In the role of Linda Ronstadt is lead vocalist Donna Cristy. A powerful singer with a 4 octave range, Donna skillfully and emotionally delivers convincing re-creations of the Grammy Award winner’s hit songs. Donna is a recording artist and songwriter in her own right and has toured the world as a lead singer and dancer. Her recordings consist of the hard rock “People Will Talk”; “Come Hell Or High Water”, a retro funk r&b offering; house records “Surrender”, “Trust My Love”, “Hold Me Close” and her latest alternative rock CD with the band Hemlok Bay, “Just Another Day”, all available on Spotify. She has several of her country songs playing in venues throughout the world. This diversity in style has made this New Jersey native a perfect fit to cover the versatile Ronstadt’s catalogue.
On bass and guitar is the talented Dave Whiston. Dave and Donna have performed together for many years in different projects. He also spent seven years as the lead guitarist for rock star Rick Springfield and has played guitar with Billy Idol and John Fogerty. Dave is multi-talented and covers the bass and/or guitar parts for Tumbling Dice, as well as providing background vocals.
On lead guitar and vocals is Kevin Herrera, fresh from a tour of Europe where he played with blues legend, Guitar Shorty. A recent graduate from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Kevin is an extremely talented and versatile guitarist. Donna was lucky enough to find him several years ago while doing a gig with a local Latin band and was instrumental in getting him the gig as lead guitarist in another popular tribute band, The Long Run, Experience The Eagles. Strongly influenced by folk, country and traditional Latin styles, he can play any style of music with his own personal flair. He has a dynamic stage presence and is also a songwriter and an actor, appearing in country music star Tim Hick’s video, “Buzz, Buzz, Buzzin’” and commercials for AT & T and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
On keyboards and bass are the father/son team John Barro and Christopher John Barro. Both have worked with Donna in a local Latin band.
Drummer John Carbone is a session drummer, teacher, and author whose career has spanned over two decades playing a variety of music such as jazz, Latin, dance, and rock. He teaches basic theory to students at four Southern California colleges as well as playing drums for their dance departments. Orignally from upstate New York where he graduated from the Crane Schookl Of Music, he has played Linda Ronstadt music for many years and is the perfect compliment to the other fine musicians in Tumbling Dice.
Tumbling Dice, a tribute band dedicated to the music of Linda Ronstadt, was recently formed in Los Angeles, California to pay homage to this great artist and the songs she made famous. Lead vocalist Donna Cristy brilliantly captures the clarity, power, grit, and emotional throb of Ms. Ronstadt’s voice, possessing the ability to move audiences out of their seats and onto their feet. Accompanied by 5 talented musicians, the band recreates all the styles for which the Grammy winner was known from rock (“How Do I Make You”) to pop ( “Different Drum”) to country (“Love Is A Rose”) to the gentle ballads (“Blue Bayou”) to jazz (“Lush Life”). Tumbling Dice is available for concert, casino, and club venues.