On a Mission

On a Mission

by Trick PonyTrick Pony

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2002
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624823629
catalogNumber: 48236
Rank: 107660

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,Engineering
Janice Azrak   Art Direction
Daniel Majorie   Engineering

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