Nice Horse Photo: Matt Barnes
Nice Horse Photo: Matt Barnes

Five Questions With… Nice Horse

Nice Horse is what happens when four badass women get together to raise a little hell—and play a little music at the same time. Alberta natives Kaley, Katie, Brandi, and Krista are out to turn the tables on the country music world and show the guys that they can rock—and party—just as hard.

Sure, there are plenty of strong female country artists in Daisy Dukes out there, but try to name another self-contained unit that plays their own instruments and writes songs as potent as “Jim, Jack, Johnnie & Jose,” the new feminist anthem “Mansplainin’” and the band’s current roof-raising single “Pony Up.”

There’s plenty more proof on Nice Horse’s upcoming full-length debut album, There Goes The Neighborhood, on which the quartet pools its abilities with explosive results. Hot on the heels of the group’s EP, A Little Unstable, Nice Horse once again worked with producer Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Brett Kissel), along with the legendary Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue) on a couple of tracks. The growing buzz surrounding Nice Horse led them to be named a CMT Fresh Face Feature Artist, accompanied by a world premiere of the video for “Pony Up.”

The genuine bond the ladies share comes across even stronger in the video, which also showcases their high-energy live show. Having just appeared for the first time at the Boots And Hearts Festival, they’re set to hit the road across Canada again in the not too distant future upon the release of There Goes The Neighborhood. You can keep up with their progress here 

Who made the first move to form the band? 

Katie: That was Brandi! She booked a condo in Waikiki that conveniently slept four.

Brandi: Guilty! I asked those girls on a songwriting trip to Hawaii with me and I may or may not have had the ulterior motive of starting a country band. My plan worked.

With four singer/songwriters in the group, how does the writing process work?

Kaley: Divide and conquer! But sometimes we write together.

Krista: Often we’ll divide up two and two going into writing sessions. We get twice as much done that way.

How conscious are you of challenging stereotypes within country music?

Brandi: We’re not just trying to challenge stereotypes in country music, it’s all music that we want to test.

Krista: It’s a very male dominated industry and the fact that we are a self-contained all-girl band that plays all their instruments is rarer than we would like it to be.

Katie: You wouldn’t believe how many shows we go to play and people assume we are not the band.

Kaley: We didn’t start this band with the idea of challenging stereotypes, but it’s been the result of being four strong independent women playing music together, and we’re proud of that.

What are your fondest musical memories as you were growing up?

Kaley: Going to see Buddy Guy with my dad at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. Buddy was jumping through the crowd on all the seats—I wanted to steal his moves.

Katie: Going to musicals with my mom.

Krista: My mom always took me to Saturday Morning at the Symphony as a kid. I got hooked on orchestral music first.

Brandi: My very first concert was with Michelle Wright, and my uncle promoted the show, so I got to meet her backstage, and I was so nervous I barely said a word!

What do you recall about your first time performing in public?

Katie: At my first recital I stood in front of everyone to sing and became so nervous I started to cry and ran to my mom. At the end of the concert, I got up and tried again. I got a Trooper award from my singing teacher!

Brandi: I sang a Michael Jackson song on public television in Lloydminster. The best part was the dress I wore—it was all flowers with huge shoulder pads. I thought I was so cool but looked like I was eight going on 80.

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