Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pony Bradshaw announces the release of his forthcoming album North Georgia Rounder on January 27th, 2023 (Soundly Music). North Georgia Rounder is the follow up to Bradshaw’s 2021 acclaimed release Calico Jim and finds the troubadour expanding on his penchant for storytelling, crafting lyrics inspired by the woods, rivers, and mountains of Appalachia, the area he’s called home for the past 15 years. Pre-save North Georgia Rounder HERE.
An avid reader, Bradshaw often credits the rich imagery in his songs to the authors that shaped his world. North Georgia Rounder begins with “Foxfire Wine” which offers his vivid lyrics alongside twangy guitar leads and atmospheric pedal steel. Inspired by Bruce Chatwin’s book Songlines about nomadic peoples in Australia, Bradshaw shaped the song to fit his region of Southern Appalachia. The brooding “Safe in the Arms of Vernacular” shares the personal tale of Bradshaw’s father bringing him a gas mask after serving during Desert Storm. The powerful words, accompanied by his soulful voice, sear an indelible impression on the listener on the momentary and long-lasting effects of war. Listen via DSPs starting September 30 HERE.
North Georgia Rounder is not only about the geographical place Bradshaw holds dear, but it also relates to life as a touring musician with a family and finding balance between the two spaces. Bradshaw shares, “I long for a well-ordered life and it gets tricky trying to reconcile that need with spending half my life on the road. But stories need to be told and I've somehow finagled my way into a position to tell them.” The album was recorded in just five days at Jason Weinheimer’s Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he had also tracked Calico Jim.
North Georgia Rounder captures Bradshaw creating his life’s work. And while that may seem daunting to some, Bradshaw finds himself just where he is supposed to be. “I learned, after quite a bit of time, and trial and error, that we’re all original if we are just who we are. If we just create or make what we find value in and what interests us we’ll be fine. I no longer fight who I am. I revere the traditions and old ways and try to find my path somewhere in the middle.”
PONY BRADSHAW 2022 TOUR DATES
October 7 – Pittsburg, KS – Miner’s Alley
October 8 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern
October 9 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
November 10 – Austin, TX – Saxon Pub
November 11 – Kerrville, TX – Arcadia Live – with David Ramirez
November 12 – Fort Worth, TX – Tannahill Tavern – with David Ramirez
November 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall – with David Ramirez
Look for more tour dates coming in 2023