“It’s a spin off of a very classic tradition of ‘Pony Blues,’” Neck Barham explains about the new video from his debut EP Real Trap Blues. The song takes a classic pre-war motif and infuses it with very modern trap elements, as Barham lays out the historical context.
“It started as ‘Stone Pony,’ which is a Charley Patton song, then it evolved into ‘Stolen Pony.’ The metaphor varies. Sometimes it’s a woman, sometimes it’s a source of agency; so many artists from that time have riffs on the theme. There are references to Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Son House in there, but I tried to meld all of those into an Albert King style riff.
“The video was shot outside and very much improvised, just roaming around the woods with my guitar. I think it does the song justice because it adds to that rambling style and narrative. Blues isn’t always about yourself, but it’s always done through that first-person lens.”