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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Linda Ronstadt Fused Country Roots and 70s Rock

In the late ’60s and ’70s, folk and classic rock music began incorporating more country rhythms and themes. Bands like the Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival built their reputations on rock ‘n’ roll that often ventured into the hushed melodies and shuffled percussion common to country music. It was a time of blurred genres and open-ended rhythmic possibilities—bands weren’t consigned to a single approach, which led many to experiment with sounds. It was also around this time that pop music began its clear march to the heart of country music, with some mainstream artists looking toward a more pastoral production in their work.
There were a few artists, however, who found a truly sublime success in the meeting of various sounds, delivering song after song of emotional constriction and release. Linda Ronstadt, a country singer whose work delicately balances between the pop world and its twangy cousin, is one of the musicians who saw the boundless opportunities inherent in this confluence of sounds. She was always looking for how aesthetics could mesh and entangle themselves, leading to her collaborations with such musicians as Philip Glass, Frank Zappa, Neil Young and Warren Zevon, among a handful of others.
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