Call Redialed: NEW Travis Moser Interview: "Just One Look: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt" at The Green Room 42
I love it when my talented friends do great things! Travis Moser is debuting a brand new concert which excites me to no end because he presenting Just One Look: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt at The Green Room 42. Linda is one of my favorite singers, with a voice that no one has or will ever match.
Just One Look: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt Travis will homage to the legendary Linda Ronstadt with very special guests Molly Pope, Cathy Cervenka, Daryl Glenn and Jack Bartholet, all icons of the NYC cabaret scene. Musical director Drew Wutke reimagines an eclectic collection of award-winning, quintessential anthems that are sure to inspire your inner Linda.
Just One Look: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt plays at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Ave, 4th Floor inside YOTEL) on June 20 at 7pm. Click here for tickets!
1. This June you are performing Just One Look: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt at The Green Room 42. What made you want to create a concert surrounding Linda Ronstadt's music? I originally wanted to put together a show of all Jimmy Webb music, but then I realized all the Jimmy Webb songs I wanted to do were those recorded by Linda! She has been ENORMOUSLY influential, has a once in a lifetime voice and it seems that the children have forgotten!
She was the first female artist to have five multi-platinum albums in a row! At the height of her fame, she decided she wanted to star in Pirates of Penzance on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award. She did things in her career because she wanted to, regardless of what anyone said. That takes a lot of courage.
To put it in the context of today, that would be like Taylor Swift basically quitting pop music for two years, starring in an operetta and getting nominated for a Tony Award.
When you look back on Linda’s career, it's pretty amazing what a courageous trailblazer she's been. The other reason I wanted to create this show was to get a chance to hear some of my personal favorite performers sing these songs. Wait until you hear Molly Pope, Jack Bartholet, Cathy Cervenka and Daryl Glenn sing some of Linda's most beloved songs with a full band, led by Musical Director, Drew Wutke!
2. What made now the right time to present this show? To me, there's never a WRONG time for Ms. Ronstadt, honey! However, she’s actually having a bit of a resurgence of late. This year, she went back in the archives and released her first ever live album, Live in Hollywood, and it ended up hitting number seven on Billboard's Top Albums national sales chart.
I also had the thrill of attending opening night of the new documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, at the TriBeca Film Festival a couple weeks ago. It was phenomenal and will be premiering later this year on CNN. They have meticulously restored a lot of her concert footage for the documentary and it's pretty incredible.
However, when you're as talented as Linda Ronstadt, you never go out of style and new generations keep discovering her music!
3. This is your Green Room 42 debut. Why did you choose this show to be the concert you make your Green Room 42 debut? Since The Green Room 42 is one of the only cabaret venues at which I haven't performed, I wanted to do something brand new and it seemed like the perfect time to pay homage to Linda Ronstadt. Plus, the room really has more of a concert vibe and reminds me of some of the places Linda played when she was first starting out.
The other thing I like about The Green Room 42 is that there is no food or beverage minimum, so it's a little more accessible than some of the other clubs I've played. That gives audiences the opportunity to take risks and see shows they may not have seen otherwise. Cabaret is something that everyone should be able to enjoy. It's my favorite kind of live performance and something that's really special and unique to New York City!
4. Is there anything audiences should know about this show before attending? You don't really have to know anything about Linda Ronstadt or her music...we've got you covered! We'll be running the gamut of her long career and telling stories along the way. Musical Director Drew Wutke has put together some really great, brand new arrangements that put a twist on these classic songs, while not veering too far from the originals.
Also, Molly Pope, Jack Bartholet, Cathy Cervenka, Daryl Glenn and I have such different voices and performing styles! It's going to be so much fun to see how everyone interprets these songs. I'm hoping it will interest people to really take a look back at Linda's catalogue and discover her music for the first time or rediscover songs they've forgotten!
5. What was the first song you just knew had to be in this show? "Still Within The Sound of My Voice," without a doubt. It's the first Linda Ronstadt song I ever heard and I'm absolutely obsessed with it. Linda's original vocals and the lyrics get me every time! Linda has famously said that she feels like she didn't start REALLY singing until the 80's and when this song was released in 1989, I feel that she was truly at the height of her powers. There is just something about her throaty belt from this time period that is truly thrilling! However, she has been a powerhouse vocalist since her first recording.
6. With her vast catalog of music, how did you narrow down your set list? I basically went through each of her albums and tried to include a mix of songs that spanned her entire career. She was also one of the first pop/rock/country artists to record an album of standards, so I definitely wanted to include something from that era as well.
I'm most known for singing musical theater and standards, so they had to hold me back from doing an all Linda Ronstadt standards show! The audience will hear pop, rock, country, standards and maybe even a touch of punk from Linda's “Party Girl” album phase!
7. What is about Linda Ronstadt that first drew you to her? My addiction to Linda Ronstadt started when I was about 12 or 13 years old and was a member of the now defunct Columbia House Music Club. To get started, you could choose 12 CDs, which would be mailed to your house. At that time, I pretty much only listened to musical theater, but I needed to select one more CD. I saw the cover of Linda's Cry Like a Rainstorm; Howl Like the Wind album and decided to take a chance. From the second I turned it on, I was hooked. She has such an incredible, theatrical voice and she can perform pretty much any genre! I feel like she was my teacher, in a way, because as I explored all of her albums, I learned about all of the different genres, songwriters and performers she worked with! I can't think of another artist who has covered so much ground and been so successful.
Fun fact: to this day, she has the biggest selling non-English album (Canciones de Mi Padre) OF ALL TIME! Over two million copies! There is nothing this woman hasn't done.
8. If you could duet with Linda Ronstadt on any song, which one would you want to sing with her? Let's get Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda and Travis together and record a Quartet album! They've already recorded two Trio albums together, so can't I just squeeze in there somewhere!?
I'm not the best at harmony, so I'll have to sing lead...sorry, ladies! Do you think they'll mind!? Truth be told, I would sing anything with Linda. If she was still performing, I would love to hear her take on "Shallow." Now THAT would be something!
9. What is something you learned about Linda Ronstadt in preparing this show that you didn't know prior to putting this show together? While I knew this to a certain extent, I really saw how fearless she was in her career. Especially for a woman in the music industry over the course of the last 40 years! She truly wasn't concerned about what was most popular, what would make her the most money or what she knew would be a surefire success.
She has said that she sang the songs she did because she couldn't NOT sing them. Something inside her compelled her to sing these songs and share them with an audience. When she feels passionately about something, she has to do it...no matter how many people tell her no.
10. Since the show is called Just One Look, using an emoji, gif, or real picture, what is "Just One Look" you give to show someone you are in love with them? I would actually send a YouTube link of my recording of the Linda Ronstadt classic, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”
More on Travis:
In a feeble attempt to fulfill an unquenchable need for attention, cabaret, concert and recording artist Travis Moser has packed houses and won acclaim for his solo shows in NYC and around the country. His most recent show, This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart, debuted at the legendary Feinstein's/54 Below with special guest Samantha Shafer from Broadway's West Side Story, South Pacific, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Rocky - The Musical. This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart celebrates one of the most prolific and legendary songwriting duos of all time. Travis Moser takes the audience on a journey through the Rodgers and Hart songbook, while offering backstage and personal stories about the songs and the shows from which they came. The show features new arrangements and mash-ups of some of Rodgers and Hart's most beloved songs. This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart recently celebrated a 3rd return engagement at Feinstein's/54 Below!
Due to the success of the initial run, Travis had the honor of performing This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart for an extended run at NYC's famed Metropolitan Room. Travis also joined a lineup of performers that included Tony Danza, Pia Zadora, Annaleigh Ashford and many others to salute Broadway great Elaine Stritch in the Metropolitan Room's Remembering Elaine Stritch. Travis is featured in the annual Love Bites: The Best Duets Ever! show at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater and Madonnathon at Brooklyn Bowl and the legendary Highline Ballroom. Travis has also performed his solo shows at Birdland, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex, The Iguana, The National Arts Club and The Strand Theater, among countless others.
Travis' debut album This Can't Be Love: The Songs of Rodgers and Hart, based on his show, was recorded live throughout the run. This recording captures Steven Silverstein's exciting new arrangements of these Rodgers and Hart classics. Travis also had the privilege of teaming up with The Human Rights Campaign to release stripped down versions of some of his favorite songs, including Born for You, Get Here, I've Dreamed of You and Danglin'. Proceeds from the sales of these singles go directly to HRC. Other singles include the Jimmy Webb classic, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a new arrangement of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with proceeds from each sale gong directly to Planned Parenthood, Fifty Percent from the musical Ballroom, Stephen Sondheim's Sooner or Later, John Bucchino's It Feels Like Home, The Rose and And So It Goes. His 2nd full length album, Travis Moser Live at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, was recorded at the famed venue and features songs of yearning, hope and home from the worlds of contemporary pop and musical theater. Travis' most recent EP, The Midtown Sessions, pays homage to the women of Broadway and beyond who have inspired him along the way. All recordings are available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play and all other major music retailers. Both of Travis's full length albums have been nominated for the BroadwayWorld.com Album Awards.
Regionally, Travis had the opportunity to work with two-time Tony® Award nominee Margot Sappington in the Pittsburgh Playhouse production of Jekyll and Hyde. Other regional credits include Action in West Side Story, Jack in Into the Woods, Master Nick Cricker in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and featured soloist in Disney and More: The Music of Menken and Rice at the historic Strand Theater, among others.
On camera, Travis has been a featured soloist on The Children's Hospital Free Care Benefit Show for CBS and is currently a National Anthem soloist for the New York Roadrunners (NYRR) organization and the Staten Island Yankees.
Travis is THRILLED to have the distinction of being officially inducted into the Guinness World Records as a featured vocalist in the Metropolitan Room's Longest Variety Show!