Nice Horse (contributed photo by Heather Pollock).

Country powerhouse of western women will raise the roof Saturday at Westerner Days

Nice Horse, Madeline Merlo to perform at Centrium

Pony up to the Centrium stage Saturday during Westerner Days and you’ll have some rollicking country music moments with Nice Horse and Madeline Merlo.

Nice Horse, the all-female quartet known for the tongue-in-cheek hit Mansplainin,’ will be hitting the stage for a high-energy 8 p.m. concert with Merlo that’s free with gate admission to the fair.

The country-rock band Nice Horse has two Central Alberta connections: Airdrie native Katie Rox attended Red Deer College and Brandi Sidoryk grew up in Rocky Mountain House.

The two have partnered with Tara McLeod and Krista Wodelet to create catchy tunes in a Calgary jam space.

Their upbeat songs are making waves: In 2018, Nice Horse was nominated for a CCMA Award for interactive artist or group of the year.

The previous year, Nice Horse placed second in the Project Wild competition hosted by Calgary radio station Wild 95.3.

The band also released their first EP, A Little Unstable, and a debut album, There Goes the Neighbourhood — which featured hits Mansplainin’ and Pony Up.

The four musicians have since shared stages with Jess Moskaluke, Gord Bamford, Aaron Goodvin and Washboard Union. Nice Horse has been nominated for two Alberta Country Music Awards.

And the group has played large festivals, including the Calgary Stampede, Boots & Hearts, Dauphin Countryfest and the Big Valley Jamboree.

The women are thrilled to be performing for a (virtually) hometown crowd at Westerner Days.

“I love Westerner Days,” Rox has stated. “And Brandi grew up in Rocky, so for her, Westerner Days was a really big thing.”

Merlo from Maple Ridge, B.C., is a singer-songwriter who received the 2015 Rising Star award from the Canadian Country Music Association.

Signed to Open Road Recordings, she released her debut album, Free Soul, in 2016.

Her debut single, Sinking Like a Stone, charted for 20 weeks on the Billboard Canada Country chart.

Her follow-up tune, Honey Jack, became a national hit, landing her the opening slot on the Road Trip Tour alongside Dean Brody and Paul Brandt.

Merlo starred in the feature film Country Crush and also did the singing voice of Sonata Dusk in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks.

Merlo, a B.C. CMA female vocalist of the year, has released the subsequent top-15 hits, Whatcha Wanna Do About It, War Paint, Over and Over, Motel Flamingo and Neon Love.

Doors for the 8 p.m. show open at 7 p.m.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Vikings Days a celebration of Danish immigration, culture

The Danish Canadian Museum near Dickson held its annual Viking Days celebration… Continue reading

Red Deer would be the site of potential TV show

A potential TV show aims to bring Red Deer kids across the… Continue reading

Oilsands firms considering diluent recovery units to boost crude-by-rail volumes

CALGARY — Ongoing pipeline project delays and growth in crude-by-rail capacity from… Continue reading

WATCH: ‘Lots to see and do’ at Pioneer Days in Red Deer

Sunnybrook Farm Museum is celebrating its 24th annual Pioneer Days this weekend.… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Thursday The Red Deer and District Garden Club hosts its annual Flower… Continue reading

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

OTTAWA — The United Kingdom is shirking its share of the international… Continue reading

Federal and provincial leaders to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

MONTREAL — A number of federal and provincial leaders are expected in… Continue reading

Regina woman suing after tip of son’s penis cut off in circumcision

REGINA — A Regina mother has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence after… Continue reading

Maxime Bernier tells party faithful he will make it into the leaders’ debates

OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier argued that not inviting him to take part… Continue reading

Alberta suspects lead Mounties on chase before their capture in Camrose

CAMROSE, Alta. — Mounties from the Wetaskiwin, Alta., detachment had their hands… Continue reading

Man dies in hospital after aggravated assault in Winnipeg, police say

Winnipeg police say a man is dead after he was allegedly assaulted… Continue reading

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

MONTREAL — More than seven years after Raif Badawi was thrown in… Continue reading

Most Read