Doug and Telisha Williams talk about the origin of the name Wild Ponies, what they learned living on the road, and their radio show. They also set up and play three tracks from the Wild Ponies debut album, Things That Used To Shine.
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Wild Ponies Interview Recap
Doug and Telisha Williams from the Wild Ponies talk about the past couple of years. Originally they were based in Virginia. Telisha says they put their house in Martinsville Virginia on the market. Their booking agent, John Laird from Durham, kept them so busy they lived on the road. ‘We had so many dates on the road, we were able to stay out. We were living in a small RV and we had our dog with us and everything we owned in a 10×20 storage unit. We just hit the road and stayed with friends and family when we had a few days off here and there. We kept coming to East Nashville during our time off. We really enjoyed the community we were seeing here and becoming a part of. We stayed in Eric Brace’s garage for a while while we found an apartment to rent.
Calvin asks what was the most important lesson they learned on the road. Telisha Williams says, “Home is where the husband is.” Doug Williams says, “Flying J’s Truck Stop can be kind of loud in the middle of the night.”
Calvin asks why they started using the name “Wild Ponies” instead of “Doug and Telisha Williams.” Doug says “This record is a sonic shift from what we were doing in the past. We’re touring more as a band rather than a duo. And even as a duo we’re going to be using Wild Ponies.” He goes on to say that they are from central North Carolina and Virginia. “The wild ponies from the Carolina coast on the islands and the wild ponies in the Virginia highlands up around Mt Rogers, those are sort of the borders to the east and the west when we were both growing up, sort of the sentinels of our childhood.
Telisha Williams from Wild Ponies sets up “Trouble Looks Good On You.” She says, “That song is a co-write with our dear friend Amy Speace. We were out at a song circle, which happens pretty regularly here in East Nashville. And Amy came up to us bad goes, ‘hey guys I’ve got this live and I want to write this song with y’all.’” But Amy tempted them with a bottle of wine and as Telisha says, “Within 45 minutes, we’d killed a bottle of wine, written this song, and uploaded a video of us singing the song to YouTube.”
[Calvin plays “Trouble Looks Good On You” from Things That Used To Shine by Wild Ponies aka Doug and Telisha Williams.]
Calvin asks Doug and Telisha Williams about getting hooked up with Ray Kennedy. Dug says, “When we started looking we talked to a lot of people. A well connected friend said man you gotta get Ray…. Ray Kennedy? No way. He gave Ray a call for us. who called Ray for us. Ray was into it. So we went over the Ray Kennedy’s studio…. The first day we walked in right past the Grammys toward the control both which was intimidating. And Ray said to us, ‘Hey look what I found today’ and it was the original DAT tapes from Car Wheel On A Gravel Road which he’d dug up from a basement somewhere…. It was intimidating but it was one of the coolest days of my life.”
Calvin asks Telisha Williams about their Radio Gig. She says,” We have a weekly radio show on EastNashvilleradio.com It’s an internet radio station. Our show on Wednesdays at 10AM central. It’s called Whiskey Wednesday with Doug and Telisha. It’s been really fun. We’ve done about 60 shows. It’s once a week and do them from the road, sometimes while literally do them as we’re driving down the road. I usually take over driving and Doug does the controls. We just love it. It’s a fun way to share some music that we love of our friends and folks that we’ve met along the way, in addition to our heroes like Willie nelson and Patsy Cline.
Doug Williams sets up “Massey’s Run.” Doug says, “This is one written by a guy from Mebane, NC,named Jimmy Massey. He was a race car driver back in the 50′s. Someone wanted me to write a song about a guy who watched Richard Petty win this particular race at the Martinsville speedway in 1960. And it was the second race Richard Petty every won.”
[Calvin plays “Massey's Run” from Things That Used To Shine by Wild Ponies.]
Telisha Williams sets up “Trigger.” She says, “’Trigger is a very intense song. It’s wild to see an folk music / Americana audience get behind a female murderess. It’s pretty incredible to hear and see and audience erupt in applause when the dude is taken down.”
[Calvin plays “Trigger” from Things That Used To Shine from Wild Ponies.]
Calvin asks Doug and Telisha Williams of Wild Ponies about the video for Trigger. “It was a little tough. We went back and forth about whether I should play both parts in the video. I play the part of the narrator of the song and I’m in the band shots as well. Looking back at it now, I think it was a good decision.”
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