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The sophomore studio long-player from the bluegrass/alt-country quintet, How It All Goes Down dials back on the front porch folksiness of their debut in favor of a more streamlined, radio-friendly take on Olde Timey pop that invokes bands like the Avett Brothers and the Lone Bellow. Opening with a straight-up, dirt road-ready banger in "The Time It Takes," a nostalgic country-pop duet between Clayton Chaney and Andi Carder that muses "Ain't it funny where we were back then/Ain't it funny where we are right now," the 13-track set touches on everything from indie folk gospel ("If You Could Break That Chain") to breezy, Fleetwood Mac-inspired AOR pop ("Someone to Stay") with the kind of effortless amiability that can only come from a band that's spent a lot of time in the same van. Left-field offerings like the bluesy, Fiona Apple-esque "Shoulda Shown Him" and the knotty indie pop outlier "Only Lie" display a willingness to rifle through new wardrobes for inspiration, but in their heart of hearts, Show Ponies are a roots band, and their soulful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics help to keep things grounded.

Biography

Formed: 2011 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative Folk

Years Active: '10s

A spirited indie-folk troupe with Olde Tyme Country tendencies, the Show Ponies were founded in 2011 by Clayton Chaney (vocals, bass) and Andi Carder (vocals, banjo). Citing a diverse array of influences, including the Stanley Brothers, Queen, Roger Miller, the Weepies, Dawes, Bob Dylan, and the Punch Brothers, and hailing from the equally divergent locales of Arkansas, Texas, and California, the duo eventually expanded into a five-piece, adding guitarist Jason Harris, violinist Phil Glenn, and drummer...
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