What Am I Waiting For

What Am I Waiting For

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by Heidi Newfield
     
 

What Am I Waiting For is the debut solo effort for singer and songwriter Heidi Newfield, former frontwoman of the contemporary country trio Trick Pony. Produced by the legendary Tony Brown, the set appears after its initial hit single, "Johnny and June," about country music's most legendary couple. Written with See more details below

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What Am I Waiting For is the debut solo effort for singer and songwriter Heidi Newfield, former frontwoman of the contemporary country trio Trick Pony. Produced by the legendary Tony Brown, the set appears after its initial hit single, "Johnny and June," about country music's most legendary couple. Written with Deanna Bryant and Stephony Smith, this is exactly what you might expect from pop-country in the 21st century: huge compressed guitars, rock vocals, and some acoustic guitars and pedal steels to make it "country." To be honest, while the song is well crafted, Brown's production simply melds it in to the morass that is "everything else" in country instead of crowning it with the Sheryl Crow hooky sheen he seems to have sought. The title track, with its nearly subliminal backing vocals, mandolin, and electric guitar in the intro, fares far better. The tune feels more like country music instead of generic pop, and its lyric content offers an honest portrait of restlessness and wanderlust -- and it's got a killer chorus on the refrain that features Ashley Cleveland on backing vocals. For those who've been listening to guitarist Kenny Greenberg for years, he's the man up front here, but the unbearably compressed roar of his six-string takes away from his trademark sound. Other tracks that are notable here include "Nothin' Burns Like a Memory," with its curiously funky backbeat in the verse before exploding like a Gretchen Wilson rocker (it was written with former Trick Pony partner Ira Dean), and the Hillary Lindsey-penned power ballad narrative "Cry Cry ('Til the Sun Shines)." Ultimately, while this record succeeds in terms of its songwriting, there is little to distinguish its sound from its countless contemporaries. Newfield is a very talented songwriter and a kinetic vocalist who has both the power and the charisma to succeed in Nashville -- otherwise she wouldn't have gotten a chance at a solo career. That said, here's hope that this recording will do well enough and she can choose a hungrier, more imaginative producer next time out.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187908727
catalogNumber:
79087

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heidi Newfield   Primary Artist
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Horn
Stephony Smith   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Reese Wynans   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jonathan Yudkin   Cello
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Leslie Craig   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Brown   Producer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Randy Weeks   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Deanna Bryant   Composer
Ira Dean   Composer
Dale Dodson   Composer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Heidi Newfield   Composer
Felix McTeigue   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Keith Burns   Composer

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