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
Weekend Edition: Sleigh Bells: Something To Shout About
2013 release, the third album from the Alt-Rock/Noise Pop duo Sleigh Bells featuring Alexis Krauss (vocals) and Derek Miller (guitar). Miller was a guitarist in the Hardcore band Poison the Well. Alexis Krauss performed in the teen pop group RubyBlue. With backgrounds that seemed like polar opposites, Sleigh Bells have managed to find the middle ground and serve up a sound that is both sweet and sour.Share
All Things Considered: Levon Helm, Drummer And Singer In The Band, Dies
Fresh Air: Levon Helm: The 2007 Fresh Air Interview
World Cafe: World Cafe Remembers Levon Helm
Mountain Stage: The Band On Mountain Stage
Director Jacob Hatley’s intimate documentary finds rock and roll legend Levon Helm (The Band) at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight.Share
All Things Considered: Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From ‘In Utero’
Here & Now: Remembering Nirvana’s Final Album
To say that Nirvana’s third and ultimately final studio album In Utero was 1993’s most polarizing record would be the understatement of a decade. The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini’s recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock ‘n’ roll to the top of the pop charts, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public. So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of ‘Serve The Servants’ through the bittersweet closing strains of ‘All Apologies,’ In Utero was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted rock ‘n’ roll band of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they’d never seen coming-and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. As Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said in his review at the time, ‘In Utero is a lot of things-brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it’s a triumph of the will.’
This 20th Anniversary 2CD Deluxe Edition of the unwitting swansong of the single most influential band of the 1990s features the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios plus a veritable treasure trove of never-before-heard demos, mixes, B-sides and bonus tracks from the original album release.Share
Morning Edition: Kings Of Leon: Back With The ‘Comeback Story Of A Lifetime’
Kings of Leon are fresh off three acclaimed headlining performances at American festivals, Bottle Rock in Napa, CA, Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL, and, most recently, this past weekend’s Governor’s Ball in New York City, during which the festival cancelled the band’s Friday night performance due to Tropical Storm Andrea. The band, upset over the cancellation, worked through the night with festival organizers and management to figure out a way to come back on Saturday. The festival found a place for them on the main stage right before the Saturday headliner, during which the fans were treated to the live premiere of Mechanical Bull’s first single, “Supersoaker.”Share