Wild Ponies - Galax

Wild Ponies - Galax

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Galax pays tribute to the powerful music and rugged landscape of Southwest Virginia, where both Wild Ponies' members Doug and Telisha Williams were born and raised. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. The stripped-back album nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Recorded in the shed behind Doug's old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), Galax returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots. Galax's track list is filled with upright bass, acoustic guitar, twin fiddles, Telecaster, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonies, gang vocals, and even some stripped-down percussion. Every song was recorded live, never once pausing the process to listen to the performance they'd just captured. It wasn't until Wild Ponies returned home to Nashville that they finally heard the wild magic documented during those mountaintop sessions. Bridging the gap between old and new, the album features revered old-time players Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer from its namesake, Galax, Virginia, and some of the band's favorite musicians from Nashville: Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard, and Audrey Spillman to create a modern masterpiece with traditional folk influences.

Telisha Williams - Vocals, Bass
Doug Williams - Vocals, Guitar
Fats Kaplin - Pedal steel, Fiddle, Banjo
Will Kimbrough - Guitar, Mandolin
Audrey Spillman - Harmony Vocals
Neilson Hubbard - Drums
Kyle Dean Smith - Banjo
Snake Smith - Guitar
Kilby Spencer - Fiddle

Vocals on Sally Ann - Annelle Williams, Doug Williams, Sr, Patti Meredith, Phillys Smith, Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, Mandy Johnson, Kelley Breiding, Doug, Fats, Will, Neilson and Audrey.

1. Sally Ann (Traditional)
2. Tower And The Wheel (Doug & Telisha Williams)
3. Pretty Bird (Hazel Dickens)
4. To My Grave (Doug & Telisha Williams)
5. Will They Still Know Me (Ben Glover, Doug & Telisha Williams)
6. Hearts And Bones (Amelia Curran, Doug & Telisha Williams)
7. Jackknife (Jon Byrd)
8. Mamma Bird (Amelia White, Doug & Telisha Williams)
9. Goodnight Partner (Perry Frye, Alice Leon)
10. Here With Me (Perry Frye, Doug & Telisha Williams)

Recorded August 14th & 15th at Gambetty Farm in Galax, Virginia
Produced by Neilson Hubbard and Doug Williams
Engineered and Mixed by Neilson Hubbard
Artist: Wild Ponies
Label: Gearbox Records
Catalogue: GB1540
Barcode: 5065001717550
Format: CD & LP
Release Date: 20th October 2017

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