Mention the name Ronstadt along with a reference to music in Tucson, and what comes to mind are the rich harmonies of traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs alongside creative original material that keep audiences coming back for more.
The latest link in the Ronstadt family’s musical traditions will be heard at the Arizona Senior Academy when Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses appear in concert at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 18).
Michael J. Ronstadt (brother of the renowned Linda Ronstadt) and his sons Michael G. and Petie, all multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, formed Ronstadt Generations in 2009 and released their first album, “Lulo.” Their new compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond.
In 2012, veteran musicians Alex Flores (tenor saxophone), Sam Eagon (bass), and Aaron Emery (drums) added their varied experiences and influences to form Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses, releasing the expanded band’s CD “Prelude” that year. Their forthcoming CD, “Epilogue,” includes unfinished songs from the “Prelude” recording sessions.
Tuesday’s show at the Academy will feature Ronstadt family stories, traditional songs, old Mexican chestnuts and exciting original music. New arrangements of favorites by songwriters such as Stephen Stills, Jimmie Rodgers, Paul Simon, Merle Travis and Robert Johnson may be heard as well.
Michael J. Ronstadt offers the following sentiments: “As you listen to music passed down through the generations and new compositions flavored with the rich history of our musical heritage, we hope you will be left with a desire to explore your own history of family, songs and stories, so that these treasures will continue to live on from generation to generation.”
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