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Heidi Newfield was in West Virginia about to play a show at the University of West Virginia. That would be a solo show, by the way, and not another date with Trick Pony because Newfield has long since left that group and just released her first post-Trick Pony solo album, titled "What Am I Waiting For." Naturally, one wonders what Newfield may have been waiting for, so to speak, regarding this whole new solo artist experience.
T rick Pony has become known for hosting some of the all-time greats of country music on their albums. For their 2001 debut, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings were on hand. Willie Nelson dropped by for "On a Mission" the next year. So how do you possibly top that for your third album? "We've got more country singers on this album than a Nashville rehab center," laughs bassist Ira Dean in a recent phone interview. "We called up everybody, Mel Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie, Tracy Byrd, Tracy ...
Trick Pony may be a group on a mission in more ways than one. For starters, the uptempo country trio of Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns obviously would like to top their debut when they scored with the single "Pour Me" and avoid a sophomore slump, which could kill a career. And they want to gain a foothold in the country marketplace with the driving, but raw sounds of their second album, "On a Mission." They perceive their music a bit different during the holiday season when folks named Tim, Faith and Shania are also releasing new albums. ...
In order for Trick Pony not to become a One Trick Pony by riding a single big hit and never rising to that level again, this trio understood early that writing material was going to be a key part of the game plan. That's why Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns are confident that "Pour Me," the hit single from their self-titled debut, won't be their only charting song. In one combination or another 1 or more members of the group penned 8 of the 12 songs. ...