The new group on the block

By Rob Greenwell

I've been in the music business for a little while now, and I've seen acts come and go. However, in the last five years, I have never seen an act come on the scene with such fire and fever as the trio that played at Coyote's on October 25: Trick Pony. They caught fire with their independent label release of "Pour Me," which many radio station program directors jumped on the moment of its release, including Coyote Calhoun of WAMZ. Seeing the success of Trick Pony on an independent label, Warner Brothers snatched them up in a hurry. The rest, as they say, is history.

Having paid their dues as the house band at the WildHorse Saloon in Nashville. these folks know how to entertain, and how to party. The band consists of Heidi the blonde bombshell, Ira the comedian, and Keith the straightforward kind of boring musician who looks like he has the job of keeping the other two on the straight and narrow. Plus a full backup band, of course.

They hit the stage with a bang, opening up with their first single, "Pour Me," a rousing tune that can get the most serious of people on their feet and singing along. From then on, they kept the party rolling, going straight into their first number one single, "On A Night Like This," a cha-cha-type tune also keeps listeners their feet and singing along.

Ira the comedian goofs on stage, making everyone watch him. Well, at least the ladies: the guys are transfixed on Heidi. I really don't think he cares, of course, as long as they entertain the audience. Keith is allowed to sing a little bit later on his penned Joe Diffie hit, "Whole Lotta Gone." They revealed their rock roots with a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song.

The party rolled straight to the encore, wherein they didn't disappoint the people who came to hear their hits, reprising "Pour Me" as the first song of the encore. The last song of their two-song encore "Sweet Home Alabama," revised into "Sweet Home U.S.A."