Beloved, energetic and soulful five-piece Americana, alt-country/folk band the Show Ponies released their new studio LP, How It All Goes Down, last Friday, January 20th. Produced by Andy Freeman (Eisley/Manchester Orchestra, Rocketboys), the album follows the band’s 2014 EP Run For Your Life and 2013 LP We’re Not Lost, which to date have garnered over 14 million plays on Spotify.
From the driving intro of “The Time It Takes” to the final fiddle note of the title track, How It All Goes Down is a folksy reflection on the end of the world. Drawing from journeys through heartache, exhaustion, and joy in their time both at home and on the road, the Show Ponies look at doomsday through a largely hopeful lens. The same nostalgic bent that first endeared them to fans shows up in tracks like “Kalamazoo” and “Folks Back Home”: odes to how ‘the way things were’ can never be again. Poignant lyrics come alive in the Ponies’ heartfelt harmonies—the four horsemen (and one horsewoman) of a rollicking apocalyptic hoedown.
“The main idea behind the album is the lyric, ‘I promise I will love you through the blaze.’ We’ve gone through fire as individuals and as a band to be able to make this album happen and actually stand behind the songs,” said bassist and lead vocalist Clayton Chaney. “Our commitment to keep on loving no matter what goes down is what gets us through, and that’s what we hope listeners get out of this too.”
The Show Ponies are Clayton Chaney (lead vocals, bass), Andi Carder (lead vocals, banjo), Jason Harris (vocals, guitar), Philip Glenn (fiddle), and Kevin Brown (drums). The band will celebrate the new album at home in Los Angeles tonight, January 24th, at the legendary Troubadour. They will then embark on a U.S. tour beginning February 23rd that is expected to run throughout the spring and summer.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
01.24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
01.26 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
01.28 Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
02.23 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
02.24 Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog
02.25 Prosser, WA @ Brewminatti
02.26 Tacoma, WA @ Immanuel Presbyterian Church
02.27 Wenatchee, WA @ Caffe Mela
03.01 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
03.02 Redding, CA @ Vintage Wine Bar
03.03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
03.04 Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club Casino
03.12 Pismo Beach, CA @ The Cliffs Resort
03.17 Cortez, CO @ Sunflower Theatre
03.25 Springfield, MO @ The Gallery of the Gilloiz Theater
03.26 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
* supporting Steep Ravine