Doug and Telisha Williams renamed themselves to Wild Ponies and applied their top notch songwriting talents to a more rock and roll vibe, producing one of the most emotionally intense albums of the year called Things That Used To Shine. A lot of the tracks have an early Drive By Truckers feel in the sense that the riffs and lyrics sound like authentic back forty rock. The characters in their songs are proud of who they are even if they aren’t “winners” and not afraid to do what what’s right. Things That Used To Shine has songs about loss, and losing, and getting into trouble with your friends.
The linchpin track is "Trigger," which chronicles a woman remembering the good times she'd had with her husband, whom she's just shot. The mix of hard resolution with tender memories makes for a terrific murder ballad. It's one of the most emotionally intense songs I've heard in a long while.
You can hear Telisha Williams herself talk about about this song and the making of the video on episode 168 of the Americana Music Show. You can preview the album, Things That Used To Shine on iTunes.
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