Country superstars coming to Shooting Star this month
Two chart-topping country music acts are headed for Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center this month.
Contemporary country duo, Trick Pony, will perform at the Shooting Star this Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
Grammy Award-winning country music legend Charley Pride is headed for the Shooting Star stage the following weekend, Friday, July 20, also at 8 p.m.; tickets for this show start at $25.
Tickets for both shows are available now, and can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at the Shooting Star's website, www.starcasino.com, or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on the casino's Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ShootingStarCasino.
In 1996, Keith Burns, Ira Dean, and Heidi Newfield formed well-known country band, Trick Pony. The group dropped its debut album, the gold-certified "Trick Pony," in 2001, which spawned top hits "Pour Me," "On a Night Like This," and "Just What I Do." That same year, Trick Pony also received the "Artist of the Year Award" at the Country Music Association Awards.
Trick Pony's second and third albums, "On a Mission" and "R.I.D.E," were released in 2002 and 2005, respectively, and included top singles "A Boy Like You," "The Bride," "It's a Heartache," and "Ain't Wastin' Good Whiskey on You." In 2006, the group disbanded to follow their own creative paths.
In 2014, Burns and Newfield reformed Trick Pony. Now as a duo, Trick Pony released their comeback song, "It's a God Thing," in 2015, and dropped their extended play album in 2016.
Known for their signature trade-off harmony and revitalized sound, Trick Pony has reclaimed old fans while also appealing to the new country music crowd.
Born a sharecropper's son in 1938, Charley Pride discovered his love for music on a cotton farm in Sledge, Mississippi. Pride's father would tune the family's Philco radio to local blues, gospel, and country music stations. At the age of 14, Pride taught himself how to play the guitar. Pride's dream to play baseball professionally put his music aspirations on the back burner until 1963.
In 1966, after Pride traded in his baseball bat for a guitar, he released his first single, "Snakes Crawl at Night." By 1967, Pride had received a Grammy Award for his hit, "Just Between You and Me." Two years later, Pride landed his first No. 1 hit on the U.S. country charts for his record, "All I Have to Offer." He continued to release top hits, including "Anybody Goin' to San Antone," and "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'."
The Country Music Association named Pride the Male Vocalist of the Year in 1971 and 1972, and awarded him the Entertainer of the Year accolade in 1971. Pride was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1993, and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2017, Pride received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
With four Grammy Awards, 36 No. 1 hits, four platinum albums, and 25 million albums sold, Pride is known for being the first African American country superstar. Now, the iconic musician is back, ready to entertain audiences with his soulful country flair.