Linda Ronstadt

Only Mama That'll Walk the Line

Composed by Earl Ball / Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant

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A tough, gritty example of late-'60s country-rock, this updated version of "Only Mama That'll Walk the Line" by Linda Rondstat was a staple of her early solo live sets, following her departure from the Stone Ponies. A powerful electric guitar riff guides the melody while the rhythmic feel is straight out of the Flying Burrito Brothers' early songbook, particularly similar to their version of "Six Days on the Road." The overall flavor is worlds away from a lot of her pop/rock hits that would follow, and is historical in this context. A smoking live version is available on Ode's live album, Celebration: The Big Sur Folk Festival 1970.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hand Sown...Home Grown 1969 Capitol 2:22
Celebration: Live at Big Sur 2000
Various Artists
Essential Records 2:24
The Best of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years 2006 Capitol / EMI 2:22
Hand Sown... Home Grown/Silk Purse 2009 Raven 2:22
Hand Sown...Home Grown/Silk Purse/Linda Ronstadt 2014 BGO
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