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Trick Pony reunites with new music, tour

Phyllis Stark

(L-R) Musicians Keith Burns, Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean of the group Trick Pony perform in 2006 (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Trick Pony reunites with new music, tour

Phyllis Stark
CREATED Feb. 16, 2014

The three original members of Trick Pony have reunited and are recording new music together. Heidi Newfield, Ira Dean and Keith Burns also plan to tour together this year. The group disbanded in 2006 after notching the hits “Pour Me” and top 5 single “On A Night Like This” while recording for Curb Records.

“You can’t go forward unless you’ve visited your past a little bit and go, ‘Let’s not do a repeat performance of that,’” lead singer Heidi tells Country Weekly. “We’ve done that, and we’re all in a really healthy mind space.”

Keith tells Country Weekly, “After our first album as Trick Pony, I don’t feel like the music ever lived up to what we did live. Our new music that we are working on does that very thing. We have no doubt in our minds that we’re going to get up there onstage and blow those people away.”
 
After Heidi left the band to launch an ultimately unsuccessful solo career, the two male members replaced her with singer Aubrey Collins, then later disbanded altogether. Keith formed the duo Burns & Poe with musician Michelle Poe, a former member of Dierks Bentley’s band. Bassist Ira focused on songwriting and producing other acts.
 
“It’s not like we took a hiatus,” says Ira. “We just played in different bands. We never slowed down on the road.”
 
According to Country Weekly, the band initially regrouped last year for a Boston benefit concert.
 
Trick Pony will release new Ira-produced music later in 2014, as well as launch a new tour, Country Weekly reports.

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