Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy

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Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy sing together as The Zozo Sisters on their new Vanguard release, Adieu False Heart, a blending of the lush Louisiana Cajun sound of Savoy’s rich alto and the pure soprano of Ronstadt, Tucson-born and bred, who has deep roots in America’s regional music.
“Zozo” means “little bird” in Creole, and both Linda and Ann wanted this music to reflect their abiding love for the emotional connections they have to these songs, how they soar and sing and have both uniqueness and universality. The music conjures melodies that linger, and stories that evoke such notions that the price of love is disappointment and the price of independence is longing.
“The songs are about love in all its forms,” says Ann, “and about its tender place in our hearts.” Ann, who has spent most of her musical career as she says, “belting out Cajun dancehall music,” wanted this collection to come from a certain psychological place, one of loving kindness and care.
For Linda, the songs on Adieu False Heart have that same tender resonance and the extra grace of giving her the chance to record again with Ann, their two voices blending seamlessly.
Much of Linda’s post-rock career has seen her explore Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta, American standards with Nelson Riddle and the Orchestra, Latin jazz, and the Mexican traditional music she heard and loved as a child in Tucson. But there were other strains of music in her house as she was growing up: the Cajun music that came from the Acadian settlements in southwest Louisiana and were broadcast by Channel XERF in Del Rio, Texas, and Shreveport’s KWKH, home of the Louisiana Hayride.
“We heard Cajun, bluegrass, gospel of every color, rhythm & blues when it was called race music,” she reminisces. “I used to listen to the radio under my pillow until 2 or 3 in the morning when I was just seven. People were singing about trees and grass and I’d look out of the window and see nothing but cactus and rock.” When Linda moved to Los Angeles and started to record there, Cajun fiddler Gib Gilbeau was in her band for years.
It wasn’t until 2002, however, that Linda and Ann finally got the chance to collaborate. That collection, a tribute to Cajun music titled Evangeline Made, was released by Vanguard in 2002, and was produced by Ann. In addition to Linda, it features Cajun songs performed by Richard and Linda Thompson, John Fogerty, Maria McKee, Rodney Crowell, Nick Lowe, Patty Griffin, and David Johanssen. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Traditional Folk Category. Long respected as the definitive historian of her genre, Ann is also the author of Cajun Music: A Reflection Of The People, published in 1984 by Bluebird.
Adieu False Heart is then, a natural evolution of their growing friendship and their close kinship to the music. The song choices came naturally as well. “Many of the songs are ones I’ve sung around the house for years,” says Ann. Among them are Creole French takes on “Plus Tu Tournes,” and the 1930s hit “Parlez-Moi D’Amour.” There are also two Richard Thompson songs, “Burns’ Supper” and “King of Bohemia,” Julie Miller’s “I Can’t Get Over You,” and David L. Greeley’s “Marie Mouri,” an adaptation of a slave … Read More

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