Debuting Warner Bros. trio Trick Pony treated BMI Nashville to special performance in the writer/publisher lobby, previewing songs from their self-titled album. Keith Burns (guitar), Ira Dean (bass) and Heidi Newfield (harmonica) sang their Top 20-and-rising single "Pour Me," plus "Just What I Do" and the Johnny Cash classic "Big River" (their heroes Cash and Waylon Jennings provided guest vocals on the record). Burns, Dean and Newfield, each of whom has a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappel Music, penned eight tunes on the new album. "Pour Me," the first song the three wrote together, caught the ear of producer Chuck Howard, who brought them to Warner Bros; the album was released March 13 on Howard's imprint, H2E. Other songwriters contributing to the project are Karen Staley, George Teren, and Lewis Anderson.
Warner Bros.' Jack Purcell, Trick Pony's Keith Burns, BMI's Paul Corbin and Harry Warner, Trick Pony's Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean, Warner/Chappell Music's Tim Wipperman, Warner Bros.' Paige Levy and BMI's Mark Mason
Trick Pony recently made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and wowed the crowd at the Country Radio Seminar with their high-energy show and sense of humor. For tour information, visit www.trickpony.com.
Trick Pony: Ira Dean, Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns
photos by Alan Mayor