Fri Apr 14
158 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Karen Hudson River Band tributes Linda Ronstadt's Living in the USA, cover-to-cover.
Linda Ronstadt is a ferocious, feminine force of vocal prowess and one of the best singers of the twentieth century. Ronstadt has inspired young women across the nation to become Rock ‘n Roll singers, especially Americana singer songwriter Karen Hudson, who tributes her tonight.
For Hudson, performing Ronstadt’s classic 1978 album “Living In the USA” cover to cover is a bucket list item, and it took a lifetime for her to organize it. In high school Hudson idolized Ronstadt and sang Linda’s ballads in talent shows and for theater auditions in school. Hudson has worked as a recording artist and country rock bandleader in NYC since the ‘90’s and has peppered her sets with classic Ronstadt songs during shows at the world-famous Rodeo Bar and beyond. Hudson’s song “Late Bloomer,” off her acclaimed cd Sonic Bloom which was produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, was featured in the Farm Arts Collective’s Dream on the Farm eco-conscious play, The Scientists. Hudson’s sassy singing sunflower strumming her guitar made the cover of the New York Times Arts section in August 2021, in a photo essay by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Michelle Agins.
Recorded at the Sound Factory and Produced by Peter Asher, “Living in the USA” churned out hits across radio formats including Alison (Elvis Costello), Ooh Baby Baby (Smokey Robinson), Just One Look (Doris Troy, Hollies), Mohammed's Radio (Warren Zevon) and Back in the USA (Chuck Berry). Personnel on the album included Waddy Wachtel, Russell Kunkel, Dan Dugmore, Don Grolnick, Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold, and David Sanborn.
Backed by a fantastic 9-piece rock band, the music will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane looking back at a time when things were cooler, radio was way better, and that California country rock sound warmed you like the summer sun.
Band members include Mike Fornatale, Charly Roth, Tommy DeVito, Jeff Gordon, Glenn Spivack, Kathryn Donnelly, Suzanne Hockstein, James Noyes, and Jaden Gladstone.
Advance Tickets: 15.00 At the Door: 20.00
“With her edgy wit, elegant stage presence and a great band behind her, songwriter Karen Hudson has been
a mainstay of the New York Americana scene since the early zeros...Hudson’s matter-of-fact vocals carry the lyrics with passion, soul, and rich dynamics, from an insistent wail to a warm, caressing timbre: she’s never sung better.” —New York Music Daily
“Karen Hudson leads a fantastic band of players as she gigs around New York. Her songs are full of twang and emotion blending rock, pop, country and folk inspired by Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt and the songcraft of Nick Lowe and Lucinda WIlliams.” —Good Music NY
“Hudson has been compared to many other women singers, but the name that resonates with me is Linda Ronstadt...which Lester Bangs found to be ‘brimming with passion and vulnerability, tremulous, yet possessed of a core of absolute strength,’ words that can easily be applied to Hudson.” —Third Coast Music
Approx Running Time: 75 Minutes
Genre: Live Band, Music, Tribute Show, Storytelling
Please Note: the venue has a 2-beverage minimum per person