A feature-length documentary film about the life and career of Linda Ronstadt called The Sound of My Voice will be released to theaters on September 5th. Featuring Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, and Bonnie Raitt, The Sound of My Voice includes rare photos from Ronstadt’s childhood in Tucson, Arizona, and archival footage from many of her most iconic performances. Linda Ronstadt helps narrate the film, which covers her life up until her retirement from performing due to Parkinson’s Disease in 2011.
“Linda could literally sing anything,” Country music legend Dolly Parton says in the recently-released trailer for the film (see below). Dolly performed with Linda along with Emmylou Harris in the award-winning country supergroup, Trio. “When we heard our voices, it was light a high you’ve never felt.”
Produced in part by CNN Films, there was the notion that the film might be broadcast on the cable news station only. But when the film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th to positive reviews, and also won the HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature at the Provincetown Film Festival, Greenwich Entertainment and 1091 co-acquired the North American distribution rights to have the documentary shown in theaters.
Though known by some for mostly being a pop and rock performer, Linda Ronstadt began her music career in country, covering many classic country songs on her early albums, and earning three #1 albums in the genre in the 70’s, as well as a Grammy Award. Her participation in Trio with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton landed Linda her second country music Grammy in 1987.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman from Telling Pictures. Epstein has won two Academy Awards for his work directing documentaries previously (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, and The Times of Harvey Milk), and Jeffry Friedman was nominated for an Academy Award for the Netflix short documentary End Game. The Linda Ronstadt documentary was produced by James Keach, Michele Farinola, Rob Epstein, and Jeffrey Friedman.