Trick Pony

Genre: Country; Producer (group): Warner Bros.

For anyone who’s sick of pop passing for country, here’s the antidote: a trio that’s honed its high-energy sound in humble honky-tonks instead of swank Music Row offices. Thanks to Heidi Newfield’s wildcat vocals and the band’s twang-and-bang spirit (plus cameos from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings), you can practically smell the sawdust on Trick Pony.

Originally posted April 6 2001 — 12:00 AM EDT

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