by | Jul 22, 2023 | Films


“The Sound of My Voice”

by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
93-minute documentary plus post-film discussion

Two Cincinnati Screenings presented in
collaboration with the Queen City Balladeers:

Saturday August 26, 4 & 7 pm

Adults $12 advance, $16 door
Students $8 advance, $12 door

Part of our music documentary series with the goal of presenting high-quality biographies about artists who have had major impact upon American music and culture.  Stay tuned for coming announcements.

Celebrating the life and music of Linda Ronstadt

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With moving performance footage and appearances by Linda, plus friends Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and Aaron Neville, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her — and the sound of her voice.

Since arriving on the music scene in 1967, Linda Ronstadt has been an icon for decades. Her extraordinary vocal range and uncompromising dedication created unforgettable songs across rock, folk, pop, country, American songbook standards, Mexican ranchera, R&B, Afro-Cuban and jazz.

As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s – with songs like “You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Blue Bayou” — Linda Ronstadt moved from intimate clubs to filling arenas,  producing an astounding eleven Platinum albums. Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, and she won 10 Grammy Awards ® on 26 nominations.

QCBWe are delighted to have two special guests leading our post-film discussions: singer/songwriter Lisa Biales and guitar player Neil Harrell, leader of the Queen City Balladeers. 

Ronstadt is our guide through her years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s and expansion into other genres thereafter. Throughout her career she has been a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry and a passionate advocate for human rights.

On-screen at the beginning and end of the film, and via voice-over throughout, Ronstadt’s active participation makes this film highly personal. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever.

For several years now, Ronstadt has been dealing  with a rare neurological disorder, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), originally diagnosed as Parkinson’s. Linda candidly talks about her situation, as well as the ups and downs in her career and the importance of music in her life.


“LINDA RONSTADT: The Sound of My Voice”
Documentary, directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2019, USA, TRT 93 min, Rated G.  Each screening includes post-film discussion, which most patrons find worthwhile. With short trailers, intro and post-film audience conversation, allow 2.3 hours for the total experience.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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Saturday, August 26, 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 26, 7:00 pm

Adult Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 at the door.
Student Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door.
Tickets available online via the Tix Button (top of this webpage), and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

Outside food and beverage is not permitted in the theatre.
Purchase of a ticket confirms acceptance by the purchaser that the presenter/host and their staff will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of attendance at this event.
Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk. No refunds, all sales are final.


    With the achievements of five decades, the body of knowledge about Linda Ronstadt on the Internet is frankly overwhelming. Especially so when including videos of her songs and interviews plus material from the 100+ other artists with whom she has appeared in recordings and live performance.

    To learn more we recommend two credible sources:  Wikipedia and Linda’s official website.


    Lisa Biales

    Lisa BialesA native of Fairfield, Ohio, Lisa Biales is a singer/songwriter and music educator. Like two artists she cites as major influences – Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt – she is a versatile vocalist, comfortable with a wide range of musical styles:  blues, jazz, big band swing, classic and Southern rock, and pop ballads.

    Lisa comes from a musical family. Her father led and played upright bass in a Dixieland jazz band. Her mother sang in community theater productions, church choir and constantly at the family’s home. Her sister sings with her on some occasions. Her brother is a drummer, who gave her a few guitar lessons when she was 12, after which she taught herself with the help of a Beatles songbook.

    Biales began writing songs at 13 – the same year she performed in public for the first time, playing at an amusement park during the breaks between her father’s jazz band sets. Since then, she has released 10 albums with the 11th due out later this year.

    A resident of Oxford, Ohio she is a familiar fixture in the area music scene – hosting house concerts and guest artists at the Big Song Music House in Oxford, appearing at the Cincy Blues Fest, Southgate House and Downtown Listening Room. Known as the “Belle of the Blues” Lisa has collaborated with Linda Ronstadt’s nephew Michael Ronstadt, The Tillers, Bob Margolin, Doug Hamilton, E.G Kight, Ricky Nye and many others.


    Neil Harrell

    Neil Harrell and his harp guitar

    For the last thirty years, Neil Harrrell has been a luthier, an artisan who designs, makes and repairs stringed instruments – in his case principally guitars, mandolins and banjos. He is also a singer/songwriter and guitar player.

    Over the last two decades Neil has been a leader of the Queen City Balladeers, an all-volunteer organization known for promoting the traditions of roots music — what these days is known as Americana music — and folk performance in Cincinnati.

    The QCB has gained prominence for hosting the Leo Coffeehouse, now known as the Leo Listening Room.  In short, the QCB and Leo is a musical oasis (and civic treasure) – a place to enjoy live music in a room filled with attentive listeners.  Learn more about the Queen City Balladeers.


    Tim Swallow 

    Timothy SwallowTim operates The Garfield Theatre and is a founder and president of Cincinnati World Cinema, with a 22-year history of film programming and presentation, including world premieres and festivals. Prior to CWC, he spent two decades in arts marketing and live events production, focusing on music, theatre and the arts.


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