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Ronstadt Generations

Based in: USA
Show Code: ronstadt-generations
Artist: alma (See All Shows)
Price Range: Under $1500

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heri...

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Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

Michael J. Ronstadt passed away on August 7, 2016. His sons and Los Tucsonenses carry on his musical legacy with Ronstadt Generations Y Los Tucsonenses.


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The Genesis of Ronstadt Generations

 A family Thanksgiving gathering in 2009 – more precisely, an after-dinner, all-night jam session between father and sons gave birth spontaneously to the performance group Ronstadt Generations. Michael J. (guitar/mandolin/mandocello/vocals) found himself running through generations of material with his two sons, Michael G. (cello/mandolin/guitar/vocals) and Petie (guitar/bass/vocals). This session evolved into a rehearsal as the trio played the passages again and again, figuring out harmonies and developing arrangements. Ronstadt Generations was born.

Steeped in family music traditions dating to the 1840s when his great-grandfather emigrated from Germany and settled in the Southwest, Michael J. Ronstadt – younger brother of renowned singer Linda Ronstadt – was just wrapping up seven years touring internationally with the Santa Cruz River Band. Simultaneously, his sons Michael G. and Petie had become increasingly engaged in individual music endeavors.

That jam session became a flashpoint, providing inspiration and impetus for Michael J. to return to his music roots and to create a project to explore, preserve and share the rich musical history of the Ronstadt family. That legacy, noted in a number of history books and publications, began in the late 1800s with his grandfather, Federico “Fred” Ronstadt, and is an important piece of the fabric of Tucson and the entire Southwest region of the United States. Today, that long history continues with Ronstadt Generations. (Click here to jump to history.)


Los Tucsonenses


Ronstadt Generations released their first CD, Lulo, just months after officially forming and hitting the road. But the band soon found itself with a regular gig at Tucson’s popular Chicago Bar. From this Monday night engagement evolved the current six-piece ensemble: Ronstadt Generations y los Tucsonenses, featuring Alex Flores (tenor sax and vocals), Sam Eagon (upright and electric bass) and Aaron Emery (drums and percussion). The ensemble released Prelude to stunning reviews in 2012.


The Next Generation


Michael J. Ronstadt passed away on August 7, 2016 though the band continues now being led by his two sons Michael G. and Petie. They continue to push the boundaries of their own tradition while keeping true to the legacy their father has passed along as it was passed to him from the generation before.

  • Lulo - 1st Edition (CD/MP3 June 2010)
  • Lulo - 2nd Edition (CD June 2011)
  • America Our Home (CD/MP3 July 2012)
  • Prelude (CD/MP3 July 2012)
  • Memories of Christmas (MP3 December 2012, CD December 2013)
  • Epilogue (CD/MP3 July 2014)
  • In the Land of the Setting Sun (CD/MP3 May 2016)

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Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
Ronstadt Generations
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
Ronstadt Generations
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
Ronstadt Generations
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
Ronstadt Generations
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
Ronstadt Generations
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
Ronstadt Generations
Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of legendary vocalist, Linda Ronstadt) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie.
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01-El-Camino.mp3
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02-Coyote.mp3
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03-Falling-Into-Place.mp3
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07-The-Chicago-Bar-Stomp.mp3
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