Timing was everything for the LA based Americana Band, The Show Ponies. When Andi Carder and Clayton Chaney discovered a musical connection in their home state of Texas, the two did not expect to land in the same city just one year later.
After reconnecting, the pair immediately began to write, record, and piece their group together one by one. Close friend Jason Harris (vocals, guitar), had to get his hands on producing, and Philip Glenn (fiddle), and Kevin Brown (drums) tied everything together. Soon, a soulful and genuine style emerged.
Drawing inspiration from a wide variety of artists such as The Stanley Brothers, Queen, Bruce Molsky, Roger Miller, The Weepies, Dawes, Bob Dylan, Punch Brothers, and The Sons of Otis Malone, to name a few, The Show Ponies began their musical journey with their first record in 2013. The band’s guitarist and vocalist, Jason Harris, produced We’re Not Lost, and the EP release of Run For Your Life followed soon after. Now, the infectious sounds of The Show Ponies are set to release their third record, How It All Does Down.
“You’ll definitely hear a more diverse set of influences on this record. A few of the songs have the most bluegrass sound we’ve ever had and a lot of the songs have a much bigger rock ’n roll sound in comparison to our previous recordings.” Clayton hinted.
Alongside their sound, The Show Ponies are bringing us a wide variety of content throughout, tackling some heavy subjects and challenging themselves lyrically to execute their message.
“We have a few fun love songs on the new album, but we explore some deeper territory lyrically with subjects like idolization, salvation, standing up against harassment, overcoming depression, and the end of the world.”
This upcoming record proves that the group has only continued to grow as artists and when asked what they thought were some of their biggest accomplishments, a few important collaborations stuck out.
“Playing with Noam Pikelny on our last record and playing with Michael Daves in New York were both pretty surreal experiences/accomplishments.” Chaney reminisced, and although The Show Ponies have already had a successful career there are some things still left on their professional bucket list.
“Playing in the UK is on our bucket list. We have a lot of listeners and fans there who often send us requests to tour there.”
How It All Goes Down is due out on January 20 of 2017, and fans are not the only ones ready for new music, The Show Ponies themselves are anxious for the next chapter of their career to begin.
“We are definitely excited about releasing the record and seeing how it is received. We haven’t put out new music since late 2014 so it’s about time!”