Tina and Her Pony
with warm smiles and honest simplicity, tina & her pony bring a unique sound to the american folk tradition, featuring original songs that echo the sound of appalachia, while creating new waves with radical, queer lyrics, uncommon instrumentation and vocals tighter than your mamas’ brazier.
tina & her pony formed in asheville, n.c. in 2009 following the chance meeting of tina collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar, vocals) and quetzal jordan (cello, guitar, vocals). collins and jordan spent the last two years holed up in the high desert mountain town of taos, new mexico, making music and friends, and becoming one of the iconic artist colony’s most beloved performing acts.
tina and her pony released their full length, self-titled debut album in march 2012. the album was mixed and mastered in oakland, calif. with myles boisen (the tigerlilies; kronos quartet) and features trumpeter chris grady (also featured on tom waits’ grammy award winning album mule variations), along with piano, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, upright bass and a bass skin drum. (now available on: itunes and amazon) in addition, the group released its six-track ep “walkin’ in my sleep” in march 2012. the sound on the ep has a playful, low-fi quality that highlights collins’ and jordan´s magnetic synergy as a standalone duo.
Born and raised on the banks of the Ohio, Tina Collins has hiked the entire chain of the Appalachian Mountains. She sings the song-stories of those hills--her songs originate in these ancient mountains. Passing through her feet and heart and out of her lips, her songwriting echos bluegrass and old-time melodies that have been sung by generations of women before her. Strong singing and the deep sound of the cello swimming under Tina’s voice, take the listener on a journey through Appalachia and into the Sangre de Cristo region of the southern Rockies that she now calls home. Tina draws the listener in with her velvety vocal magic as she sings of the low-down feeling of losing a lady’s love. Tina released her studio debut, Journey Onward, November 6th, 2009.
Quetzal started her musical experience at the age of eight on the violin and then switched to cello after two years. Mostly raised in the Tampa Bay area were she was classically trained for over ten years, she started to seek out other mediums of musical expression, and found it through her teacher Thomas Kersey, of the band “Lush Progress”. She has now gathered years of experience in improvisational cello study and performance. Not only does Quetzal play cello but also a plethora of other string instruments including: mandolin, bass, and guitar. This diverse experience with string instruments has inspired Quetzal in her technique and approach with cello improvisation, bringing her to play in ways that many have never seen or heard of. Quetzal is frequently seen playing in various musical voices ranging from percussion, to laying down a steady bass line, to funk chord progressions all the way to lucid harmonies and melodies making her well known for an eclectic style that includes: folk, rock, international, jazz, ambient, and experimental.
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