- Released: March 13, 2001
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Entertainment Weekly - 4/6/01, p.121
"...Humble honky-tonks....you can practically smell the sawdust on this spunky debut..." - Rating: B
- 1.Pour Me
- 2.Party of One
- 3.Big River
- 4.Every Other Memory
- 5.More Like Me
- 6.Just What I Do
- 7.Stay in the Moment
- 8.On a Night Like This
- 9.One in a Row
- 10.Now Would Be the Time
- 11.Can't Say That on the Radio
- 13.Not Hidden Track
Trick Pony includes: Heidi Newfield (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Keith Burns (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ira Dean (12-string electric guitar, baritone guitar, acoustic & electric bass, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings (vocals); Michael Spriggs (acoustic guitar); Pat Buchanan, John Jorgenson, Brad Ruthven, Russ Paul (electric guitar); Larry Franklin, Aubrey Haynie, Daniel Blank (fiddle); Jimmy Nichols, John Hobbs, Steve Nathan (keyboards); Shannon Forrest, Kenny Aronoff (drums); Tom Roady, Brian Nelson (percussion).
Engineers: Bob Campbell-Smith, Jeff Watkins, Daniel Marjorie.
"Just What I Do" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Personnel: Michael Spriggs (acoustic guitar); Ira Dean (electric guitar, baritone guitar, percussion); John Jorgenson, Pat Buchanan (electric guitar); Larry Franklin, Aubrey Haynie (fiddle); Heidi Newfield (harmonica); John Hobbs, Steve Nathan, Jimmy Nichols (keyboards); Kenny Aronoff , Shannon Forrest (drums); Tom Roady, Brian Nelson (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Bob Campbell-Smith.
Photographer: Robert Ascroft.
Though one of this trio's number sports a cowboy hat, and the group is marketed towards a country audience, Trick Pony's music owes as much to rockabilly and pop-rock as it does to anything coming out of Nashville. Big, twangy guitar riffs abound, as do honky-tonk rhythms that split the difference between vintage Bakersfield and Sun Records.
And if the Wanda Jackson-influenced vocals of Heidi Newfield aren't enough to convince you of Trick Pony's old-school credentials, the group is joined on their version of Johnny Cash's Sun-era classic "Big River" by none other than Waylon Jennings and the Man in Black himself. That said, this is no retro outfit; there's plenty of modern-sounding country-pop that wouldn't sound out of place on the radio next to Alan Jackson or Travis Tritt. Still, it's Trick Pony's sense of history that helps set them apart from the pack.