Women Who Made History Concert Series presents
Love is a Rose: Celebrating the Music of Linda Ronstadt
Sunday, August 13, 2017. 7pm
Even if you didn’t grow up in the late 1960s and into the 1970’s and 80’s, the sound of the voice of Linda Ronstadt has been a familiar one for generations. For local musicians and vocalists Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz, who grew up idolizing her music, it was a clarion call to put together a show featuring some of her best works, when news broke in 2013 that Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Love is a Rose, Celebrating the music of Torch Singer; Linda Ronstadt will take place on Sunday, August 13th. Doors are 6:30p and show starts at 7pm.
Many of the headlines read something like “Robbed of her singing voice” or Parkinson’s takes Ronstadt’s voice!” But the series of TV interviews that follow reveal a calm, articulate, candid woman taking in stride that her life has changed. Accolades and awards are clearly not why this “most successful female singer of the 1970’s” was drawn to share her voice. So too, she steers clear of eliciting pity in these interviews, as she simply shares her most memorable touring stories and paints a picture of what it was like to be a chart dominating female recording artist, at a time when male bands and male solo artists ruled the airways and stages even more than they do today.
It’s fitting then, that these WNC torch singers, close friends and collaborators, decided to produce 2 sets of Ronstadt greatest hits and B-sides. They’ll be backed by some the area’s most proficient instrumentalists: Grant Cuthbertson on upright and electric bass, James Kylen on drums, Bob Bencze on keys and vocals and James Vandenberg on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals.
Hanke’s interpretation of cover music has been a force to be reckoned with for 3 decades. Her original CD release, The Only Voice explores other facets of her extraordinary & diverse vocal abilities. It reflects her journey and influences and is “remarkably eclectic and deeply heartfelt.” She’s been a lead and ensemble singer for Top 40 bands, performed on cruise ships and was a finalist on Star Search. Since moving to Asheville, she’s worked with NPR’s B.J. Leiderman, guitarists Tony Godwin and Al Schlimm, pianist/composer Daniel Barber. She and saxophonist Frank Southecorvo played sold out shows featuring the music and collaboration of Billie Holiday and Lester Young. You can find her any Sunday, leading the congregation in song, at Jubilee Community Church on Wall Street.
Peggy “Blues Chanteuse” Ratusz, is a fixture in the Asheville Jazz and Blues music scene since relocating here from Austin, Texas in 2001. She and her Daddy LongLegs electric Blues band have either won or placed in WNC Best of Readers poll for 10 years running. Last year, 2016, Ratusz won in 3 categories: Best in Blues, Best Vocalist and Musician Who Gives Back. Ronstadt’s “Don’t Cry Now” was one of the first albums she bought with her own money. Vocal coach and feature writer for WNC Woman Magazine’s Women Making Music monthly music column are the other hats she wears when she’s not belting out the Blues on stage.
It’s a match made in heaven. You will hear a myriad of Linda Ronstadt signature songs such as Blue Bayou, Desperado, It’s So Easy, That’ll Be the Day, Different Drum, You’re No Good, Lose Again… and many more!
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