes”. The message is right there in the title and the genuine lyrics back that idea up perfectly. If there is ever any question or doubt, this song will leave you feeling hopeful.

“Ain’t it funny where we were back then

Ain’t it funny where we are right now

It’s strange the time it takes for us, to finally start to figure it out.”

The blue grass vibe is everything in “This World Is Not My Home”, a reminder that that life is a journey, not a destination.

“Kalamazoo” features lead vocalist Andi Carder and her delicate voice.  As the song builds so does her power. We have already heard her subtle harmonies in the first few tracks, and now is her time to shine.

We are invested in the story that comes with “Someone To Stay”, and just how it will all unfold. Was he the one? Did she call? The confidence in his voice tells us that this song has a happy ending.

 

“Let me know, I’m the one you fell in love with, 

let me know, you’ll call me when you need, 

somebody strong and tall and brave, 

one to fix things when they break, 

one to take your breath away, 

someone to stay.” 

“Shoulda Shown Him” has a mysterious and vindictive tone and Carder jumps right into character, while “Folks Back Home” is a testament to living. Do your thing, world.

“I can’t quite explain, why I do the things I do, 

makes life worth living for me and I hope the same for you.

So go on and make your living, 

I’m giving a song to get you through, 

with the hope that I can keep on living too.”

The second half of this record is much more stripped down and raw with tracks such as “Sweetly” and “If You Could Break That Chain” and they round out their 13 tracks with the declaration “Bravery Be Written”, and the title track ” How It All Goes Down”. 

“God’s gonna set this world on fire, 

he’ll set this world on fire one of these days.

If we’re still around to see how it all goes down, 

I promise I will love you through the blaze”

The Show Ponies put life in perspective with their words and music, touching upon serious issues, and delivering inspiration. It is an engaging album with a new turn at every track. With hints of rock and roll, blue grass, and country ballads, The Show Ponies have certainly left their mark and proved their ability to create a successful and diverse piece of work.

 

Kristin Whyte

Kristin Whyte

There was no specific event that made me fall in love with country music, it was simply the style that hit me the hardest. I’ve been involved with music from a young age and it has helped get to where I am today. I graduated Albright College with a degree in Music Business and currently work in New York City with Music Licensing. When I’m not working with music, you can find me listening to it, watching it, or playing it. I consider myself lucky when I look back at the various concerts I’ve attended, from classics such as Brooks & Dunn and George Strait, to the incredible new talents of Eric Church and The Band Perry. It only makes me want more. Music is something I can always count on and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share this love with all of you!

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