From E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier
E. Christina Herr realized at an early age that music is not just a sound coming out of the radio. After all, her grandfather was a professional Jazz musician, her mother played piano and she grew up next door to Linda Ronstadt.
It was Ronstadt’s guitar player, Shep Cooke, who gave Christina her first guitar and taught her to play “Wildwood Flower” in her Ocean Park, California home.
She started writing poetry and songs at 13. Her mother said the songs sounded like lullabies. Christina began creating music mostly for herself behind closed doors for many years.
After drifting around the country she landed back in Los Angeles just as Punk Rock was becoming the rage. Christina found herself caught up in that electrifying whirl of creativity, soon leaving the halls of thrash for the vibrant Rockabilly scene.
She formed the band Jumpin’ Bones with Randy Weeks on lead guitar. The group became a fixture at venues like Club Lingerie and Cathay de Grande on the Sunset Strip, even opening occasionally for Rose Maddox.
Soon Christina was asked to join the Comstock Jug Band with Smokey Hormel on drums. They called their music “Jug Rock”, a mix of Bluegrass and Rockabilly with a Hee-Haw attitude. The band was, to say the least, controversial but ahead of its time.
She took on a side project, Days of Glory, to delve deeper into alt Country and Bluegrass. It was Americana music before there was a name for the genre. While Guns & Roses was climbing the charts, Days of Glory was turning Ralph Stanley songs into electric twang.
During this time she shared stages withLucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakum, Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller at clubs around South California including the infamous Palomino.
Christina continued searching for her songwriting voice. At a trip to the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, her music took a dramatic turn. The honesty she found in the weatherworn poets and working ranch cowboys changed Christina’s vision of what she wanted to portray in her art.
She soon began spending a lot of time in the Mojave Desert where she found the refreshing isolation an inspiration for honest writing. Days and nights shared with friends cooking, eating, drinking and, of course, singing and writing.
In between her Elko trips and desert sojourns she met Daniel Pretends Eagle. They started Ghost Ranch, a band combining Rock, Country…even Spaghetti Western…with the grit and solace of the western landscape.
A week visiting friends in Taos started an obsession with New Mexico. Christina built an alter from souvenirs to keep her focused on the goal of moving there.Eventually a job offer gave her the opportunity to live in the Land of Enchantment.
Months of staring at the walls in Albuquerque led Christina to post a fateful CraigsList ad. Martin Rowell showed up at her door carrying a beat up Telecaster. Christina had found someone who truly understood and resonated with her music.
The couple put together the band Wild Frontier, a sonic rodeo of original Americana, Alt Country Twang, old school Rock ‘n Roll and Spaghetti Western.
E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier evokes a compelling musical weather report from the West and Southwest of yesterday and today.
The songs on their latest album, "Americana Motel", range from old school cowboy waltzes and two-steps, Western Soul and Americana to Punk.
Lyrics reflect worn down 21st century cowboys, longed for road signs, burning embers, running from the law and a tribute to a tragic poet songwriter…all flavored with an original sound the band calls Western Gothic.
Christina currently lives next to the Petroglyphs National Monument, writing and performing with some of the most incredible musicians she’s ever worked.