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Lullabies & Cautionary Tales

by E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier

A Western Gothic noir rodeo of Americana, Roots, Alt Country and old school Rock n Roll. E Christina Herr's crystal clear alto voice with tremolo vibrato richly contrast the soul of an Gibson J200 and the dangerous twang of a vintage Telecaster.
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1. How To Fall
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2. One Road
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3. Whiskey Flats
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4. In Memory
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5. Going Back
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6. Devil Wind
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7. Showdown
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8. Ballad of Clara Mae
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9. Only Believers
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10. Sidewinder
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11. Waiting
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12. Doggone Lonesome
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Album Notes
With a sound blending Roots, Americana, Alt Country & Old School Rock n' Roll, she calls Western Gothic, E. Christina Herr’s songs are a weather report drifting between the romance and tragedy of the past and the sometimes stark reality of the present.
Lullabies & Cautionary Tales opens with the western gothic
“How To Fall” , a compassionate ode to a troubled friend...
Followed by “One Road”, a melodic journey that takes a turn off the paved road into the desert and wanders down to the end of the sky.
“Whiskey Flats” a song of lost love and learning what it means to feel truly alone.
“In Memory” is an upbeat homage to 60’s rock songs.
The old time cowboy country waltz “Going Back” reminisces about a once home town now a ghost town.
“Devil Wind” comes in like a lion and goes out the same way.
“Showdown” sings of stolen love and the cost of betrayal.
The hard driving intense cadence and eerie background vocals of “The Ballad of Clara Mae”, ponder the idea of “what is a backyard and who's is it anyway"?
“Only Believers” with it’s Latin flavor evokes a sleepy southwestern town where Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett would have swapped shots of whiskey as they decided each others fate.
“Sidewinder” whips across the sand leaving a trail of questions about lies and truth.
The images in the song “Waiting” slide by the window view of a slow moving train crossing the American landscape.
The album ends with the rockabilly anthem “Doggone Lonesome” an upbeat shuffle in tribute to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson and all Christina’s early musical inspirational heroes and heroines.

Christina’s crystal clear alto voice and unique tremolo vibrato richly contrasts
with the electric twang of a vintage Fender Telecaster and the acoustic soul of a weathered Gibson J200. Combined with a tight, sparse rhythm section moving from cowboy waltzes to dance shuffles to hard driving road songs she paints a musical landscape that is as much felt as it is heard.

She has been compared to the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Chrissie Hynde.
The band, Wild Frontier, reflects influences from Neil Young, Crazy Horse to Don Rich, of Buck Owens band, to the Spaghetti Western soundtracks of Ennio Morricone.

Christina & Wild Frontier make their homes in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico.

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Charlotte Jusinski

Santa Fe Reporter, Music SFR Picks
Listen to Lullabies & Cautionary Tales, the latest release from Albuquerque band E Christina Herr and Wild Frontier, and at times it’s easy to think Joni Mitchell’s long-lost but equally talented sister has suddenly found herself backed by a haunting Western band. Herr has been playing professionally since 1989, but her familial musical roots trace back to the 1920s when her grandfather was in a Dixieland jazz band in Virginia. Her career stems from varied influences, including childhood excursions with her friend Linda Ronstadt to Los Angeles night clubs and alt.country venues in the ’80s. The band’s current Southwestern home influences its dry Western style. While the musicianship behind Herr’s clear voice is solid and steady, the tremulous soprano rings in over the players as an almost eerie reminder that these songs are not merely lullabies; they are cautionary tales about life in America, about what it is to exist in the West under vast skies and about the way experiences can follow you like a long shadow cast on sagebrush.
--- Charlotte Jusinski, Santa Fe Reporter, July 16, 2009

Rick Huff

Best of the West
Lullabies & Cautionary Tales
E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier
On the outer perimeter of the Western Music herd ride some ghostly figures.
E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier are quite used to being out there. It's been their home ever since they appeared at the very first Western Music Association Festival in Tucson (1989)!
They're still at it with a mix of acoustic and sort of an Ennio Morricone-tinged rock. Threaded through it are their Western lyric themes in songs like "Whiskey Flats," "Showdown," "Devil Wind" and "Ballad Of Clara Mae."
Vocally Herr isn't your Western "norm" either. She brings an intriguing feel of certain 60s vocalists like Sandie Shaw and Lulu to the party. Folks with the widest acceptance and a varied music background will likely appreciate it.
This group's output rides easiest among the outlaw Western of players like Cowboy Nation or Bone Orchard. They do what they do well and with deliberate artistic vision, and it's all but guaranteed to make the more conservative element among us blanch at the thought of the adventure. But exactly when were we ever "cutting-edge??" 2009, Rick Huff ~ Best of the West

Vivian Nesbitt

Creator & Producer of "Art of the Song Creativity Radio"
A fine blend of Alt Country, good western and a little bit of punk to keep it edgy, E Christina Herr and Wild Frontier’s new release
Lullabies and Cautionary Tales makes for great listening.
The songwriting is first rate highlighted by Herr’s excellent vocals and Martin Rowell’s fine textural guitar playing. The arrangements are tight and fun. The band is aptly named “Wild Frontier” as of the new west and the heart of a courageous woman is depicted in cinematic detail on this cool CD.

Emily Dranbanski

New Mexico Magazine ~ Bringing It Home
E. Christina Herr was told by her mother that her melodies are as soothing as lullabies. Her words, however, often convey stories of life’s sometimes treacherous twists and turns, and thus she titled her first New Mexico album Lullabies & Cautionary Tales. So don’t listen to this CD at bedtime—the lyrics are often haunting. Besides, you’ll find your toes tappin’ hard enough that you might hop out of bed to dance.
Folks who like the vocal style of the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and the gritty lyrics of Lucinda Williams will enjoy this disc, which Herr describes as Western Gothic. She uses her alto voice to sing words with crystal-clear enunciation, and can handily sustain notes with a pleasing vibrato.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Herr moved as a youngster to California. Besides growing up in a musical family, she had the good fortune of having Linda Ronstadt as a neighbor. Ronstadt served as Herr’s mentor, taking her to many musical performances.
Herr went on to perform in many California bands, and was involved in the alt-country scene there before moving to New Mexico five years ago. “I had visited this place for 20 years and I feel so at home here,” she says, adding that New Mexico has helped her hone her songwriting skills and has brought her much happiness.
“A lot of people talk about the dangers of Craigslist.com,” she says, “but I put an ad out looking for musicians and ended up with a great partner”—referring to Martin Rowell, who plays acoustic and electric guitars. Rowell hails from Louisiana, and has become Herr’s life partner as well as her bandmate. The two form the core of her band, Wild Frontier, which has featured a variety of players over the past few years.
On Lullabies & Cautionary Tales Herr plays acoustic guitar, a vintage bass guitar, and tambourine, and also brought in two young Albuquerque musicians who regularly perform with the popular blues guitarist Ryan McGarvey, as well as with their own group, Grand Canyon. The pair, Samuel Beath Miller (bass) and August Hunter Johnson (drums, percussion, congas), add much energy to Herr’s album. Jim Mooney plays the lilting mandolin.
“One Road,” “Whiskey Flats,” and “Going Back” demonstrate Herr’s ease in composing country melodies. “One Road,” a great two-stepper, captures the feeling of taking one’s chances along the various paths chosen in life, in the blind faith that they will lead to the heart’s desire. Herr asks, “Will I wander forever? Will I find my way? / Will there be a garden at the end of my traveling day?” Once a designer of gardens, Herr finds the garden a great symbol for contentment and peace amid life’s chaos.
Anyone who has spent a spring in the Land of Enchantment can probably relate to “Devil Wind.” Herr, an avid cyclist, said the lyrics came to her while she was riding in a windstorm. In the song’s background, you can hear windy, atmospheric sounds. The musical accompaniment is often unsettling, with psychedelic electric-guitar riffs and what sound like voodoo rhythms. In the refrain, Herr sings, “Devil wind makes me crazy / Makes me hot, makes me cold / Devil wind rubs up against me / Makes me mad, makes me old.”
Herr rocks out on several tracks here. The playful classic-rock sound of “In Memory” contrasts well with the pensive lyrics, in which Herr reflects on a painful relationship. In the chorus, she laments, “Some people want to know / Was it worth the cost? / Some people want to know.” The album ends with a raucous rockabilly song, “Doggone Lonesome.”
--- Emily Drabanski – New Mexico Magazine, March 2010