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Look Who’s Back……..

Trick Pony


When the members of Trick Pony went their separate ways at the end of 2006, not once did the thought cross their minds that they would someday reunite. But seven years later, Heidi Newfield, Keith Burns and Ira Dean are creating music that they feel “fate” was just waiting to present.


When the three were asked individually to partake in a Boston benefit in 2013, the obvious question was asked – would Trick Pony take the stage together one more time in honor of the special cause. Prior to making a decision, the former bandmates met for dinner where they not only discussed the desire to share the stage once again, but realized there was still a lot more life, love and creativity left in Trick Pony.

“We instantly started cutting up and laughing and talking about remember this and remember that,” recalls lead vocalist Heidi Newfield. “My face hurt from two and a half hours of laughing about all this stuff that we’d done and swapping stories. It was like literally three old friends picking up where the good stuff left off.”

And it was then when bassist Ira spoke up about something that had been on his mind for many months. “Ira said he didn’t think we’d come close to making our best music yet as Trick Pony,” guitar player Keith remembers.

“So we began to talk about where our heads were creatively and about building the right strategy,” says Heidi. “It just so happened that we were kind of in the same place. We were all open-minded to where we wanted to go musically. It’s never cool to leave any project – whether it’s a band or solo – in a situation where you don’t feel like you’ve made your absolute best record yet. We all agreed that we could do better, and from there, we began to get fired up. I think that was a pivotal moment where we all felt like we could be Trick Pony again.”

“We said let’s just get together and write, look for songs and have fun in the studio to see if there’s something there,” adds Ira. “So we went in and wrote, dug through catalogs and listened. We’ve just started scratching the surface with this stuff, but there’s something there … there’s definitely something there.”

During the years spent away from Trick Pony, Heidi, Keith and Ira were finding successes in their own rights. Heidi embarked on a solo career with the release of her What Am I Waiting For album that spawned the Top 10 hit single “Johnny and June,” while Keith joined forces with Michelle Poe for their duo Burns & Poe, claiming the title for Music Row’s Independent Artist of the Year in 2010. Meanwhile, Ira juggled his own solo career, along with producing various artists and focusing on his songwriting that landed him several cuts with the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Colt Ford and Josh Thompson, among others.

Those years of honing his craft in different aspects of the music business is now benefiting the future of Trick Pony. In addition to lending his hand in writing the new material for the band with Heidi and Keith, Ira is also currently serving as producer for the forthcoming project.

“He has really stepped up to the plate as a producer,” praises Keith. “I think it’s the best sounding stuff that we’ve done … I really do, so hats off to him.”

From the beginning of their career, Trick Pony brought a unique sound and blend of harmonies to country music, which made them stand out with a style all their own. Throughout the 2000s, they delivered such sing-along hits as “Pour Me,” “On a Night like This,” “Just What I Do” and “On a Mission,” stemming from three successful studio albums.

The new music in the works will show many levels of evolvement in the trio, which has been given an updated flare to fit country radio today, without abandoning Trick Pony’s signature sound. It’s the kind of music you’re likely to get a speeding ticket to, or be cranking up loud at your next river party. The songs run the gamut of every human emotion, showing how far this band has come since first breaking onto the scene.

“I think the new music’s going to be better than anything we’ve done in the past,” says Keith. “There’s a reason for everything, including why we split up. We all were able to do exactly what we wanted to do during that time, but it has brought us back to what we are passionate about, and that’s making music together.”

“We’re all in a really healthy mind space,” agrees Heidi. “One of the first things we said when we sat down at that table that night was we don’t care how great it feels … if it’s not fun and if it’s not creative and if we don’t exceed our own expectations, we don’t want to do it. Sure enough, in a very authentic and a very natural way, it was fun. It was just like stepping back in time, only a little more current and relevant with what’s going on now. Our voices are blending and sounding better than ever before, and I think it’s time to share that with the world again.”

With music continuing to grow and evolve every day, Trick Pony feels their place in country music is still wide open to what they have to offer both in the studio and when they take the stage.

“There are a lot of great bands out there today that we are big fans of and support,” notes Heidi. “The best part is, that unique Trick Pony sound has been untouched. It’s been waiting for us to get fired up and filled with the desire to make our fans happy and build new fans in 2014. We know that we can take this whole thing to a level we’ve never reached before. We’re grown ups business-wise, but we’re kids at heart onstage who are ready to make the best music of our lives, and have a blast doing it. I honestly feel like the sky’s the limit, and there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.”

We certainly cannot wait to hear new music from these guys.   Make sure to check out the bands BRAND NEW website at:

Get Sentenced with LoCash Cowboys, Buddy Jewell, Julie Roberts, Mark Wills And More at CMA Fest

You've Been Sentenced

Join in the first annual You’ve been Sentenced!—Country Music Edition during Country Music’s biggest week.

Celebrities will be seated to play the award-winning game on Thursday, June 7, from 2:00-4:30PM at the Hard Rock Café in the heart of the activities in downtown Nashville. The tournament brings together some of country music’s brightest stars who will play the word game to benefit the children’s charities Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.

The outing offers the unique opportunity for country music fans to sit down beside their favorite celebrities and play the You’ve been Sentenced! card game or simply enjoy the action. Artists confirmed to date include: Jeff Bates, Ty Brown, Burns & Poe, Jason Michael Carroll, Buddy Jewell, Matt Kennon, Danni Leigh, LoCash Cowboys, Justin McBride, Jaclyn North, Julie Roberts, Doug Stone, Rhonda Vincent, Mark Wills and more. The game play will be followed by acoustic performances.

“We’ve always known that the country music industry has tremendous heart,” said McNeill Designs CEO, Don McNeill. “The interest and support shared by the community as a whole for this charity event has been overwhelming and it’s even more moving in consideration of the number of appearances, concerts and events these artists are juggling as part of their hectic CMA Fest schedules.”

Created to go above and beyond family fun, You’ve been Sentenced! has become an educational tool that is garnering rave reviews in homes, classrooms and educational facilities around the world and is now staged to reach a brand new audience. McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds, the game manufacturer, will officially introduce the You’ve been Sentenced! Country Music Edition to entertain the country music fan at the June 7 gathering. The anticipated retail delivery date for the country music version is August 2012—just in time for Christmas retail delivery.

Ticket Information:
Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door the day of the event.
VIP seating is limited; first come, first serve.
• $10 general admission
• $25 VIP admission
• $100 buy-in, which allows the fan to be seated at a table with various artists to play the game.

Advance Tickets may be purchased via credit card. Call 866.520.2555.

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Artists and Celebrities Gather for the Annual Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show Tomorrow (Dec. 12)

Christmas 4 Kids

The Christmas 4 Kids organization is once again spreading holiday cheer to hundreds of underprivileged children throughout the Middle Tennessee. The Annual Tour Bus Show and Artist Meet & Greet will be held at the Hendersonville Wal-Mart located at 204 North Anderson Lane from 5:00PM – 9:00PM.

For a small donation, fans can visit the tour buses of more than fifty artists and celebrities and many artists will be present to sign autographs and give the fans an inside look at their mobile home-away-from-home. All proceeds from the event will go to Christmas 4 Kids, a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years which provides underprivileged children with the funds to shop and purchase Christmas gifts for family and loved ones–something most have never had the opportunity to do before. For more information on Christmas 4 Kids, please visit,

Funds generated by this year’s annual concert featuring Charlie Daniels and the Tour Bus Show event will provide over 400 children from 29 different schools a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, lunch and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at College Heights Baptist Church. To wrap up the day, these children will receive a brand new winter coat and $150.00 to spend on anything they want!

Artists & Celebrities Expected:
10th Ave. North
Brandon Heath
Rob Bironas
The Roys
Jeff Bates
Burns & Poe
Daryle Singletary
Lynn Anderson
Riders In the Sky
Jessica Frech
Jeremy Parsons
Robert Burgeis
Bo Bice
Nathan Douglas
Barry Michael
Adam Fisher
Aaron Kelly
Dustin Wilkes
Mason Douglas
Shane Thomas
Eric Lee Beddingfield
Wayne Mills Band
Phoenix Drive
Lucus Hoge
Ty Brown
Jesse Keith Whitley
Crystal Rose
Johnny Gates
Randy Montana
Paul Stout

Requested Donation:
Adults: $5.00
Kids age 2 to 12: $2.00
Under 2: Free
Maximum Family: $20.00

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Danielle Peck and Friends Come Together for Safe Haven Family Shelter Benefit

On Tuesday, November 15, Danielle Peck and an incredible lineup featuring some of music’s finest artists performed for a packed crowd at 3rd and Lindsley to generate funds and awareness and funds for Safe Haven Family Shelter.

Hosted by GAC’s Nan Kelley, the evening was full of great performances by Danielle Peck, Jamie O’Neal, Burns and Poe, The Roys, Julie Roberts, The North Pole Patrol and Ray Scott. Rob Bironas of the Tennessee Titans was also on hand to show his support for SHFS by signing and donating a Tennessee Titans Football for the auction.

“Danielle is such an amazing advocate for our organization, and is the driving force behind the success of this event, year after year,” said Rachael Wilkins, SHFS Director of Development. “She involves some incredibly talented artists along with securing some wonderful online auction items so that there is an opportunity to garner more awareness and funds for homeless families,” she continued. “It was very moving to see these artists give so generously of their time to perform and their willingness to support our mission.”

SHFS is currently hosting an online auction with memorabilia from the likes of Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Rob Bironas (Tennessee Titans) and others.

The auction can be accessed online at The auction will run through the end of the month.

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