Wild Ponies, Things That Used To Shine is unapologetically rooted in a Nashville country sound, but their musical fingertips and vocals cross boundaries fearlessly creating a sound that is not boxed in and is country inspired Americana. Why the name Wild Ponies for the now Nashville-based duo, it is from the small-but-mighty animal that roams their native Virginia highlands capturing their independent spirit.
The songs have an earthiness and often a darker side to ensure your interest is gained and retained. Opening with Make You Mine, with a an interesting swirling intro and then Telisha’s beguiling vocals as she defines that meeting family and friends is not wanted just I Want You this is dark and full of carnal desire fuelling the song – is it even a love song?; as she lays down her terms with purpose and intent. The title track is full of country musical colours and would be perfect for any hoe-down and even to grace the stage Grand Ole Opry. Iris half way through has a simple guitar and gentle mood but listen as the tale is dark and the tale is strong enough to be a novel, cleverly captured in four minutes proving the power of lyrics in a song. The tempo varies and Broken is upbeat with a country twang and a dance beat that has an infectious quality.
This is a duo in the making the music is full of textures and tones and they can deliver a sound that changes reflecting the lyrics that drive the songs as shown on Love Is Not A Sin as they harmonise and sing with a simplicity that has a purity.
The album was released in 2013, and is receiving renewed attention as the duo are touring the U.K. in November 2015. Things That Used to Shine produced by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris etc.); reflecting inspiration behind the duo’s music. Another album is due out in 2016 and it will be fascinating to see how this duo has developed the style and promise shown on this debut album.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD SIX doodle paws out of TEN ….
1. Make You Mine
2. The Truth Is
4. Things That Used To Shine
5. Trouble Looks Good On You
7. Valentine’s Day
8. Massey’s Run
9. Want To Be Gone
11. Revival Wasteland
12. Another Chance
13. Love Is Not A Sin
Wild Ponies – November 2015 UK Tour
Doug & Telisha Williams with Tobias Humble on drums
Fri 6 Scarborough (TBC) TBC
Sat 7 Leeds Seven Arts
Sun 8 Twickenham Twickfolk, The Cabbage Patch co-headline with Amelia Curran
Mon 9 Brighton The Greys
Tues 10 East Grinstead Dorset Arms
Weds 11 Sheffield Greystones
Thurs 12 Didcot Cornerstone Art Centre
Fri 13 Launceston Café No. 8
Sat 14 Elford, nr. Lichfield Elford Village Hall
Mon 16 Formby Cafe D’Art, Grateful Fred’s