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Crossings rounds up Wild Ponies

Nashville-based band the Wild Ponies takes the Crossings’ stage at 8 p.m. Friday June 6 in Zumbrota.

The once-acoustic-folk-duo of Telisha Williams and husband Doug Williams made the transition to a rock trio with the addition of a drummer Jake Winebrenner. They released their debut album, “Things That Used to Shine,” in September.

Their sound is rooted in country, folk, tragedy and redemption. They bring energy and charisma along as they perform new songs and old duets.

Written during a busy year on the road, “Things That Used To Shine” is an album about leaving some things behind – and meeting others head-on.

Released by the newly formed independent label DitchDog Records, the album finds Telisha opening up about childhood abuse - the skeletons that have haunted her for years. She said members of a “song salon” urged her to open up even more about those experiences.

“They knew I was playing it safe. So a little while later, Doug and I were driving back from a tour in Minnesota and I was trying to write the last line of (a) song. I had this part that went, ‘I’m more broken than brave; there’s things I still think about every day,’ and Doug added, ‘like his footsteps in the hallway.’ He nailed it. It was like a tsunami took over my body. I had to pull over,” Telisha said.

Doug describes the formation of Wild Ponies as an evolution. The first album the couple made together was an acoustic record.

“This is more aggressive,” he said. “This time, it feels like we finally made a record that captures the sound we’ve been hearing in our heads for the past 10 years.”

Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 day of show. To reserve tickets, visit, stop in at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota or call 507-732-7616.

If you go …

What: The Wild Ponies perform live in concert.

When: 8 p.m. Friday June 6

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or