Join us Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:30pm for a live show with Nashville-based acoustic folk band Wild Ponies and singer-songwriter Amelia White.
About Wild Ponies
Written during a busy year on the road, Things That Used To Shine is an album about leaving somethings behind…and meeting others head-on. It’s also the studio debut of Wild Ponies, a Nashville-based outfit fronted by Virginia natives Doug and Telisha Williams, who have previously toured and recorded as acoustic folk duo Doug & Telisha. Released by the band’s newly formed independent label, DitchDog Records, Things That Used To Shine finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, LucindaWilliams) recorded the album’s 12 songs in three days, running the band’s harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles. Casey Driessen, Russ Pahl, Jake Winebrenner and other heavy-hitting roots musicians also make appearances, beefing up the band’s songs with everything from organ to pedal steel.
Read an interview with Doug and Telisha at wildponies.net.
About Amelia White
When she turned 18, Amelia White left home. For years she and her parents had been at odds. “I was the youngest child,” she says. “And the much awaited first girl, but being artistic, gay and strong-willed was not what they had planned on. I found myself retreating into songs, stories and drawings, and realized I had to get out of there.” From that moment on, White began a journey that redefined what home and family meant to her, and this journey deeply infuses her tough, thoughtful new album Old Postcard. There’s grit to the record, not just in some of the louder guitars or the world-weariness of lyrics, but also in the way the East Nashville-based singer and songwriter finds hope despite life’s travails and shortcomings.
White’s love for music started very early. She was just 10 when she saved up her allowance to buy a guitar her brother had brought home from his Navy days, a 1968 Martin D-18 she still uses to this day. “I started writing quite young,” she says. “And sometimes people think I’m spacey, but that’s because these songs will not let go of me.” A grandfather Amelia never knew played banjo on the porch of his Virginia home every night, but White’s parents often fought her “tooth and nail” over her musical ambitions. “I knew what I wanted at a young age,” she says, “and their disapproval lit a fire. I listened over and over to my brothers records: Neil Young, Beatles, Stones, and Muddy Waters, and I wanted to know them all, I wanted to be them.”
White’s first move was to Boston where she cut her teeth in the same thriving folk scene that turned out Mary Gauthier and Lori McKenna. She was equally at home in the subway and rock clubs, and she formed an arty rock band that won a Boston Music award. The songs poured out, and she played, toured, and found ways to record her first two albums.
Read the rest of Amelia’s bio at ameliawhite.com.