Pony Boy: “The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee”
Like its fellow Southwestern states, California is a melting pot of differing cultures. Los Angeles might be the perfect example of this, especially when it comes to its music. Enter Pony Boy, an Angeleno outfit that flirts with the sounds that have made the Southwest so romantic.
Pony Boy is something of a misnomer–it’s the work of Marchelle Bradanini, an L.A. native that splits her time between Southern California and London. It’s only fitting that she’s worked with John Would, a producer who’s spent time with Fiona Apple, Wanda Jackson, and Warren Zevon. Pony Boy’s music is something of an amalgamation of all three of these artists, melting together in a way that only an Angeleno could achieve.
She’s hard at work on her debut album, but earlier this summer Bradanini let loose the first Pony Boy single. The A-side, “Not In This Town,” shows off Pony Boy’s pop side, but it’s the B-side that has our Song of the Day ears on alert. “The Murder Ballad of Carrie Lee” features a classic country narrative that’s shot through with rockabilly attitude. It’s a sound that might recall both cowboys and motorcycle greasers–in short, it’s rebellious, and proud of it.