Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Jackson Browne, Maria Muldaur, JD Souther, Grace Potter & More to Salute Linda Ronstadt

by VVN Music

A number of artists will come together on December 11 in Los Angeles to pay tribute to Linda Ronstadt.

"The Bluegrass Situation Presents: A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt" will be held at the Ace Hotel and will include performances by Jackson Browne, Maria Muldaur, JD Souther, Grace Potter, Sean & Sara Watkins, Dawes, Gabby Moreno, David Lindley, Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah Jarosz with more artists yet to be named.

The show will be a benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, a disease from which Ronstadt has suffered for a number of years. For Linda, the illness has progressed far enough that she says she can no longer sing.

Maria Muldaur said in a statement, "I've known Linda Ronstadt since 1966, and in these 50 years, we've shared so much as sisters in music. It is heart-wrenching to think that this mysterious ailment known as Parkinson's disease has robbed us of her gorgeous, enthralling voice, but I'm happy to report firsthand that it has done nothing to diminish her spirit and keen mind, and I marvel, deeply touched, by the incredible grace and courage with which she faces this challenge. I'm honored to participate in this celebration of Linda's music, which will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research to speed a cure for Parkinson's disease, which can't come a moment too soon."

Sean and Sara Watkins said "Linda Ronstadt's singing is monumental. Her work with the Stone Poneys, solo records, and her many collaborations spanning four decades has proven to be especially influential. On December 11th, we, along with a diverse lineup of very special guests, will come together to celebrate her musical career and the affect her unique and powerful musicianship had and continues to have on all of us."

Ronstadt's discography includes 28 studio albums, and 63 singles. Linda's legacy is her ability to transform over a wide range of genres including country, pop, rock, standards, opera and operetta, mariachi and many more. 

Among her hits were You're No Good (1975), When Will I Be Loved (1975), Heat Wave (1975), Blue Bayou (1977), It's So Easy (1977), Ooh Baby Baby (1978), Hurt So Bad (1980), Somewhere Out There (with James Ingram, 1986) and Don't Know Much (with Aaron Neville, 1989).  All but the last two were covers of rock classics, something that Ronstadt was adept at. 

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (October 12) for American Express card holders. General sales begin Friday (October 14).