Trick Pony will be on hand today (Aug. 16) as President George W. Bush makes a campaign stop Traverse City, Mich. The band will perform for supporters of the incumbent Republican candidate immediately

Trick Pony will be on hand today (Aug. 16) as President George W. Bush makes a campaign stop Traverse City, Mich. The band will perform for supporters of the incumbent Republican candidate immediately before Bush addresses the crowd.

"We are all very excited to perform for the President and to participate in this important rally," guitarist Keith Burns says. "We are all longtime Bush supporters and we can't wait to meet him."

The band -- which is rounded out by singer/guitarist/harmonica player Heidi Newfield and bassist Ira Dean -- was invited by the campaign to appear at the outdoor event at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, slated to begin at 2: 30 p.m. CT.

The small northern Michigan town last saw a presidential visit when Gerald Ford rode in the National Cherry Festival parade in 1975.

Trick Pony is out on the road in advance of a new album, "R.I.D.E.," due Oct. 26 via Curb Records. First single "The Bride" is No. 34 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The video for the cut stars John Schnieder ("Dukes of Hazzard," "Smallville") and boasts a cameo by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

The group will play Lac Du Flambeau, Wis., on Thursday and currently has tour dates scheduled into late October.