The Show Ponies

The Show Ponies (9:30 PM)

Freddy & Francine (8:30 PM)

Tue, January 24, 2017

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

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The Show Ponies - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Show Ponies
The Show Ponies will release their newest LP, How It All Goes Down, at the Troubadour on January 24th. The night will feature Los Angeles duo Freddy & Francine opening the show.

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“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.” – Louis Armstrong

A concrete city’s heartbeat lies in its people’s country roots. And in a city full of transplants, sometimes you find a perfect match. When Arkansas native Clayton Chaney came across native Texan Jason Harris in college, it laid the groundwork for a beautiful, musical friendship.

Through collaborations with Harris, Chaney soon met and began writing and performing with fellow Houstonian Andi Carder, whose sassy songstress leanings paired impeccably with his down-home lyrical style. Once Harris heard the duo’s dynamic, he pulled in fellow college music mavens Kevin Brown on drums and Philip Glenn on fiddle, and the Show Ponies soon hit their stride.

Their debut record, 2013’s We’re Not Lost, premiered their brand of energetic, soulful Americana that would become their signature sound. What started as a small side gig quickly picked up speed, as their project soon gained a devoted grassroots following.

Six years after their first show as the Show Ponies, the group has announced their most ambitious project to date, How It All Goes Down. 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 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 Fab Five 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 party.

While no one knows quite what the future does hold, the Show Ponies plan to face it the same way they’ve faced the past six years. Wedding or funeral, high time or dry time, there’s one cross-country tour van ready for whatever lies ahead. For folks like these, there’s only one way to take on whatever’s to come, which is summed up nicely on the final lyric of the forthcoming album:

“Keep on lovin’ you and singing my song.”
Freddy & Francine - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Freddy & Francine
Authenticity in the music industry is slippery when wet. Everyone praises its value, yet when an
artist is truly authentic, it is often only embraced if it can be easily walked on without slipping and landing
in a pile of genre-related questions.
To the casual observer, Freddy & Francine seem safely cemented as a folk duo. They got the
look. The soulful harmonies. The folk circuit bookings — over 150 a year, including the legendary
Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They’re even getting married. Cute. Even their act’s name is cute. You could
make a movie about it. Someone probably has.
But Freddy & Francine (their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso) aren’t interested in
acting, or genres, or talking or not talking about their relationship. They’ve done all that. They’ve even
recently left their longtime home of Los Angeles for Nashville. And they’ve never looked more like
themselves.
“We just want to play music all the time and we don't care about the rest of the bullshit,” Ferris
said.
And there’s been plenty of bullshit. The Hollywood types, the rat race, the traffic, Ferris’s struggle
with alcoholism (he’s now five years sober). Longtime fans know that the band took a three-year hiatus
when Ferris and Caruso’s relationship unraveled, a time which found Ferris turning his back on music
while driving trucks in L.A., and Caruso working an office job in New York.
During this break, both seemingly were able to land on their feet. Ferris was cast as Carl Perkins
in the Broadway and touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet, and Caruso co-wrote and filmed a
television pilot in Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon home (her friend rents it), featuring Seth Rogen, and sold
the thing to ABC.
But appearances can be deceiving.
“I was miserable in the whole process, because I wasn't connected to myself in my gut,” Caruso
said. “I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoy traveling and playing music.”
Despite rockin’ in Perkins’ blue suede shoes from Memphis to Japan, in front of thousands of
people, Ferris was also unhappy because he was singing someone else’s songs.
“My heroes were Joni Mitchell, The Stones, Dylan, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Carl Perkins, the
guys who just tapped into something in themselves, who needed to write and speak their own truth.
That’s who I am,” Ferris said.
Adding, “The experience of sitting down with an instrument and coming up with something for the
first time, you can’t beat that. The best experience I’ve ever had as a person doing that, and coming up
with something that is bigger than the sum of its parts, is with Bianca.”
But this is all old news. Freddy & Francine are full-time musicians with three full-length albums
and two EPs, with a new Nashville-recorded EP on the way. The six-song “Moonless Night,” co-produced
by Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Rodney Crowell) finds Freddy & Francine — which has often used full
bands on its recordings — still produced but more intimately portrayed, a sound closer to the duo’s live
performances.
But don’t call it folk music. It’s too energetic.
“We’re performers. We’re not just folk musicians who play and sing mellow songs with little voices
… there’s screaming,” Caruso said.
Don’t call it Americana either. They don’t wear hats. Besides, Caruso says, “The minute you think
one of our songs is an Americana song, it can turn into a retro pop song.”
Despite the reaction of most roots music fans to the dreaded “P” word, Caruso says she doesn’t
mind Freddy & Francine being labeled a pop band.

“Pop music gets a bad rap, but it comes from the word ‘popular.’ I’d love to be popular,” she said.
“I never discriminate against a song because it’s popular if it stays in your head … every Beatles song is a
pop song.”
But mostly, Freddy & Francine sounds like Freddy & Francine. It ain’t the easiest thing to explain,
but it makes sense when you hear it, and finally, it makes sense to the two people who matter most.
“I’m really happy with who I am and I'm happy with the life I have,” Ferris said.
At the end of the day, or road, authenticity is internal. Watch your step.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change