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.
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.
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.