Playing Music

Equipped with a sultry voice, button accordion, and baritone ukulele, chanteuse Tara Linda sings original jazzy blues, Latin torch, and Americana roots.  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.”

Recently featured in the San Francisco Bay Area as the face of the new “Accordionista” for the rising popularity of the accordion (Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times, Nov 19, 2009), Tara Linda has been a featured artist in the 2009, 2010, and new 2011 Accordion Babes Pinup Calendar/CDs- each a wildly successful “fun, girl-powered makeover for the accordion.”  These fast selling calendars have become collector’s items nationally and internationally, and feature pictures and music from all the featured Babes.   Tara is currently working with other accordionistas on the 2012 Accordion Babes calendar & cd!
Tara’s 2010 CD Tortilla Western Serenade, was well received and played on over 200 US and European radio stations.  “I was especially happy with my latest CD, because it reflects my roots growing up in both Texas and Arizona” Tara says.  “The landscape, people, cultures, and music- including traditional conjunto music of South Texas with their traditional song forms- the ranchera, waltz, bolero, cumbia, and haupango- are are natural textures in the Western landscape. ”

Whether solo or backed by a full band, Tara Linda captivates.
She has performed from China to Virginia, festivals to house concerts.  She toured China and Mongolia with 2010 Grammy Winners Los Texmaniacs.   She now performs with 2 bands:

~ Tortilla Western/Americana meets Tex-Mex; and
~ Jazzy blues mixed with early Latin torch. 
Tara Linda lives in Oakland, CA and tours with Tortilla Western bands- the “The Gila Men” or “Big in Texas”, or jazzy blues band “The Blue Fur Monkeys.”  All feature accordion, bass, guitar, horns/violin, drums/percussion, and accordion.
To hear Tara’s music- click on the samples to the right of this page
–  or go to her artist’s webpage- here for music, news, video, pics,
and tour dates.

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