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The Real Ponchos To Release Debut Full Length Album ‘Since I Let You Go’ On May 6th

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The Real Ponchos To Release Debut Full Length Album
Since I Let You Go’ On May 6th
Cross-Canada Tour Kicks-Off in Vancouver on May 2nd
(Vancouver, BC) - Vancouver’s Real Ponchos are independently releasing their debut full-length album ‘Since I Let You Go’ on Tuesday, May 6th. The album, produced by Jesse Gander at The Hive Creative Lab before it closed in July 2013, is a follow up to their acclaimed 2013 self-titled EP. Upon the release of ‘Since I Let You Go’Real Ponchos will embark on an epic Cross-Canada Tour starting with an Album Release Party in Vancouver on May 2nd at The Anza Club. Full tour details are listed below.
Real Ponchos blend country, roots rock and jam band influences to deliver tried and true tunes that won’t let you down. The tasteful beats of drummer Emlyn Scherk and the solid lines of acoustic bassist Michael Wagler ensure the band is locked in and ready to ride. Guitarist and singer Emile Scott propels the boys onward with his soulfully strummed acoustic guitar and clear, sailing vocals while guitarist and singer Ben Arsenault weaves through the landscape with striding, clean electric guitar lines and settles in with his scraggly vocals. Songwriting duties are shared between Arsenault and Scott, with Arsenault’s country hurtin’ tunes finely balanced by Scott’s bright and driving melodies. Add to the mix rustic harmonies and you’re in business with Real Ponchos.
Real Ponchos have firmly established their reputation as a real deal live band in their two and a half years of gigging in Vancouver, Victoria and throughout BC and Alberta. Vancouver natives Scherk, Arsenault and Scott have a long musical history that shows in their tight bond onstage. Arsenault and Scherk previously played together in Montreal based alt-country band, Martyr & Pistol, while Scott and Arsenault have been making music together off and on since their high school days. These three long time buddies have united with fellow Vancouverite Wagler to round out the crew. As Arsenault states, “Emile and I ran a radio show over the loudspeakers in the hallways of our high school, playing Grateful Dead and Tom Waits. Eventually we started jamming, hanging out in each other’s basements with bottles of Jim Beam. And now we’ve evolved into a committed band. I guess it’s a function of the creative fire burning and growing over time. Emlyn and Mike, who are both schooled jazz guys, have really elevated our laid back style and sealed the deal on the full band vibe.”
Laced with rustic harmonies and driving melodies, ‘Since I Let You Go’ was recorded live off the floor, showcasing the tight band sound and adventurous jams that the Real Ponchos have become known for in their live shows. With choice pedal steel and organ overdubs, the record provides a deep listening experience with stand-out country-tinged tracks like ‘Outta This Place’ and ‘Just Like a Slow Burn’. The album also features a full band composition on the long, Grateful Dead inspired jam, ‘Along The Way’. Real Ponchos are both country and psychedelic – a band that can command a roaring dance floor with high energy alt-country stompers AND throw down some sweet, transcendental jams!

Real Ponchos’ debut album ‘Since I Let You Go’ will be available on iTunes and other fine digital retailers on Tuesday, May 6th. Look for the band on tour across Canada starting on May 2nd in Vancouver, BC. For the most up-to-date tour schedule, please visit:
RELEASE DATE: MAY 6, 2014 (Independent)
1.  Intro
2.  Aged in Oak
3.  Outta This Place
4.  It’s Gonna Happen
5.  Since I Let You Go
6.  A Fistful of Beans
7.  Just Like a Slow Burn
8.  Deep Dark Pool
9.  Along the Way
10. Buenas Vibras
11. Take Me Back Home
May 2 – Vancouver, BC – Anza Club (Album Release Show)
May 7 – Lloydminster, AB – The Root
May 8 – Regina, SK – McNally’s Tavern w/ The Slim City Pickers
May 9 -  Sasktoon, SK w/ Gunner & Smith
May 10 – Gimli, MB – Ship and Plough Pub w/ Adam Young
May 15 – Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
May 16 –  Toronto, ON Tranzac Club w/ Emily Jill West and Snoqualmie
May 17 – Ottawa, ON -  Pressed Café w/ Wooden Horseman
May 20 – Toronto, ON – 3030 Bar
May 21 – Sackville, NB – Ducky’s
May 22 – Fredericton, NB – Roxstone Café
May 23 – Halifax, NS – Carleton w/ The Band Before Time
May 24 – St Andrew’s, NB – Red Herring
May 27 – Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s
May 28 – Moncton, NB – Plan B w/ Alex Madsen of The Divorcees
May 29 – Montreal, QC – Barfly w/ The Johnny Cash Machine
May 30 – Montreal, QC – Cagibi w/ Ghost Lights
June 4 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Hotel
June 5 – Brandon, MB – Lady of the Lake Pub
June 6 – Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic Lounge,
June 7 – Regina, SK, The Lancaster Pub
June 9 – Calgary, AB – The Ironwood
June 12 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
June 13 – Victoria, BC – Logan’s w/ As The Crow Flies
July 11 and 12 – Horsefly, BC – Arts on the Fly Festival
“…introspective, irony-free roots music, with twangy, distinctive vocals and Jerry Garcia–like leads from Ben Arsenault, and vintage Asylum Records-style vocal sincerity from rhythm guitarist Emile Scott” - Georgia Straight


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