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Trick Pony goes live

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 – Trick Pony will record its final disc as a live album this week, the trio announced Tuesday.

Lead singer Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns will play the venue where they received their record deal - the Wildhorse Saloon Wednesday. Newfield announced she is leaving the band to pursue a solo career.

"Wednesday night will be a very special and sentimental night for several reasons," Newfield said. "One, the Wildhorse stage is where we got our start 10 years ago - when Ira had bangs and I was way too blonde with interesting fashion sense! Secondly, it's where we got our record deal, and now it's where we'll play our last show together. What an amazing ride it's been! With this final show, we are paying tribute to the fans, the music, and the memories by recording a live album throughout the evening."

With their gold selling album, "Trick Pony," the group earned themselves an ACM for "Top New Vocal Group" and an AMA for "Favorite New Country Act."

Newfield will record a solo album in 2007 for Curb, the label which also is home to Trick Pony.

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R.I.D.E. CD review - R.I.D.E.
Saddle up and strap in, buckaroos; Trick Pony delivers arguably their best ride ever. The title of their 14-cut third album stands for Rebellious Individuals Delivering Entertainment, and boy howdy, this trio delivers with all the venom of a coiled up rattlesnake. Heidi Newfield Johnson's throaty vocals turn on a dime from the wink-and-nod "The Bride," struts through "I Can Live With That" and waltzes through Matraca Berg's "Stand in the Middle of Texas." The trio steps from the safety of the »»»
On A Mission
The phrases are "Don't change a good thing," "Don't fix it if it ain't broke" and "Don't leap off a train while it's moving." They all apply to the second release by Trick Pony, the hot trio that took mainstream country by surprise with last year's debut. The focus here, while progressing as singers, players and writers, is to remain on the beaten path. Most of this disc is about high energy right from the opening strains of the title cut, much the same as "Pour Me" set the stage on the debut. »»»
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Similar to the Dixie Chicks, Trick Pony combines solid country rootswith more than a touch of rockabilly to create a spunky and humorouslyappealing mix. In addition to the single "Pour Me," which is a play on both self-pity and strong drink, the trio also brings along Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings for Cash's"Big River" and returns to the heartbreak theme for "Party of One" and "OneIn A Row." Everybody in the group sings, but this horse sounds its most untamedwhen Heidi Newfield's female vocals lead the herd. »»»