Tara Linda

Tara Linda

 Oakland, California, USA
BandJazzAmericana

Equipped with a sultry voice, button accordion & bass, torch vocalist Tara Linda plays jazzy blues, Latin torch, and spaghetti western. A Hohner-endorsed artist, she writes new tangos, waltzes, and boleros, & skirts global genres to blend them into a style uniquely her own.

Biography

Equipped with a sultry voice, button accordion and bass, chanteuse Tara Linda plays jazzy blues, Latin torch, and spaghetti western. A Hohner-endorsed artist, she writes new tangos, waltzes, and boleros, & skirts global genres to blend them into a style uniquely her own.

Tara Linda's performances are described as "mesmerizing" (Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News) and her vocals “rich” and "sultry" (The Muse's Muse). Her voice hints of early torch with echoes of Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan, while her music is contemporary and original. What distinguishes her voice and music is vocal depth, heartfelt delivery, and the poetry of her lyrics. She has a world music heritage (Indian), and sings in Spanish and English.

Tara began as a drummer in rock and punk bands in Austin, Texas, fell in love with "torch" singing, and later picked up the accordion. "The accordion takes you around the world like no other instrument," Tara says, "from Argentine bodegas, through French cafés, and to the borderlands of South Texas. As a vocalist, the accordion is perfect…emotional and endlessly expressive.”

Recently featured as the face of the new “accordionista” for the rising popularity of the accordion in the San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News, Nov 19, 2009), Tara Linda is out to show the accordion is cool again. To this effect, she joined 12 female accordion players in the 2010 West Coast Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar/CD, a fun, girl-powered makeover for the accordion. The bonus CD showcased her original song "Fool's Journey".

Tara Linda is a versatile performer, playing venues from clubs & festivals to house concerts. She enjoys intimate house parties, entertaining sit-down audiences with song stories while playing solo on bass, button accordion, and ukulele. For festivals, she brings up the energy with a full band for engaging performances.

Tara is excited to be recording her first “Tortilla Western” CD- blending spaghetti western, rock, and Tex-Mex all to celebrate her American Southwestern roots. This special project enlists the talents of Grammy winning legend Flaco Jimenez (7-time Grammy winner), Max Baca (2010 Grammy winners Los Texmaniacs), and producers Craig Schumacher (Devotchka, Neko Case) and Michael Ramos (Lila Downs). The CD is due out in early Spring of 2010.

Tara Linda lives in Oakland, California. She can be booked solo, or with 2 different bands, depending on the music desired;

Tara Linda & the BLUE FUR MONKEYS~ Jazzy blues, desert cabaret, torch and train songs;

Tara Linda & the GILA MONSTERS~ "Tortilla Western": rock, spaghetti western, & Tex-Mex.

FESTIVALS/EVENTS Tara Has Performed:
Cotati Accordion Festival, Calif.
Berkeley World Music Festival, Calif.
San Antonio Tejano Conjunto Festival, Texas.
Oakland Museum of California: Dia de los Muertos
Studio E: House concert
Solano Stroll Festival, Calif.
French Film Festival, Crest Theater, Sacramento. Calif.
Oakland's "Nite Souk" Bazaar
San Francisco Accordion Festival
Piedmont, Calif. Tulip Festival

LIVE RADIO PERFORMANCES/ INTERVIEWS Include:
KPFA FM 94.1 Berkeley, East Bay
KMUD 91.1 Garberville | 88.3 | 88.5 | 90.3
KHSU- FM 09.5 Arcata | KHSR-FM 91.9 Crescent City-Brookings | 88.7 FM Ferndale-Fortuna | 89.7 FM Garberville | 99.7 FM Willow Creek
KBBF 89.1 Santa Rosa
KSYM 90.1 San Antonio

Performance Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jJ6zmXCTA4

Lyrics

Fool's Journey

Written By: Tara Linda

If your fool's gone for a walk without you
grab your monkey & a drum.
Mariposa will take you down to find him
but no walking here- you gotta run.

'Cause it's a Fool's Journey
Sweet & Divine
Takes you out of the garden
into jaws open wide.

Yes, he knows you're on a mission
you've been planning it for weeks
He'll distract you so you fall again madly
& he'll be laughing when you trip.

If your Fool's gone on a trip without you
Grab your compass and a rock
See your fool knows it was your idea but
He's all action when you just talk.

'Cause it's a Fool's Journey
Seet & divine
Takes you out of the ether
into jaws open wide.

Yes, he knows you're on a mission,
you've been planning it for weeks
He'll distract you so you fall again madly
& he'll be laughing when you trip.

Discography

Tara Luna & Luna Nueva: (2008) New Moon.
Tara Linda: (2006) Fool’s Journey.
Polliwog: (2001) Musical Score to Hamlet’s Woman (Theater).
The Succulents: (1999) The Witch, the Sailor, & the Enchanted Monkey.

Set List

Tara Linda solo or with the Blue Fur Monkeys~ (Jazzy Blues, Latin torch, Musette).

We play 1-2, 45min sets. a few covers.

On a Train
Blue Fur Monkeys
Recession Stomp
Mirabel
Muse's Tango
Pennysmashing
Boy
Underwater (swimming)
Fool's Journey
Muse's Dual
Sigue Adelante

Tara Linda with the Gila Monsters~(rock, spaghetti western & Tex-Mex ):

Dream out Loud
Terrisita
(She's so) Succulent
Leavin' Tejas
Muse's Dual
Soldiers Come Home
Virtual Love Disaster
Crossroads
Demon's Cumbia
Wildwest Huapango