Parkinson's Disease has robbed Linda Ronstadt of the ability to sing, so others are doing it for her.
Jackson Browne, David Lindley and JD Souther are among those who will perform as part of "The Bluegrass Situation Presents: A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt" on December 11 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the show will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Also taking part in the show will be Maria Muldaur, Grace Potter, Dawes, Sean and Sara Watkins and others.
In a statement announcing the show, Bluegrass Situation executive director Amy Reitnouer says, "In a time when fierce female artists rule the airwaves, and the blending and crossing of genres is now the norm, there's one woman who helped start it all. Linda Ronstadt is simply a legend, and we believe her music should be celebrated now, by the people who love and have been influenced by her most, while we can tell her directly."
Ronstadt tells us that in addition to not singing her Parkinson's has also limited her ability to travel:
"I've been ill. It's very hard for me to travel...I can't travel very easily. I have to save traveling for things I really have to do. I have to spend a certain amount of time visiting my family and I have to spend a little bit of time doing things that are professional, but I just can't travel casually. It's too hard."
Tickets for the benefit concert go on sale Wednesday (October 12) to American Express cardholders and Friday (October 14) to the general public.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.