|Artist: Trick Pony|
|Itching for some good smooth country music that will have you aching for a warm summer evening at a Nashville honky tonk? Take a listen to Trick Pony's latest effort R.I.D.E. and you're almost there.|
Trick Pony, America's orneriest and feistiest barroom-rockin', butt-kickin', hard-core honky-tonk band, looks you in the eye and lays its new album, R.I.D.E., on the table. And in this game, everybody's a winner.
But that's just the first hand. R.I.D.E. mixes their dancin'-and-drinkin' sound with songs that reflect the challenges that Ira Dean, Keith Burns, and Heidi Newfield have confronted over the past couple of years.
Plenty of artists have been derailed by such events -- positive and negative, personal and professional. But maybe they haven't been toughened enough on brutal club tours, or forced to handle heights and depths of emotion within one brief stretch of months, or drawn together in ways that only the tightest bands can understand.
And nobody puts on a show like these three -- certainly no one woman put on a show like Heidi before she crashed onto the scene, with her headfirst stage dives to body-surf audience waves to the bar for one fast shot and then back again in time to hit the next verse.
Trick Pony has done all that. They're still doing it. And judging by the passion and pain and celebration and flat-out, honest-to-God country soul of R.I.D.E., they'll be doing it long, long past last call...
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Trick Pony: Heidi Newfield Johnson (vocals, harmonica); Keith Burns (acoustic guitar); Ira Dean (bass instrument).|
|Personnel: Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Keith Burns , Jimmy Panda, Billy Hullet, Michael Spiggs, Michael Spriggs, Larry Baird, Ira Dean (acoustic guitar); Pat Buchanan (electric guitar, dobro); John Willis (electric guitar, banjo); Chris Leuzinger, John Jorgenson, Johnny Hiland, Troy Lancaster, J.T. Corenflos, Bobby Terry (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Anthony Smith (banjo); Larry Franklin, Joe Spivey, Audrey Haney (fiddle); Heidi Newfield (harmonica); Gordon Mote (piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Jim "Moose" Brown (piano, organ, keyboards); Steve Nathan (organ); Chris McHugh, Greg Morrow, Owen Hale, Tommy Hardin, Milton Sledge, Shannon Forrest (drums).|
|Additional personnel: Darius Rucker (vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Bob Campbell-Smith; Ed Seay; Brian Tankersley.|
|Photographer: Jim Shea.|
|R.I.D.E., the title of Trick Pony's third album, stands for "Rebellious Individuals Delivering Entertainment." Of course, in 2000's Nashville, rebelling could often mean playing straight-up old-school country while not taking oneself too seriously, two pursuits at which Trick Pony excels. A slice of good-time barroom country rock, R.I.D.E. manages to sound staunchly traditional while never sticking too close to a formula. Primary lead vocalist Heidi Newfield comes off like a bawdy mix of Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, and Mae West, delivering the pure honky-tonk of "Ain't Wastin' Good Whiskey On You" and the tears-in-your-beer emotion of "When I Fall" with equal panache. It's guitarist Keith Burns, however, who delivers the record's most accessible song with "Sad City," which features a guest vocal from Hootie & The Blowfish's Darius Rucker. A mix of sawdust, sweat, and jumbotron-ready party spirit, this R.I.D.E. is guaranteed to be a wild one.|
Producer: Chuck Howard; Anthony Smith
Engineer: Bob Campbell-Smith; Jeff Watkins; Bob Campbell-Smith; Gregg Dorman
|Release Date : 08/23/2005|
|Original Release Date : 2005|
|Catalog ID : 78864|
|Label : Curb|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00715187886421|
Their journey began in 1996 with a statement of faith in their mission, as Keith and Ira left two steady backup gigs -- with Joe Diffie and Tanya Tucker, respectively -- to start from scratch with their own group. When Heidi joined them it was like jamming into high gear and hitting the highway as they tore through the Southern circuit and built their reputation for playing -- in every sense of the word -- harder than any other outfit in the territory.
Trick Pony made Nashville's famous Wildhorse Saloon their home base and scored a major label deal. Sparked by three singles, including the Top Five hit "On a Night Like This," their first album, Trick Pony , exploded in 2001: The album went gold, the Academy of Country Music hailed them as the "Top New Vocal Group," and they won an American Music Award as "Favorite New Country Artist." A year later, they followed with On a Mission , another package of great songs and raucous performances -- but things were getting complicated.
Trick Pony found a new home in May 2004 at Curb Records, thanks to Chuck Howard's long working ties to the label and Mike Curb's enthusiasm for the band. With artists as diverse as Montgomery Gentry, Hank Williams Jr., and Kid Rock snatching them up as opening acts, with nominations last year for a Grammy, a CMT Flame Worthy Music Video Award, and five Academy of Country Music Award nominations, and their ACM contention this year for "Top Vocal Group," Trick Pony seems poised to exceed even Curb's expectations. And while new fields to conquer lie just over the horizon -- Ira, for example, is determined to be the first stand-up bassist to play through a wah-wah pedal on The Grand Ole Opry -- their roots will keep them moving wherever they go.
"I'm never going to be Celine Dion," Heidi smiles. "I'm a honky-tonker, down to the core. We're a honky-tonk band. And if that means that we get a little bit raunchy, if it means we talk about drinkin' and cheatin', if it means we sing about being in love or making love, if we sing it from the heart in a stone cold country song, well, I'm proud of that.