Tina Collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar, vocals) and Quetzal Jordan (cello, guitar, vocals) met in Ashville, North Carolina in 2009 and brought an incredible new sound to the world of American folk when they formed “Tina & Her Pony”. These new songs echo bluegrass and old-time melodies that have been sung by generations before them, while creating their own waves with radical queer lyrics; intricate, thoughtful melodies and songwriting; and unique instrumentation. They comfortably switch between, TENOR BANJO, TENOR UKULELE and GUITAR as strong vocal HARMONIES and the foot stomping rumble of CELLO take the listener on a haunting journey through the smoking forests of Appalachia. They draw inspiration from such artists as Gillian Welch, Johnny Cash and The Carter Family, as well as the lush rivers and mountains that surround them.
Whether they are performing nationally at herbalism conferences or sitting in a café, they undoubtedly stick out in a crowd with their infectious smiles and honest, open stories of simplicity. “I want my music to give that feeling…that is bittersweet, gorgeous and enlivening, like when you are sitting in an aspen grove in the fall, and you’re watching the leaves tremor in a cold sky.”-Quetzal Jordan.
Tina & Her Pony have become a home favorite in Taos,NM the last two years, where they have spent their time making there two albums “Walkin’ in my sleep”EP 2012 and full-length “Tina and Her Pony” 2012, featuring trumpeter Chris Grady (known for his participation in Tom Waits’ album Mule Variations, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album), along with piano, dobro, lap Steel, Mandolin, upright bass and a bass skin drum. (Now available on: itunes and Amazon)
The entire process has been over a year long, going back and forth from Taos, NM to Alamosa, CO to record with Don Richmond, then flying to Oakland, CA to mix and master with Myles Boisen (engineer on “The Gorey End” CD by The Tigerlilies and Kronos Quartet (EMI Classics), nominated for a Grammy 2004). “I loved working with these girls! So much talent! The album sounds great, It’s smooth and luscious. I can wait to see where they end up in the next couple years!”-Myles Boisen
With two albums finished, Tina & Her Pony are on the road, touring everywhere east of the Mississippi and then some from May 11th 2012 to May 2013, touring as a duo. You can look to see where they are going at www.tinaandherpony.com/tour.php.