Hanke, Ratusz Celebrate the Music of Linda Ronstadt April 21

Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz

At her commercial peak, Linda Ronstadt was queen of the airwaves and the charts. As a major interpreter of American song she lent her prodigious vocal talents to rock, pop, country, operetta, jazz standards, mariachi and more.

In recent years, that amazing voice has been stilled by Parkinson’s disease, but her influence on other singers and her popularity with fans endures. Two of the area’s most respected chanteuses, Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz, will pay tribute to Ms. Ronstadt’s musical legacy at the White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m. with a special concert, “Love is a Rose.”

They’ll be accompanied by a versatile band made up of seasoned local players:  Pianist Alex Taub, guitarist James Vandenberg, bassist Grant Cuthbertson and drummer James Kylen.

A Wisconsin native, Paula Hanke began performing professionally right out of high school, and her years of worldwide touring with show bands are evident in her ability to tackle just about any repertoire and make it her own.

Providing the other half of the vocal pyrotechnics, Peggy Ratusz shines in live performance, bringing songs to life with her impressive command of American popular musical styles. In her work with various musical configuration, she’s at home with jazz, swing, blues, soul and R&B, and has a special talent for getting to the heart of each song and the hearts of listeners.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance/$18 door.

Advance tickets available online at http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.