Popular country music group Trick Pony has officially called it quits, reported guitarist and sometimes-vocalist Keith Burns from his condemned one-bedroom apartment in East Nashville. Burns, who sang lead on the group’s 2002 hit “Just What I Do,” issued the statement on behalf of all the group’s members, most of whom had already left several months ago. In fact, Trick Pony was effectively a one-man band for the last year of its existence.
“When Heidi left in December 2006 – and seriously, no hard feelings about that – Ira and I decided to look for a replacement. We found Aubrey, but then she left a few months later,” explained Burns, stroking his disheveled, alcohol-soaked beard, a far cry from the sleek five o’clock shadow he wore at the height of his fame. “Ira and I were looking for another girl singer, thinking possibly Lila McCann might be available to do something with us, and then all of a sudden Ira left. So then I was out a bassist and a singer.”
Burns courageously forged ahead on his own, refusing to let the Trick Pony dream die. After posting numerous “musicians wanted” ads on Craigslist, waiting in vain for Curb to drop Newfield, and showing up drunk and bandless at several self-booked Trick Pony gigs, Burns finally gave up the fight last night. The decision was reportedly made over a lukewarm meal at a Nashville-area soup kitchen.
The band’s website will remain up at www.trickpony.com until March 27, when the hosting company will unsuccessfully attempt to bill $9 to one of Burns’ five maxed-out credit cards. Burns has taken a job at a local women’s nightclub while he considers his next career move.