Nice Horse - "Pony Up" (Coalition): There aren't many all-female groups active in the male-dominated country music scene these days, but this new femme quartet from Calgary has a good shot at making a mark.
A label bio colourfully refers to them as "the Zac Brown Band in mini skirts; the Runaways at a hoedown; the Spice Girls on a whiskey bender. "
Nice Horse is certainly off to fast start in the music biz sweepstakes, scoring high-profile management and shows at JunoFest and Big Valley Jamboree plus opening for Tom Cochrane in just their first year. While the group is new, the four members are far from novices. They have over 10 full-length album releases between them, and Katie Marie was the original lead vocalist for alt-rockers Jakalope. This week the group was named as one of the ten finalists for the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class initiative.
Released earlier this year, their debut EP, A Little Unstable, was produced by Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Brett Kissel) and Bob Rock (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Joan Jett).
The very catchy single "Pony Up" is definitely a radio-friendly contender, co-written by the band and two ace Canadian songwriters, Emma-Lee and Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Tyler Shaw), with Dalziel contributing crisp production.
Massed vocals and a jaunty melody propel the track, while a banjo adds a touch of country authenticity. It has a real party vibe, with lines like "We dollar store queens know how to party Rollin’ with no cash Still lookin’ high class."
There's a strong team behind the project, including manager Rob Lanni (Coalition), agent Paul Biro (Sakamoto Agency) and publicist Tiffany Astle at Penelope PR.