Throwback Jam: Trick Pony’s “Just What I Do”

By Emily Wagner

They were THE trio of the late 90’s/early 2000’s.

And before there was Lady Antebellum there was Trick Pony. Made up of members Heidi Newfield, Keith Burns, and Ira Dean, they discovered the secret ingredient of male and female harmonies to make any song a little better. They came on the scene strong, with their self titled debut album. While not the highest charting single, the third single from the album, “Just What I Do” might as well have made the most noise. 

Written by group members, Dean and Burns, the song is a perfect example of Trick Pony’s identity- high energy and fun. It was released in 2002 and only made it as high as the #13 spot on the charts. However it was nominated for the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2003 Grammys (losing out to the Dixie Chicks Long Time Gone) and the 2003 ACM for Single of the Year, which went to Kenny Chesney’s “The Good Stuff.”

Regardless of the songs critical or commercial success, it was clear early on that Trick Pony knew exactly what kind of music they wanted to produce and perform, and “Just What I Do” quickly became one of their signature songs.