Sometimes you just like you a band or artist because they fit in with your preferences. Sometimes because they remind you of someone else you dig. Or maybe for reasons that aren’t even related to music. Sometimes – especially if they don’t necessarily fit your mould – you can’t quite put your finger on it.
Linda Ronstadt was always one of those last cases for me. I mean, very talented, but not terribly original, and maybe a tad on the commercial side. I mean, she was certainly not Led Zeppelin. So I couldn’t figure out what it was I liked so much.
But I think I finally have: she was so great because she was the whole American thing: country, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues - oh, and a little gospel. Punk too. She could deliver in each style with unassailable conviction – sometimes mixing in more than one of ‘em in the same song.
And then for good measure she went and got Peter Asher, friend and protégé of The Beatles, to be her producer. Pretty hard to miss with all that jammed into a record.