Rich vocal harmonies, lush instrumentation and soulful lyrics define Tina & Her Pony. The last time the duo rode through town was November 2017 when they played a show at Taos Mesa Brewing at the …
Rich vocal harmonies, lush instrumentation and soulful lyrics define Tina & Her Pony. The last time the duo rode through town was November 2017 when they played a show at Taos Mesa Brewing at the beginning of their tour for "Champion," their newest album. Tina & Her Pony are Tina Collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar, vocals) and Quetzal Jordan (cello, guitar, vocals). Their music draws inspiration from classical music traditions, folk sensibilities and a deep love of the natural world.
Tina & Her Pony perform Sunday (July 21) at 7 p.m. at Unity of Taos, 69 Blueberry Hill Road. The show is part of the ongoing Goddess Fest music series at Unity.
I first met Collins and Jordan when they were living and writing music here in Taos. They gained a large and enthusiastic following before moving to Asheville, North Carolina, where they now reside when they aren't touring. I was, and continue to be, impressed by the depth and sincerity they bring to their music. Their songs ring with a quality of substance that is genuinely rare.
Alamosa musician Don Richmond, who owns Howlin' Dog Records and is beloved in these parts as a wickedly talented multi-instrumentalist, says this about Tina & Her Pony: "I was totally enchanted by the seemingly paradoxical combination of roots-as-old-as-the-hills sounding music, and yet fresh-as-the-day-after-tomorrow vibe and sensibility, all presented with exquisite musicianship and sensitivity."
Jordan said the duo have been engaged in "lots of songwriting" lately and "have a couple of ideas in the air" for a new record.
I asked Jordan what themes she and Collins have been exploring in their songs. She said home was one - "going back home, and never being able to go back home." Also, love, attraction and lust. And, "nature - always."
In late fall of last year, Tina & Her Pony traveled to Europe to perform in a number of countries.
"That was our first European tour ever which was tons of fun," said Collins. "We were out for three weeks and got to cover a lot of ground - Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland and England."
"It was super fun to be in Germany," Collins added. "I have a bachelor's degree in German and I lived in Germany for a year in college and haven't been back since. There were a couple of shows I did [on this tour] where I talked to the audience in German."
"Being in Germany was a huge pivotal moment for me because I started learning to play the guitar early in my college years, and started busking on the street in Heidelberg," said Collins.
Jordan said people can expect to hear music from the album "Champion" as well as newer material by Tina & Her Pony at their Taos show. She promises the audience a "really rich, sound experience."
"If anybody's looking for a rich, deep experience, our shows are good for that. They're good for community, too," said Jordan. "Our music attracts a certain kind of people - really incredible folks."
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