They call it The Living Room Series and it is well named. My previous experiences in Lake Michigan College‘s Hanson Theatre had been for plays performed by classmates when I attended the school as a student, but the room was as I remembered; up close and personal. Without a bad seat in the house (and every one within conversational distance of the stage), it’s the perfect setting for the music of Wild Ponies. Wife and husband duo Telisha and Doug Williams (backed up by drummer Megan Jane) took advantage of the cozy ambiance, matching a lively banter with a line-up of songs one can imagine playing with family and friends, sitting around after a home-cooked meal (and perhaps some pie). It’s the type of music where both the beauties and the hard truths of life meet, mingle, and dance. We remember that love is often hard and visits us in disguise and that the road to healing can only be reached under open skies and honest communion. Wild Ponies hail from Tennessee, though their show had plenty for any Michigander to appreciate. Whether it was Doug’s Kalamazoo manufactured guitar or the many references and reverences for the land’s environments and times, it was clear the trio shared some love for our fair state. Whiskey was another item to fall into the category of “favorites” of the band. With both a regular radio program dedicated to the beverage and the second annual, two-day, fan accompanied Kentucky Bourbon Trail Ride, you could say they enjoy the spirit. Give a listen to what Wild Ponies has to offer: You can pick up the latest, Things That Used To Shine, and more at their BandCamp, on iTunes and from the band’s own webstore (might I suggest the vinyl?). Wild Ponies are currently on tour, so be sure to check them out when they pass through your town. You can find dates and more here. The Hanson Theatre’s Living Room series will return next month with the excellent sounds of Michigan’s own Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Friday, February 13th. I’ll seeya there. Here’s to life.