Linda Ronstadt effortlessly flowed through the great American songbook in her decades-long career. She won an astonishing 11 Grammy Awards, along with a few CMA Awards.
For as much as she conquered different genres, Ronstadt always felt particularly home in country music. And this past weekend, several artists gathered to honor the country side of Ronstadt.
At the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Brandy Clark and J.D. Souther teamed up for a particularly memorable performance of “Crazy Arms.”
“Crazy Arms” was Ray Price’s first No. 1 hit. But it also had a special place in Ronstadt’s catalog. She covered it on her third album, 1972’s Linda Ronstadt. That record, ironically, failed commercially. But it also led to Ronstadt making some major career moves that helped cement her status as a music icon.
Clark is one of country music’s best writers today, and you don’t have to squint too hard to hear the resemblance between the two. Meanwhile, J.D. Souther gave us some of the biggest hits of the 70s and beyond. He wrote tunes like “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid In Town” alongside the Eagles. Not to mention plenty of tunes for Ronstadt.