Mike Poncy

Mike Poncy

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Mike Poncy’s unique sound draws on the influences of rock, blues, folk and country to create a friendly but gritty sound that is accessible yet imaginative. He calls the style “front porch rock.”

Biography

Mike spilled into music all elbows and knees, like an awkward teenager who has dreams of someday being an olympic athlete. He was fresh out of college, had few songs under his pen's belt, yet somehow his sound captured the attention of the A&R folks at Lost Highway. He did a demo deal, cut 6 songs, delighted the execs, but was told thanks but no thanks: his music wasn't geared toward the teenie bops, and he wasn't an established name. After that, Mike did some soul searching and came up with two conclusions. First, he wasn't giving up, and second, he needed to temporarily retreat and develop himself so that the next time an offer was on the table, he was a deal no one could refuse.

Four years, and 50 plus songs later, Mike is reintroducing himself, this time as a force.

The Hook Magazine "Under the Radar" Artist to Watch 2007
First Amendment Writes 2007 Finalist- "One of these Days"

Lyrics

Jonny Red

Written By: Mike Poncy

Jonny Red
Been a friend a long time
Pick him up
Any five and dime

Suzie Blue
Don’t you worry none
Things’ll be alright
Soon as old Jonny’s gone…away

(Chorus)
Say hey Jonny
Can you help me out?
Can you weigh this for me
Help me sort it out.
Ounce for ounce and the bottle to the mouth
Well I do appreciate that you wont speculate
While I’m lying on the ground.

Take out the trash
Hey now, there’s a reflection of life
Yellow bins, Blue bins
Recycle your garbage, recycle your wife

So there you sit
Head on hands, alone on the curb
Waiting for the bus
As she drives by in a new T-bird…away (Chorus)

Barter in pain
And the harder to gain some insight on life
When everyone’s selling some
This thing, or another one

So who’s gonna get you back
Them days you traded away
In sad, false whines
As if you get points for the tears you’ve cried…away (Chorus)

60 Seconds (and the Summer Solstice)

Written By: Mike Poncy

Got up today
Never laid her head down
No money for bills just lost
In frustration

So she’s gone again
Stole the neighbor’s car
Wants to get ahead but you don’t get far
With temptation

And the sun, well it goes down
60 seconds past than it did yesterday

He was a poor boy
From the lonely south
Thought music be a way
To fight off
The isolation

But the radio man
Wouldn’t give air play
To the only song
He ever wrote
“My Desperation“

And the sun goes down
60 seconds fast than it did yesterday

While on the corner
Crazy cause the “summertime”
We’ve all got the feeling
Everything is gonna be alright
But all your monsters
Well they’re pulling on the summer solstice
Giving the time

One of these days

Written By: Mike Poncy

These are times I feel like crying
These are times I feel cold inside
These are times I can count on no one
These are times they go silent through the night

One of these days
It’s going to get you
One of these days
It’s going to stop you in your tracks
Cause these days, they’re built for taking
Oh, what never no, no, never comes back

There was a time I felt bold and proud
I showed a grin and I laughed out loud
There was a time I held promise in my heart
There was a time, ooh baby, when you held me in yours

One of these days
It’s going to get you
One of these days
It’s going to stop you in your tracks
Cause these days, they’re built for taking
Oh, what never no, no, never comes back

(Guitar solo)

One of these days
It’s going to get you
One of these days
It’s going to stop you in your tracks
Cause these days, they’re built for taking
Oh, what never no, no, never comes back
Oh, what never no, no, never comes back

*Lyrics and music by Mike Poncy
Performances: Will Boast (drums) Mac Bubb (bass) Whit Faulconer (electric guitar) Mike Poncy (acoustic/vocals)

Monsters and Mummies

Written By: Mike Poncy

Let me begin
To tell my story
It’s time I let you in

Just like a friend
A friend who will put you down under the knife
So say goodnight

To the monsters and the mummy
In your dreams
And your high school honey
And her diamond ring…let me begin

To give some advice in this most particular way
With strange device
And six strings I will sing to you such painful delight
That sounds so nice

To the monsters and the mummies
In your dreams
And your high school honey
And her diamond ring…let me begin

(Solo) (Note: Xtra measures NOT in recording)

To the monsters and the mummies
In your dreams
And your high school honey
And her diamond ring…let me begin

As a friend who will put you down under that knife
So say goodnight
And let me begin

Discography

Single: One of these Days (2007)
EP: Nashville 6, produced by Jay Joyce for Lost Highway Records (2004)
Album: Lucky 13, self-produced (2003)

Set List

The three hour set list consists of all originals, though we can include covers when appropriate. Depending on the format, we can deliver a simple solo sound, or a more robust sound with full band. Our numbers will often include additional instrumentation from harmonica and cello, to djembe and slide guitar.

Previous venues:
Fellini's #9
West Main
Millers
Baja Bean
Mellow Mushroom
Various benefit concerts in Virginia (incl. 2007 Slate Hill Phil Benefit Concert)