SOFT ROCK

August 27, 2008 – 5:07 am

The opposite of hard rock, this new blend was very popular all around the world. It can be traced back to the sensitive singer-songwriters of the ’70s.

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KARLA BONOFF
Nashville 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN, Feb 22, 1978. An excellent stereo soundboard.

After Linda Ronstadt, it became clear she was in a league of her own when it came to singing. Most of the female singer-songwriters that followed had to rely on their songwriting. Karla Bonoff was no slouch in that area. As the wikipedia states:

“As a songwriter, Bonoff’s songs have been interpreted by other artists such as ‘Home’ by Bonnie Raitt, ‘Tell Me Why’ by Wynonna Judd, and ‘Isn’t It Always Love’ by Lynn Anderson. Linda Ronstadt has successfully recorded a number of her songs, including, ‘Someone To Lay Down Beside Me,’ ‘Trouble Again,’ ‘All My Life,’ ‘Falling Star’ and ‘Goodbye My Friend,’ thus helping to introduce Bonoff to a larger audience.”

So here is a nice early live performance from Bonoff, on the road to promote her self-titled debut album. Bonoff also spent her early career as backup singer for Linda Ronstadt. Ronstadt returned the favour recording three of her songs off Bonoff’s debut. This show also illustrates how influential the West Coast soft-rock sound was. Bonoff’s moves are all familiar. The playing style is the same as Ronstadt’s. It sure sounds like Russ Kunkel and Waddy Wachtel playing at this show. In fact, the pair played on both Ronstadt’s and Bonoff’s albums.

Identity crisis? Back in the ’70s, after all the struggles of the ’60s, it was a time to get mellow again. This is the sound of growing older.
- The Little Chicken

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Track 01. I Can’t Hold On*
Track 02. Home*
Track 03. The Water Is Wide
Track 04. Lose Again*
Track 05. Rose In The Garden*
Track 06. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me*
Track 07. Trouble Again/ band intros
Track 08. Isn’t It Always Love*
Track 09. Falling Star*

*Seven of the songs here are from her debut 10-track album Karla Bonoff.

Lineup:
Karla Bonoff - vocals
Brad Palmer - bass
Ed Black - electric and pedal steel guitar
Bo Segal - drums
Chris Montana - piano, vocals

Her self-titled Karla Bonoff debut remains her best album. Click on the link to order the album.

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Reader Mike Hamilton commented:

Excellent download. Her Columbia stuff is without doubt the best, all three albums have been issued on a 2-disc set in the UK. (Click here.)

  1. 7 Responses to “SOFT ROCK”

  2. Linda…Karla…Neil…my “Animal House” days of the 70’s in Southern California have just come flashing back at me!
    Thank you!!!

    By Dennis on Aug 27, 2008

  3. A very nice recording. Thank you!

    By Ken on Aug 29, 2008

  4. IO agree that this was her most fertile period. How ever I do believe her biggest hit was a cover of a Paul Kelly (the soul artist who recorded for Warner Brothers, not the Aussie one)tune called ‘Personally’ also recorded before her with some R&B success by fellow labelmate, Jackie Moore.
    She also did some time with a semi-legendary band called Bryndle, which contained future and former Linda Ronstadt band members(Kenny Edwards and Andrew Gold) and songwriters (Karla & Wendy Waldman) covered by Linda also.

    Here’s what wikipedia says:
    Bryndle first formed in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. The original lineup included Wendy Waldman, Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold, Peter Bernstein, Dennis Wood and former Stone Poneys member Kenny Edwards.

    In 1970, Bryndle recorded what should have been their debut album for A&M Records with newcomer producer Chuck Plotkin. While it went through many revisions before being submitted to the record company, it was never released. Only a single, “Woke Up This Morning,” written by Karla Bonoff and produced by Lou Adler, was ever released from those sessions and it became a regional hit in Northern California before disappearing. Frustrated with this disappointing first attempt in the record business, Bryndle soon disbanded.

    Wendy Waldman, Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold and Kenny Edwards established solo careers and session work before reforming in the early 1990s. In 1995, their newly recorded debut was released and the band began a tour of America and Japan. In 1996, Andrew Gold left the band while Bryndle continued touring through 1997. Unlike their 1995 album which was truly a collaborative effort of songwriters and artists, their 2002 album was recorded between 1997 and 2002 and most of the songs were written separately. By that time, they had stopped performing as a group and all the members were working on their solo careers.

    After a break of more than five years off the road, the band reformed for two house concert performances in 2002. Those two performances were edited down to a single CD released the next year.

    By Duncan Walls on Aug 29, 2008

  5. como estas

    By karla on Feb 7, 2009

  6. Long live soft rock! Please post anything live from Wendy Waldman.

    By Art Lazarus on May 24, 2010

  7. This band is influenced by the 70’s Mellow Rock scene. Check them out if thats your thing. The songs are killer and the production is too. Its sort of like Elton meets McCartney with Gregg Allman singing.

    Todd

    By Todd Docksman on Nov 29, 2011

  8. Saw Karla performed at a small venue in UT Knoxville during my undergraduate days there. This could well be the same tour cos the setlist are so familiar. She had a kick ass guitarist

    By zulzappa on Dec 27, 2018

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