Spring '07 found Reina on the road heading south from Portland, Oregon with a map, a tape recorder and a notepad. Her gut told her that a 10,000 mile cross country solo road trip would inspire the stories and experiences -- necessary ingredients -- to shake out a batch of new songs.
This CD takes Reina in more of a roots rock/AAA radio friendly direction. Her six originals were written on this trip. Fellow Portland singer/songwriters Rob Barteletti and Paula Sinclair each contributed one tune. The covers she chose are songs written by Joni Mitchell, Richard Thompson, James McMurtry and Karl Wallinger (World Party).
With producer/engineer Rob Stroup of 8 Ball Studio and a slew of high caliber Portland musicians this cd deserves to be among your favorites of ’08!
Roots rockin’ songstress Reina G. Collins has sung for her supper for the past twenty years. She spent her first thirty years in sunny, salty Florida. Born in Miami. Grew up in central Florida. Lived most of the 80’s in St. Petersburg. She played in pop rock band Multi Color House and then changed direction toward jazz and Brazilian music with pianist composer Kamau Kenyatta.
She crisscrossed the continent a couple times on solo road trips. Landed in San Diego and then up to Los Angeles in the early 90’s. She got to know the Rocky Mountain region while touring for a year with a shit kickin’ country rock band led by guitar-man-with-a-heart-of-gold, Billy Farmer.
Reina’s rambling led her to Teton Valley, Idaho -- her home from 1996-2005. There she established Driggs’ first retail music shop, Big Hole Music and was fortunate to become part of a community of fine musicians and artists, first rate partiers and dedicated outdoor enthusiasts. Those years were spent playing music with notables such as Greg Creamer, Jeff Newsom, Ben Winship, Ted Wells, David Bundy, Marshall Davis, Jerry Linn, Michael Hurwitz ....
In 2003 singer songwriter mandolinist Ben Winship assisted Reina in making her roots folk cd Kitchen Sink. Check out Ben’s site sometime at www.benwinship.com.
Following her fall 2005 relocation to Portland Reina had the good fortune to cross paths with songwriter Rob Barteletti. With producer guitarist Terry Robb, they joined forces to record Even If I Fall at Dennis Carter's Falcon Studios. Tony Furtado, Terry Robb and other Portland players provide first class musicianship on this collection of witty, poignant, dark, and yes, even catchy roots country tunes.
You may have just recently learned about Reina but for two decades she’s been playing honky tonks, bike rallies, five star restaurants, ski resorts, casinos, weddings, community fundraisers, music festivals and any local bar that’ll have her!
These days she's playing with guitarist and singer/songwriter Hal Gerard -- you can catch them playing in the Portland area as well as on the road in 2008. Please visit www.myspace.com/reinagcollins or www.reinagcollins.com for calendar information and to contact Reina.