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The best kept secret in music


"Best New Artist Nomination"

With Soviet Space receding in his rearview mirror, Jordan Richardson has his eye firmly on the present with Horses, the side project that's become his main venture (although he still drums with Austin's Oliver Future). Originally an outlet for Richardson's singing, songwriting, and guitar playing, Horses -- whose lineup also includes former Spacemen Cliff Wright and Jim Keith -- released a solid debut e.p., Surviving the Tradeshow, one of 2003's best local releases. Their sound covers a lot of bases, from perfect pop ("Impressed," "Keep You Close") to jazzy rock ("Heaven in Seven Steps," "The Moves"). On stage, their jazzbo tendencies become even more evident, with lengthy improv sections, tasty trumpet solos by Daniel Hardaway or Zack Heffley (depending on who's available that night), and a set-climaxing "drum battle" between Richardson and astonishing teenager Cooper Heffley. Their upcoming tour with reggae purveyors Darth Vato should turn lots of Left Coasters into fans of Fort Worth music. -- K.S. - Fort Worth Weekly


EP - Surviving the Tradeshow (August 03)

First full-length album due out in May.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Jordan Richardson has spent his entire life playing drums. From years of playing Dallas area clubs with the pop/punk band Soviet Space to touring Europe with a jazz ensemble, Richardson has established himself as one of North Texas’ premier drummers. But in early 2003, Richardson decided to try his hand at something different: guitar.

With his Gibson in hand, Richardson began practicing and writing. Almost immediately, Richardson put together a small group of song ideas different from anything he had previously written. With the help of Soviet Space band mates Cliff Wright (bass) and Jim Keith (Rhodes), Richardson’s ideas were quickly transformed into songs that reflected the songwriting influence of modern bands like Wilco and Ryan Adams and the musical influence of 80s favorites like Stevie Wonder and Hall and Oates. The trio quickly added teen jazz drummer Cooper Heffley and trumpeter Daniel Hardaway and began rehearsing and writing new songs. Just over a month later, Horses played their first show and began work on the debut EP.

In November 2003, Horses released “Surviving the Tradeshow” and began playing live shows throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since November, Horses has been splitting its time between playing shows in Dallas and Fort Worth writing new material in anticipation of recording a full-length album in the summer of 2004.

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