Heidi Newfield readies solo debut
Friday, May 30, 2008
– Heidi Newfield, former lead singer of Trick Pony, will release her solo debut, "What Am I Waiting For?," Aug. 5 on Curb. The first single from the 10-song disc is "Johnny and June," which is almost on the top 30 of the Billboard country song chart. The song is about Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash. Other songs on the set include "Can't Let Go" and "Tears Fall Down," which Newfield wrote with Leslie Satcher and Al Anderson.
Tony Brown, who produces George Strait, handled that chore for Newfield as well. "He wouldn't have time for me," Newfield wrote on her web site, "between George Strait and Reba and Brooks & Dunn."
The two talked for three hours, and Brown agreed to produce her. "Right away, we just clicked. Right away, I think he got my song sensibility and was right on track with it. Loved that I wanted to step out from what I had been doing, kind of get out of the bar room for a minute."
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