Thu, Apr 14

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605 Ave B, Opelika, AL 36801, USA

PONY BRADSHAW + special guest Ben Danaher

James Bradshaw lives in North Georgia with his family, where he writes songs, tends the yard, and raises children. After a long stint of being unsettled he arrived home in the southern Appalachian mountains to do his life’s work. A natural-born dissenter, he focuses on housekeeping with his wife and

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PONY BRADSHAW + special guest Ben Danaher

Time & Location

Apr 14, 7:00 PM

605 Ave B, Opelika, AL 36801, USA

About The Event

The Sound Wall Presents PONY BRADSHAW with Special Guest BEN DANAHER live in our listening room Thursday April 14, 2022.

Tickets: $20

non-refundable

Doors 7pm

PONY BRADSHAW 8pm

BEN DANAHER 7:15pm

* Bring your own beverage event

ABOUT PONY BRADSHAW

Website: https://www.ponybradshaw.net/

“Man’s real home is not a house, but the open road.” 

Bradshaw was born a nomad, traveling in his blood. He’s settled in North Georgia now, but spent his formative years in East Texas, up until he joined the military shortly after high school. The Air Force took him to Colorado for a spell but ended up giving him the boot. Wires got crossed. Youth prevailed and he moved back to Texas with the kind of experience that can’t be bought, a duffel bag full of BDUs, and a head teeming with stories and new perspectives. A lot of aimless wandering ensued before he arrived in Georgia. Bradshaw’s most recent record, Calico Jim (1/29/21), was released via Black Mountain Music, a small independent label out of Greensboro, NC, and recorded in Little Rock, AR, at Fellowship Hall Sound. After signing with Rounder Records in 2018, and putting out Sudden Opera, his debut record, he decided to part ways with the historic label to have more control. “I’m a late bloomer, but that’s of no interest to me. I know everyone likes a story though. I have no qualms with folks building a narrative around me. Doesn’t necessarily make it true. I’ve got records to make and shows to play. I’d like to leave behind a body of work like an artifact. Something that could possibly tell a future human what it was like here in America. Like the old cave paintings that have somehow survived over in France, in the Chauvet Cave. I guess I’m just making cave paintings in the shape of songs. Good, strong melody can deliver story into the deep wells of man, where it imprints itself onto our ever-changing consciences. I’ve learned that much.”

About Ben Danaher

Website: https://bendanaher.com/

“You can hurt and still feel lucky,” Ben Danaher sings on the title track of his deeply personal debut album, ‘Still Feel Lucky.’ Coming from any other songwriter, it might sound like a simple platitude, but in Danaher’s hands, it’s something far more profound, a moment of true enlightenment in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Years of pain are wrapped up in his delivery, but still he commits to the hope and the beauty inherent in the darkness. It’s a monumental task, but one the Huffman, Texas native handles with a tenacious grace on an album that, despite being born in the fires of struggle and loss, manages to forge its own path toward peace, growth, and even joy.

Drawing on the influence of legendary troubadours like Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Townes Van Zandt, Danaher first made a name for himself as a songwriter in Texas before relocating to Nashville. Along the way, he shared bills with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jack Ingram, Angaleena Presley, Rhett Miller, Travis Meadows, and Amanda Shires, in addition to co-writing songs for Ryan Beaver, Bonnie Bishop, Rob Baird, and Justin Halpin among others. For his own songs, Danaher collaborated with some of Nashville fastest-rising stars, including Maren Morris, on material that blended classic country tradition with modern rock and roll sensibilities.

Recorded live and raw with his touring band, ‘Still Feel Lucky’ showcases Danaher’s hard-won wisdom and cinematic storytelling, capturing slices of life with a candid honesty that cut straight to the heart of things. Danaher lost his brother to murder and his father to cancer in short succession, and while many of the songs draw from that well of pain and loss, the music is anything but self-pitying. These are songs of revelation and redemption, reflecting a maturity and an acceptance that can only come with time and perspective. Writing the album was a therapeutic process for Danaher, an opportunity to make sense of the inexplicable, but it was also a chance to respond to the universe with love and gratitude despite all he’s been through.

“You can go through hell and get completely hardened up, but there’s always going to be this human part of you that can still feel lucky and grateful for all the good that’s in your life,” he concludes. “No matter how difficult things get, in the end, there’s always hope.”

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