Premiere: Pony Creek’s Outlaw Fantasy “Pott County”

Midwestern rockers Pony Creek indulge in the outlaw fantasy on their freewheeling “Pott County,” a guitar-slinging outburst of raw renegade verve.

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The outlaw has always had a certain fantastical allure; a larger-than-life mystique shrouded in temptation and freedom. Everyone, at some point in their lives, contemplates the bad-boy/bad-girl renegade lifestyle – the aesthetic and appeal are hard to ignore, to say the least. Yet for the vast majority of us law-abiding, do-gooder citizens, the outlaw remains a distant dream: One we’d rather enjoy in the safety and sanctity of our minds. Midwestern rockers Pony Creek indulge in the outlaw fantasy on their freewheeling “Pott County,” a guitar-slinging outburst of raw renegade verve.

Pott County - Pony Creek art

Pott County – Pony Creek

Just above the Bible Belt
is a place I used to go

You can take the back roads
but you can never take them home

I know I’m no longer wanted in Pott County

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Pott County,” the title track off Pony Creek’s brand new sophomore album Pott County (released 9/21/2018). Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Pony Creek formed in Spring 2016 as the collaboration between Ryan Osbahr and Billie Frost; its current full band lineup includes Eric Nelson (guitar), Travis Goddard (guitar, banjo, mandolin), George Cooper (bass), and Tim Blair (drums).

You can take a load off
but you won’t get by for free

Big city life out in the country
I know I’m right back
where I started in Pott County

An independent country rock outfit with a heavy blend of blues, folk, Americana, and rock influences, Pony Creek are steadily making a name for themselves in the Midwest. Their new songs capture the dramatic energy that concertgoers have already felt from the band’s regular performances in Iowa and Nebraska, and nowhere is this better felt than on the rip-roaring “Pott County.”

Pott County - Pony Creek © Aaron Gum

Pott County – Pony Creek © Aaron Gum

When I made my getaway
I didn’t accomplish anything
I know I’ll be back someday
To Pott County

“‘Pott County’ is a coming-of-age song about escaping small town America as a youth, only to always know a return to your roots is inevitable,” Pony Creek tell Atwood Magazine. “Many kids spend half of their lives running away from their upbringing only to realize much later that it has been the core of their entire belief system. “Pott County” encompasses what so many people eventually realize only after venturing out on their own and having their own life experiences.” You can run and make yourself an outlaw, but the only person you’re running from, at the end of the day, is yourself.

Pony Creek © James Dean @ Great Plains James

Pony Creek © James Dean @ Great Plains James

Directed by Aaron Gum, the “Pott County” music video offers a fun take on the music’s fierce spirit while providing up-close visuals on the band leaders Ryan Osbahr and Billie Frost. A middle-aged man and his wife are stopped by a police officer for speeding in their Chevrolet sedan. After quickly glancing at each other, the pair take off – this time as Osbahr and Frost, in a sporty Chevelle – and race away from the police officer. Thus begins a car chase.

“Pott County” is an energizing rock experience through and through. The video cuts between scenes from the car chase and shots of the band rocking out in a corn field – which is perhaps the most Midwestern thing they could have done on video, and looks absolutely spectacular. As the visual for a song about both evading and embracing your roots, “Pott County” grabs ahold of pure rock passion and rides that dynamic, gritty wave from start to finish. It’s the perfect introduction to Pony Creek, and a great way to ease into their new album, Pott County, out now!

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