Today we feature a local beauty, with an amazing voice and mad skills on the accordion.
Tara Linda hails from Oakland. I just ran across her most recent album Tortilla Western Serenade and was blown away. Give her a listen.
Equipped with a sultry voice, button accordion, and baritone ukulele, chanteuse Tara Linda plays original roots rock; blending spaghetti western and Latin torch. A Hohner-endorsed artist, she writes new tangos, waltzes, and boleros, and skirts global genres to blend them into a style uniquely hers.
Influenced by the early torch singers of American and Latin American cultures, Tara writes original music grounded in the Texas traditions she grew up with; Americana, blues, rock, and jazz. She has a world music heritage (Indian) and sings in Spanish and English. Tara Linda's performances are described as "mesmerizing" (Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News) and her vocals “rich” and "sultry" (The Muse's Muse).
Tara Linda came of age as a drummer in rock and punk bands in Austin Texas, all the while soaking up the region’s Americana, blues, and Tex-Mex influences. She later fell in love with 1930’s Latin torch, and picked up the accordion. "The accordion takes you around the world like no other instrument," Tara says, "from Argentine bodegas, through French cafés, and across the borderlands of South Texas. As a singer, the accordion is emotional and endlessly expressive."
Let The Ghost Go
by Tara Linda. Live performance by Rafael Herrera (drums) Jeff Hobbs (violin) and Tara Linda (bass, vox)
live @ Rhythmix. Tara Linda (accordion) Az Samad (guitar) Rafael Herrera (drums) Jeff Hobbs (violin) & Federico Zuniga (bass)
Tara Linda & the Gila Men - Performance Reel
performed at the Cotati Accordion Festival with Reid Whatley (stand-up bass), Az Samad (guitar), Rafael Herrera (drums) & Jeff Hobbs (violin). Video by Creative Light Productions (Rohnert Park) & Batik Fine Art.