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.”
It should be underscored that all four members had been friends with their own individual projects prior to forming Nice Horse—Brandi and drummer Krista had a duo while they both earned Master’s degrees in Music, guitarist Kaley had put out a solo album, and banjoist Katie had fronted the alt-rock band Jakalope on top of her solo career. But once their collective chemistry ignited, they all immediately recognized the unlimited potential. In short order, Nice Horse assembled their team—The Sakamoto Agency (bookings) and Coalition Music (management/label)—which led to showcase performances at the CCMAs, JUNOfest, Big Valley Jamboree and opening for the Kentucky Headhunters, among others. They’ve also been named finalists in Alberta’s prestigious Project Wild as well as the Storyhive video competition.