Ira Dean of Trick Pony is ready for his first solo album with Average Joe’s Entertainment. He has already shot the video for this first single,
“Something About a Sunday.” We should be able to get an earful in January once it hits radio stations. Dean has some big boots behind the song; it’s written by Kris Kristofferson and is a song that was made famous by the Man in Black himself: Johnny Cash.
“Johnny Cash told me you can’t go wrong with the truth, because people recognize it right away, even if it’s been years since they’ve heard it,” Dean says about adding the element of honesty into his approach. “I wrote that first single with Josh Thompson, and it’s as real as it gets.”
“Some of the stuff on the album is rowdy, some of it is rockin’ and over the top,” he says. “There’s fun stuff and serious stuff on there. I co-wrote and produced it, played every instrument on some of the songs. I had a few guys help me with production, but I was just having fun doing my song demos when some people heard what I was doing. The next thing I knew we were off to the races, having fun and getting up at five in the morning doing radio interviews again.”
Country icon, Mel Tillis is featured in the video for “Something About a Sunday.” For those not familiar with Dean’s previous band, Trick Pony called it quits in 2008. But he’s not the only one to do solo ventures since: lead singer Heidi Newfield has already released her first solo album. Guitarist Keith Burns has formed the duo, Burns & Poe, with Michelle Poe. Dean had some catching up to do with his fellow bandmates with the release of the new album.