"Every now and again you run across something that just knocks your socks off. This was one of those times." — Rod Ames, No Depression
"Doug and Telisha stepped into Storyhill Fest and wowed the audience with their energy, musicianship, and stage presence. They had everyone's attention from the first note they played through the standing ovation they received. We can't wait to have them back again!" — Jim Kowitz, Storyhill Fest
"It's a terrific, raw, robust, sound these guys have going on." — Kim Ruehl, No Depression
"We were captivated by their twangy sound. Doug is a pretty mean picker and Telisha, well, Telisha's voice is the second coming of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn (yes, I know Loretta is alive)." — Jeff Katz, Ragzine
"Doug and Telisha make you want to fall off the wagon, take up smoking again, let your girlfriend's cat out on purpose, while at the same time feel a precise awareness of some long lost forgotten beat of your heart. A tour de force." — Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist
"Fabulous!!!! They put on a great show and have become staff favorites." — Maggi Landau, Director of Events and Music Programs, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, NY
"They kicked it! Telisha is a badass on that bass and Doug rocks that guitar. They are so nice and have terrific stage presence and Telisha's voice is unique and beautiful. The audience loved them!" — Roz Collins, Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
"There's a depth to their songs that goes beyond the surface, and substance to their stories. They have an energy that grabs hold of you and pulls you in..." — Greg Tutwiler,Americana Rhythm Music Magazine
"Doug and Telisha Williams' music is as honest and heartfelt as they are. Their integrity and commitment to their craft shines through ..." — Eamon Mcloughlin,The Greencards
"Doug & Telisha Williams have the old-time, pre-70s country, mountain & honky-tonk road house music all blended together into their own whiskey - open the jar and have a pull." — Darrell Scott
Wild Ponies - The dead right, honest songwriting of Doug and Telisha Williams blended with a kick-ass band. The last few years have been all about change and evolution for Doug and Telisha. They left their home in Virginia, spent a year as homeless troubadours, and finally settled in East Nashville just over a year ago. Since then, they’ve become a central part of their new Community. They co-host the weekly songwriting group called the East Nashville Song Salon; they host a weekly radio show on East Nashville Radio called Whiskey Wednesdays; and if you're wandering around on the east side of the Cumberland you’ll have a good chance of catching them at The Family Wash and other local spots. That is, if they're not on the road - they average over 150 dates a year, bringing a burning energy to every show they play. They mean it. They live it. Then they get on stage and rip the shit out of it. Under the production mastery of Ray Kennedy, they've just finished a new record, Things That Used To Shine - look for it on a turntable near you, summer of 2013.
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. It's also the studio debut of Wild Ponies, a Nashville-based outfit fronted by Virginia natives Doug and Telisha Williams, who have previously toured and recorded as acoustic folk duo Doug & Telisha Williams.
Released by the band's newly formed independent label, Ditch Dog Records, Things That Used To Shine finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the album's 12 songs in three days, running the band's harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles. Casey Driessen, Russ Pahl, Jake Winebrenner and other heavy-hitting roots musicians also make appearances, beefing up the band's songs with everything from organ to pedal steel.
Things That Used To Shine
to be released 2013, Ditch Dog Records
Doug & Telisha Live at Jammin' at Hippie Jack's
Doug & Telisha