Piano Jazz: Linda Ronstadt
The popular singer traces the story of her life and career from her Arizona upbringing in a musical family and her rise to stardom in Southern California to her role in shaping 1970s sounds and her collaborations with fellow artists.
Notable Music by Linda Ronstadt:
Trio II: One of my absolute favorite albums! If you want to listen to some stellar acoustic & vocal performances, this is the album. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris combine for their second album alternating lead vocal duties and harmony. They are backed by a crack band which provided the music for O Brother Where Art Thou. The album won a Grammy Award for their cover of Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush.”
Canciones De Mi Padre - Linda pays homage to her roots in this ranchera album. Linda is backed by Mariachi Vargas on this wonderful cd. The album demonstrates that she is one of few artists who cannot be categorized and that she has a unique ability record in multiple genres.
Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind - Contemporary Pop album featuring the mega commercial hit duet “Don’t Know Much” with Aaron Neville. This album begins with strong songwriting aided by lush orchestration and that voice. Among my favorites is “Adios” which was produced by Brian Wilson.
For Sentimental Reasons - No Linda Ronstadt list would be complete without including at least one of the collaborations with Nelson Riddle. Linda defied record labels, agents and critics to record “standards” during a time in which that was something pop/rock singers just didn’t do. For Sentimental Reasons proves that the third time was the charm as it is their best collaboration and includes “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “‘Round Midnight.”Share
All Things Considered: The Legend Behind ‘Honkey Tonk Blues’
Country star Waylon Jennings meets a little known songwriter missing a couple of fingers named Billy Joe Shaver and makes him what was quite possibly a drunken promise, that he would record an entire album of Shaver’s songs. When Shaver turned up in Nashville to collect, Jennings allegedly offered $100 to get lost and Shaver promptly offered to kick his butt.
Instead, the two made an album that would become a cornerstone of the outlaw country movement.Share
Weekend Edition: The Beatles’ Defining Moment (Hint: It’s Not ‘Sgt. Pepper’)
In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. On Air: Live at the BBC presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation. Thrilled to hear these exciting recordings again, Paul McCartney said, “There’s a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes.”
On Air also features BBC recordings of 30 well-loved songs from The Beatles’ catalogue, including five number ones and other favorites such as “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Twist And Shout,” “Do You Want To Know A Secret,” “Boys,” “Please Mister Postman,” “Money,” “And I Love Her” and “If I Fell.”
Stereo Box Set by The Beatles - Past Masters (2LP) The Beatles’ acclaimed original studio album remasters, released on CD in 2009, make their long-awaited stereo vinyl debut.Share
World Cafe: John Mayer On World Cafe
Weekend Edition: John Mayer on Getting his Voice Back
All Things Considered: John Mayer: Restoring An Image, And An Instrument
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician John Mayer returns with his new album Paradise Valley, which he produced with longtime collaborator Don Was. The first single is the track Paper Doll. This album coincides with John’s first US tour in three years, which will hit 40 cities from July 6th through early October.Share
Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them!
The original classic is combined with the three sequels in this wonderful collection which will become a mainstay of your holiday gatherings.Share