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Wild Ponies get back to their roots with ‘Galax’

What happens when you throw a group of Nashville and Galax, Virginia, musicians who have never played together in a barn behind a farmhouse nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Musical magic.

That’s exactly what happened a year ago this month when the Wild Ponies – otherwise known as Doug and Telisha Williams – decided to get back to their musical and geographic roots.

“I had spent a lot time playing on my grandfather’s farm and it’s just a beautiful place to spend some time,” Doug said in a recent phone interview. “We wanted to play with people who played with my grandfather and then get some people from Nashville to play as well. It just felt like something we needed to do.” Continue reading


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Rhythm N’ Blooms set for April 7-9 in Knoxville, Tennessee

Rhythm N’ Blooms set for April 7-9, 2017, is a festival that at its heart is just as much about the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, as it is about music.

Sponsored by Yee-Haw Brewing Company and produced by Dogwood Arts in partnership with Attack Monkey Productions, acts set to perform in the Old City area include John Paul White, Parker Millsap, Nikki Lane, Jon Stickley Trio, Wild Ponies and Dave Eggar.

The festival honors the identity and spirit of rich its East Tennessee history while providing a premium listening environment for top-notch musical performances, according to the festival’s Facebook page. Knoxville’s story has always been set to music. Rhythm N’ Blooms highlights that soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of this city’s varied music history by showcasing popular national acts alongside the finest local musicians the area has to offer. Enjoy!


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Wild Ponies ride full circle with hometown album release

Mark your calendar for May 13 because that’s when you can purchase your very own copy of Wild Ponies new album, “Radiant” out on No Evil Records. While I found the whole album to be brilliant, buy it for the single, “Love Is Not A Sin,” alone. Trust me on this one.

Here’s a snippet of a verse: “It doesn’t matter who you love, when two lovers find each other, I’d say it’s sanctioned from above …”

The tune was written long before North Carolina’s H.B.2 and similar legislation was recently enacted, but it addresses the issue head on in the Wild Ponies unique rootsy, rock and oh-so eloquent way.

 

Natives Doug and Telisha Williams came full circle on Saturday night for the album’s release party at The Rives Theatre in downtown Martinsville, Virginia. If you missed them, you can hear them perform at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival set for May 26-29 in nearby Axton, Virginia. Continue reading


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Can’t wait for Rooster Walk 8? The Rives Theatre to host several acts in April to tide you over

If you haven’t seen a show at the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, you’re missing out. This former movie house is celebrating its sixth year as a live music venue and community space dedicated to arts and education. Managed by the nonprofit Arts at the Rives Theatre (ART), the theater, which dates back to 1932, is run solely by volunteers.

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Tickets on sale for first Brewster Walk featuring in Martinsville, Va., set for Oct. 10

Brewster Walk, a craft beer festival featuring live music is set for Saturday, Oct. 10, on East Church Street in front of the historic Rives Theatre in Uptown Martinsville,Virginia.

Brewster Walk will feature Parkway Brewery, among more than a dozen craft breweries, each of which will have multiple beers on tap at the festival, and musical performances from The Chris Duarte Group, Wild Ponies and JuntoContinue reading