Years ago, singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston said that he thought Chuck Cleaver was one of the best songwriters in America, adding that he had almost dismissed Ass Ponys because of their stupid name. "It's like they're daring me to hate them," Johnston said at the time. Other than the record label that issues the music, very little has changed for Cincinnati's Ass Ponys in the years since Johnston's endorsement. With a rootsy rock sensibility that's as informed by John Cale and the Velvet Underground as by Gram Parsons and Neil Young, the Ass Ponys chug and churn in tandem with Cleaver's... More >>>