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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
After a hit debut album and a couple of ACM awards in 2001, Trick Pony are no longer country music's dark horses, coming from nowhere to shake things up. That said, the trio respond to their out-of-the-box success with a second album that builds on and expands upon the strengths of their first long player. That means more hard country and honky-tonk and a smattering of smart, contemporary country that gives mainstream melodicism a traditionalist edge. And in Heidi Newfield, Trick Pony have introduced one of the most formidable vocalists to hit country music in years: She's got Lorrie Morgan's husky-voiced sultriness and Tanya Tucker's blues belter's swagger all in one ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
After a hit debut album and a couple of ACM awards in 2001, Trick Pony are no longer country music's dark horses, coming from nowhere to shake things up. That said, the trio respond to their out-of-the-box success with a second album that builds on and expands upon the strengths of their first long player. That means more hard country and honky-tonk and a smattering of smart, contemporary country that gives mainstream melodicism a traditionalist edge. And in Heidi Newfield, Trick Pony have introduced one of the most formidable vocalists to hit country music in years: She's got Lorrie Morgan's husky-voiced sultriness and Tanya Tucker's blues belter's swagger all in one package. When Newfield advises gals to get on with their lives in a sizzling rocker, "Nobody Ever Died of a Broken Heart," the gritty determination in her voice is more than a match for the guitars' wailing urgency. At the other end of the spectrum, the warmth and tenderness she delivers in a pop-country love ballad, "Love Be Still," supported by the comforting harmonies of guitarist Keith Burns and bassist Ira Dean, showcases her seasoned way with phrasing and nuance. She can get down and dirty with the best of 'em too, as she proves on the rowdy honky-tonk-cum-rockabilly come-on, "Rockabilly Blues," and on an aggressive workout with Willie Nelson on the latter's "Whiskey River," reinvigorated here by a driving shuffle rhythm, Newfield's Little Walter–style harmonica and insouciant vocalizing, and Nelson's personable vocals and pungent guitar solo. Let this pony run -- it looks good for the long haul.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Performances are spirited, songs are catchy, and the good-time vibe is unavoidable throughout Trick Pony's sophomore release. What distinguishes this trio from their colleagues on the Music City assembly line are the rough edges they leave in their vocals. Even on their tightest harmonies they project a spontaneity that feels far more genuine than cultivated. The material, most of which is their own, provides plenty of catchy hooks and down-home wordplay, though none of it leaves much of an aftertaste. Willie Nelson makes a predictably informal appearance in a cover of his old "Whiskey River" hit; its thrown-together quality feels pretty much like everything Nelson has done these past several decades.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624823629
  • Catalog Number: 48236
  • Sales rank: 329,995

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trick Pony Primary Artist
Willie Nelson Acoustic Guitar
John Jorgenson Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Shannon Forrest Drums
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
John Hobbs Keyboards
Brian Nelson Drums
Jonathan Yudkin Violin
Michael Spriggs Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Ira Dean Bass, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Heidi Newfield Harmonica, Vocals
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Keith Burns Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Chuck Howard Producer
Bob Campbell-Smith Engineer, Engineering
Jeff Watkins Engineer, Mastering, Engineering
Janice Azrak Art Direction
Daniel Majorie Engineering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Decide who you want to be

    It would seem that Trick Pony can't decide what type of band they want to be. Do they wish to be a country band, that can cross over and turn the volume on the amps up every now and then, or do they want to be a "posing" country-rock band, that can slow it down occasionally. The title song leaves alot to be desired, as the main track is a generic, radio-friendly bore. Sit down, take off the rock star masks and decide what direction you wish to focus on. It's hard to like a band that can't seem to see how they like themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony does it again

    This album is great. If you've got their first album then you must have this one. It don't get no better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Album was great

    When I bought the cd I really wanted to hear the songs on the album & I did & I think that they are great to listen to the songs really put you in a good mood I think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony sure is on a mission!!!

    on trick pony's new album there are 12 great new traks. the new songs deal with things that people can relate to, such as " Nobody ever died of a broken heart" and "Leavin seems to be the going thing"! the new album is even greater than the last. trick pony sure is on a mission to become the next best country group!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Follow Up

    Trick Pony's second Cd is the greatest! Each song has it's own unique sound. Heidi, Ira and Keith have an awesome ability to blend the sounds of older country music with the likes of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to make a new sound that is great! If you haven't gotten the "On A Mission" CD yet, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it! The song Nobody Dies From A Broken Heart is one of my favorite songs of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mission Accomplished

    Trick Pony's On A Mission is a fresh and fun version of country music. It allows younger listeners to experience authentic country music. It also allows older generations to connect to their music with a collaboration with Willie Nelson. Trick Pony's cd On A Mission is fun and will leave a smile on your face for a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mission accomplished

    Trick Pony picked up where they left off. Heidi`s vocals are better than ever,the writing is excellent and so are the instrumentals. The more you listen the more you will like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony rocks my world (again)

    Heidi, Ira, and Keith are back with 12 awesome, toe-tappin' hardcore country songs. By now you should be familiar with the rockin' "On a Mission" and the HOT video that goes with it! There are songs about heartbreak, drinking, falling in love, and drinking some more! The most notable drinking song is their cover of "Whiskey River", where they are joined by Willie Nelson himself! Stellar stuff! "Hillbilly Blues" has a really great beat and "Not Thinking Straight Anymore" is about the things you do to try and forget a fizzled relationship. "Love be Still" is a soaring balad, Heidi's voice will give you chills. Keith takes his turn singin on "Love is a Ball" - which is a very upbeat positive song - and the more subdued "Leavin' Seems to be the Goin' Thing". Ira's acoustic wonder "The Devil and Me" is the most heart-wrenching, touching song I have ever heard - it alone is worth the price of the CD. Heidi sings most of the songs, but they are all well-written and played and sang. Trick Pony does not suffer from a sophomore jinx ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony is Headed to Top

    Trick Pony proves that they are for real with their follow-up CD On a Mission. Their sound just gets better and better. A Boy Like You is a really good rock song and the love ballad Love Be Still is just a beautiful song and Ira shows his sensitive side with The Devil and Me. All in all the CD ROCKS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony "On a Mission" to reach the Top!

    This album is even better than the first. This is a group that makes you smile just hearing them. The song from the title track is really one that gets you moving, no one can sit still when Trick Pony is in the house. This is a group that is on the move...straight to the TOP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved this disc!!!!

    This cd is a cross between rock & roll & honky tonkin' country. I gave it 5 stars because it absolutley deserves it. The fiery voice of Heidi, the sultry strummin by Keith, & crazy bass antics from Ira will take this group far. On A Mission will NOT disappoint you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    8 second ride!

    The ponies bust STRAIGHT OUT DA GATE with their sophomore effort! Keeping with their energetic, rough and rowdy sound, Trick Pony saddles you in for a wild ride with ON A MISSION! Heidi brakes all the rules with the lyrically-male-oriented "Not Thikin' Straight," and showcases her wonderfully raw sound. On a more contemporary note, "Love is a Ball," is sure to satisfy radio, and listeners of all genre's. The majority of the project is a step-up lyrically and musically! So cowboy up and hang on for one hec of a ride!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony On A Mission

    Trick Pony is on a Mission, a Mission to let everyone know they have the material to back up their self titled Album. They are the greatest entertainers. This Album is as good or better than the first one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hottest Ticket In Nashville

    This unlikley trio make wonderful music together. Keith's licks on the guitar, Heidi's harmonica, and Ira's antics, together with their harmonies, make a great sound pleasing to the ear. Ira's honesty with The Devil and Me, Heidi's ballad with Love Be Still and Keith's fun two steppin Love is a Ball are all great songs, not to mention On A Mission. This is a MUST have CD. Live is Best, but the CD is the next best thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST!!!!

    Trick Pony just keeps getting better!! This Album is a mixture of who they are and what they are going to be. You hear Ira as you never have before, Hiedi and energetic as always and and Keith is always wonderful. If you want pure lasting entertainment buy ON A MISSION!! You can't go wrong !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Band!

    Trick Pony is the most fun band in today's country music scene!!! Their music is rockin' country, but with a classic country touch. They are awesome in concert too. Can't wait to see them again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Honky Tonk at its Best!!!

    Trick Pony's sophmore effort hits a homerun!! With the twang and upbeat energy in every song and the nerve striking emotion in ballads like "Love be still" (one of my favorites) this cd delivers. It has a song for every mood, you don't have to be in a good mood to listen to it, though it will probably put you in one. If your in the mood for an upbeat get-moving kind of song the tite track "On A Mission" should do it or you could flip to track #4 "Love is a Ball" and Crank it up too. If your in the mood for a broken heart song you could put on "I'm not thinkin straight anymore." My favorite on the whole cd is Ira's moving ballad "The Devil and Me", a song about Ira's beating alcoholism. With Energy and emotion all the way through, it is a cd that will be in your cd player for a long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome real country

    On a Mission continues where the first Trick Pony release left off, drawing from traditional country influences and adding to them with some straight ahead rock. Highlights include "Love is a Ball" and "A Boy Like You." Heidi Newfield's voice is in fine form but Keith Burns and Ira Dean add some great tracks as well -- this CD shows that Trick Pony is an all around talented band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They Just Get Better

    This album at first sounded a lot differant from the last, but after listening to it about 50 time you can feel the same intencity as was in there 1st album. After seeing them live several time I can imagine them singing each song. AND !! Heidi is HOT !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trick Pony goes on a mission

    Trick Pony delivers a good solid effort on their latest cd. The first song "On a Mission" is a good anthem for all of us that has been down alittle. Some of the other great songs are "love is a ball" and Ira does a great job on "The Devil and Me" and "Fast Horses" will get you singing along. Overall this cd will be great in your collection.

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