Linda Ronstadt

In America, a beautiful woman can sing like a donkey humping a cucumber and still race up the charts. At the height of her career (the 1970s), however, Linda Ronstadt possessed a most elusive set of attributes: a lovely voice, an ear for a good song, an ease with multiple genres, and wholesome good looks that suggested she was not only the prettiest girl you’d ever encountered, but also the hippest and the nicest. Ronstadt spent the ’70s crafting a stylish blend of pop-Americana. She had chart success covering songs by Neil Young (“Love Is a Rose”) and Lowell George (“Willin’”). Though she’s been closely associated with this type of American roots music, Ronstadt is actually half Mexican and spent much of her youth south of the border. Since the early ’80s, she’s flowed effortlessly from adult contemporary to Hollywood theme songs to ethnic Cajun and beyond, all the while dabbling in mariachi music. For this tour, Ronstadt will be accompanied by the world-famous Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for what’s billed as a tribute to the music of her childhood. For once, an artist returning to her roots has nothing to do with Appalachia. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 292-2787, $45–$75. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN J. BARR

Thu., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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