Nashville style writers round with Trick Pony, Doc Holladay, Buddy Jewell, and Dustin Hensley
If there's one thing Trick Pony knows when it comes to music, it's how to stay relevant in an ever changing business where many come and go. The longevity of the band, founded by both Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns, has them continuing to run the gauntlet with their creative minds, high octane live show, and the heart to deliver their best music yet. In 2001, Trick Pony became one of the most talked about new acts in country music. The former trio cranked out several hits including their self-penned debut single and still ever catchy "Pour Me," followed by "On A Night Like This," "Just What I Do," "On A Mission," their Top 20 cover of Bonnie Tyler's 70's hit "It's A Heartache" and more. After a musical hiatus in Dec of 2006, to peruse different creative paths, Trick Pony reformed as a duo in 2014, where they have been steadily building a new full-length album bringing back an enhanced and current version of what put Trick Pony on the map in the first place.
"Voted as one of the top 3 singer/songwriters in Nashville 4 years running in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene "Best Of Nashville" readers poll, Doc Holladay has become one of the most in demand new songwriters around, while also managing to run a full time Optometry practice. While primarily a country/pop country writer, he can also be found working and writing with pop stars such as "Tiffany", Southern Rock legend Jimmie Van Zant, and even with members of legendary rock groups such as Cinderella, Warrant, Tesla, The Babys, and Motley Crue. Doc has had 25 song cuts this year alone, in the U.S. Sweden, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. Doc's latest cuts include "I've Got You" recorded by top Swedish country artist and actress Christina Lindberg (released on Warner Music in Europe), "L.A. Calling/Marilyn Monroe" which is being released this month by former NHL hockey pro- turned pop country artist Chris Lindberg (also on Warner Music Europe), and "I Get Back Up" which is being recorded by Australian sensation and 2015 Golden Guitar Award "New Artist of the Year" winner, Christie Lamb. He has a song which will be featured on an upcoming movie featuring Ashley Judd as well as being the lyric writer and vocalist for a Swedish TV ad campaign for the "Diner 45" resturant chain. Yet another single with the rock band Syndrome of Fire just charted on Bilboard at #23 and will be used this season by the NFL for instant replays. Doc has also run the "Doc Holladay Songwriter Series" for the past 3 years, which is a quarterly series of benefit shows featuring some of the best writers and performers in Nashville and beyond. He routinely plays at the famous Bluebird Cafe and often shares his music and experiences at various drug and alcohol treatment centers as well as playing for Children's hospitals and for the elderly in assisted living situations. To quote superstar Jon Bon Jovi, Doc's music is simply "good stuff!"
Buddy Jewell best known for having won the top prize in the first season of the reality television show Nashville Star, which landed him a recording contract with Columbia Records. His first major-label album, Buddy Jewell, reached gold-record status after being released in July 2003. In 2015, Jewell was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.
"Dustin Hensley sounds like nobody else on the country music landscape today. His voice will enchant you on a ballad, and make you clap along or tap your feet on a up-tempo rocker. Being his own artist gives him a leg up on the competition." Chuck Dauphin - Billboard Magazine. With the release of his top ten hit, Don't Call It A Night, Dustin has been touring the country with his electric live show and wild personality. He's currently in the studio working on his debut record due out later this year.