Heidi Newfield is definitely at the top of her game right now. She’s about to kick off a tour, and has been nominated for four ACM awards this year. Her nominations include Single, Song, and Video of the Year for “Johnny and June,” and Top Female Vocalist.
I first saw Heidi at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., when she was part of Trick Pony. She sang with Ira Dean and Keith Burns from 1996 until 2006. They recorded three albums together, the last one was “R.I.D.E.” in 2005. Back in 1997, the group won Top New Vocal Group at the ACM’s and also took home the award at the American Music Awards for Favorite New Country Group.
I enjoyed seeing Heidi with Dean and Ira (I have one of Ira’s towels); and I enjoyed even more her performance at the Appalachian Fair in 2008. I got to meet her, get some great photos, both on stage and off, and even got to visit with her band members. Everyone was really nice, and seemed to enjoy talking to their fans.
Here’s the schedule posted so far for Heidi’s concerts. It only goes through June, however, we are starting to hear things about our area Fairs this summer and fall, and it looks like there is a very strong possibility that Heidi will be at our Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va., in September 2009.
12 – Knoxville, TN – Cotton Eyed Joe
21 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort and Spa
3 – Florence, AZ – Country Thunder USA
9 – Logandale, NV – Clark County Fair
17 – Port Huron, MI – McMorran Place Main Arena
18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
24 – Kennesaw, GA – Cowboys
25 – Clewiston, FL – Sugar Festival City Park
22 – Miami, OK – Buffalo Run Casino
5 – Marion, SC – Marion County Music Fest
6 – Enterprise, AL – BAMAJAM Festival
12 – Chicago, IL – Joe’s On Weed Street
13 – Winsted, MN – Winstock Country Music Fest
19 – Marinette, WI – Porterfield Country Festival
26 – Oshkosh, WI – Country USA
28 – Grand Junction, CO – Country Jam USA
Just have to leave you with this video – the one that got it all started for Heidi, and the song that will probably remain my favorite Heidi Newfield song no matter how many other hits she gets out — Here’s “Johnny and June”.
I will talk to you all real soon. My e-mail is caught up, and I really need more to answer, so drop me a line when you have a minute. Enjoy your Sunday!