Who in the heck is Poncho Stevens? I don’t really know but I was in the studio with him over the weekend, recording basic tracks for his upcoming debut album and we had a ball. He sings, plays guitar, writes cool songs and delivers them with a voice somewhere between J. Mascis & Neil Young. Fragile, humble & honest. I liked him right away. He greeted me with a smile and warmth usually seen in older, more seasoned folk and I knew right away we were gonna be friends.
This is Poncho.
My good friend, Jason Soda has a wonderful little studio here in LA that he’s been producing music out of since 1998 and I wanna live there.
Jason Soda at the helm.
Killer room. It’s got everything you’d want or need, including great old gear, warm tones, good vibes, analog tape (!) and lots of laughs. In fact, other than a few snare drums and cymbals I brought with me, there was a bitchin’ little kit already setup and waiting for me when I arrived that sounded amazing!
Istanbul Agop, Ludwig, Slingerland, Leedy, Craviotto and (of course) Rogers, were all in attendance at the party.
My partner in crime on the bass was, Steven Mertens, whom I’ve recently begun working with and this cat lays it down smooth with no b.s. Super nice guy, too.
Steven Mertens, contemplating his next move.
As of this post, unless you live in his hometown of St. Louis or already know him on facebook, Poncho is a bit of a mystery. You can’t buy his music, he doesn’t have a website, no one’s really heard about him yet but he’s on fire for this music and I can promise you, when the record is finished, I’ll be encouraging all of my friends to go out and get it cause I know it’s gonna be good.
Solid crew. From left: Steven, Jason, Poncho & yours truly.