The Ponies are almost ready to put out our new record! It's titled Get Out Under The Moon, and it includes 14 new tracks and features many fantastic musicians. You can hear two of the new tracks here. If you're interested in pre-ordering the record, please email us at prewarponies@gmail and we will give you more information.
The Pre-War Ponies was formed in 2007 by Daria Grace, who wanted to put to use her growing collection of sheet music and repertoire of not-quite hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s. She quickly recruited her old friend, trombonist and soprano uke player J. Walter Hawkes to be a part of the madness, and they have become the core duo of the band.
As for the band's mission, we see no reason to re-hash standards that have already been done so beautifully so many times. We like to dig deep. You have likely heard of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, but you probably haven't heard some of their under-rated chestnuts like "Pardon My Southern Accent" or "Find Me A Primitive Man." We don't just stick to the famous songwriters, either. There are plenty of gems from that golden era by the likes of Fred Ahlert, Joe Young, Chas Tobias, and Eddie Jones, none of whom are exactly household names. But maybe they should be...
Daria has been on the NYC scene for 25 years now. She started out as a bass player and has toured and recorded with avant rockers God Is My Co-Pilot and pop noir sextet Melomane, among many others. She was also a founding member of Hawaiian swing quartet The Moonlighters, and cut her teeth on the baritone ukulele in that band. More recently Daria has been playing and singing with The Jack Grace Band and Sasha Dobson in addition to leading the Pre-War Ponies.
Originally from Pascagoula, MS, three time Emmy Award winning composer/trombonist/ukulele player J. Walter Hawkes has been an active in New York City for almost two decades. He's played with Norah Jones, Jon Hendricks, Elvis Costello, and many others. He is now serving as musical director and lead composer for PBS' "Peg + Cat", and has also composed for "Blue's Clues," "Wonder Pets," "Third & Bird", and many other shows you have no idea about unless you have a 3 year old.