It's A Sign
Helmed by multi-platinum and Grammy-winning producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Talking Heads, Smithereens, Living Colour and many more), It's A Sign is a brilliant expression of Sugar Ponies' irresistible sound: a sexy, sassy, rocking, unfailingly melodic blend of country, rock, classic pop, folk, and whatever else these fearless songsmiths feel like tossing into the mix.
At the core of the band are vocalist Suzanne Kramer, who draws inspiration from Lucinda Williams, Patty Loveless, Patti Cathcart, Kenny Loggins, and Paul Simon; and guitarist Michael McGovern, who tips his hat to XTC's Andy Partridge, Pete Townshend of The Who and Tom Petty guitar slinger Mike Campbell.
Together since 2004, Kramer and McGovern seamlessly weave their diverse influences into a delightful musical tapestry on the new album. From the energetic cover of Bob Dylan's "You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" that kicks off the LP; to the heart-breaking ballad "Give This Girl A Break"; the lusty rocker "Hey Cowboy!"; the tender, wistful "Happy Is For Humans"; and the effervescent indie-pop of "Please Pull Over", the Ponies go from strength to strength — there's not a weak moment on this record.
With the release of It's A Sign, Sugar Ponies emerges as a major talent. It's as accomplished and winning a recording as you'll hear this year. Personnel
Kenny Aronoff, drums Jason Slota, drums Tim Vaughan, drums Aaron Leigh, bass Jamie White, bass Tony Glaser, bass Austin de Lone, Hammond B3, piano Ed Stasium, percussion, blues harp, Wurlitzer, Whip, Ebow guitar, Hammond B3 Danny Allen, lead slide guitar Rebecca Roudman, cello
Produced by Ed Stasium Additional production and engineering by Ari Rios, Danny Allen, David Jenkins, Elton Cunniffe, and Pete Mrdjenovich Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound