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Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls Appear on ‘No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong)’

on April 20, 2021 No comments
By ANGIE MARTOCCIO Angie Martoccio

“The song and the music video are also like prayer offered in ceremony, asking for strength, justice, and preservation”

— Winona LaDuke

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Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls are among the many voices featured on “No More Pipeline Blues (On this Land Where We Belong),” out on Earth Day (April 22nd) via Rock the Cause Records.

The track supports the ongoing fight against Minnesota’s “Line 3” tar sands oil pipeline, which cuts through more than 200 bodies of water, including the Mississippi River. The resistance is heavily led by indigenous women, including activist Winona LaDuke — who has spent the last eight years trying to prevent the construction of Line 3.

In addition to Raitt, the Indigo Girls, and LaDuke, the song also features the first Native American poet laureate, Joy Harjo, as well as Waubanewquay, Day Sisters, Mumu Fresh, Pura Fe, Soni Moreno, and Jennifer Kreisberg. It was produced and composed by Larry Long.

The accompanying video, directed by Keri Pickett, shows indigenous peoples protesting on the front line, holding signs, and confronting the police. Proceeds for the song will be donated to Honor the Earth, a nonprofit founded by LaDuke and the Indigo Girls.

” ‘No More Pipeline Blues’ beautifully illustrates in music, singing, spoken word, and images the threats of a totally unnecessary tar sands pipeline at the end of the age of Big Oil,” LaDuke said in a statement. “But it also illuminates the sacredness of our environment, and yet more destructive, historical impacts to indigenous culture. Still, the song and the music video are also like prayer offered in ceremony, asking for strength, justice and preservation.”

“I’ve been involved with Honor the Earth and their work protecting Native lands and water since the early Nineties,” added Raitt. “With the climate crisis beyond its tipping point, the movement to stop these destructive and unnecessary fossil fuel pipelines is crucial and deserves more attention than it’s getting. We can join the worldwide shift to developing renewables, ensuring the protection of our environment, the creation of thousands of jobs, and lessening the risk and trauma to both Native communities and the whole Great Lakes region. I’m hopeful ‘No More Pipeline Blues (On This Land Where We Belong)’ will bring more awareness about the need to stop Line 3 and capture the attention of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as well as President Biden, who have the authority to stop construction of the pipeline until ongoing environmental litigation is settled.”

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Top 10 Bonnie Raitt Songs

on April 8, 2021 No comments
Bob Gersztyn

Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born on November 8, 1949 in Burbank, California. Her parents were both in the entertainment industry.  Her father, John Raitt was a headline singer in Broadway musicals like Carousel and Oklahoma, and her mother Marge Goddard was a successful pianist/singer. She was raised in a Quaker religious atmosphere and her parents were socially and politically conscientious.

When Bonnie was eight years old she received a guitar for Christmas which began her passionate interest in music. After high school, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where she played in local coffee houses until she dropped out of school and joined the East Coast blues and folk music scene. She developed her act as she played alongside everyone from (Big Boy) Arthur Crudup to Sippie Wallace. She connected with artists from her own generation like Jackson Browne and Little Feat and continued to be politically involved by performing at high-profile charity events.

Her early recordings beginning with her self-titled album in 1971 were made up of mainly “traditional blues.” That seminal period of development in the early 1970s saw her evolve artistically into both a phenomenal vocalist and proficient slide guitarist. It was on Sweet Forgiveness, her sixth album in 1977 that she recorded Del Shannon’s “Runaway” which became her first hit single and launched her career into the mainstream. Raitt is one of the world’s most talented female singer/ songwriter/guitarists and has released seventeen studio albums and won a total of ten “Grammy Awards.” In the year 2000 she was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Here are Blues Rock Review’s top 10 Bonnie Raitt songs.

10.“Walking Blues”

“Walking Blues” appeared on Bonnie Raitt’s first eponymous record album released in 1971. It’s an excellent example of the style that she began with and who better to model yourself after as a blues singer that the seminal blues guitarist Robert Johnson. The song is his composition but it was popularized by Sun House and Muddy Waters.

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9. “I’m In the Mood”

“I’m In the Mood” is both a collaboration and another artist’s album. John Lee Hooker is a legendary blues singer/guitarist that recorded an album called The Healer in 1989 that contained a series of collaborations with everyone from Carlos Santana and Charlie Musselwhite to Robert Cray and Bonnie Raitt. The album was produced by Roy Rogers in San Francisco and was like frosting on the cake from all the recent success with Nick of Time and even won a Grammy for Hooker.

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8. “The Thing Called Love”

“Thing Called Love” came from the Nick of Time album released in 1989. The album won multiple “Grammy Awards” including “Best Traditional Blues Recording” and “Best Female Pop and Rock” vocal performance. The song itself is a John Hiatt composition that Bonnie slightly changed the lyrics on as well as performing some amazing slide guitar playing halfway through.

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7. “Angel From Montgomery”

Bonnie Raitt is a songwriter but at the same time she can take another artist’s composition and transform it into her own as any truly great performer can. “Angel from Montgomery” came from 1974’s release, Streetlights and was written by folk singer John Prine, who was inspired by Hank Williams. The song has been recorded by dozens of performers over the decades and was written from the perspective of a middle aged housewife that feels old and wants to escape her mundane everyday life.

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6. “Don’t It Make You Want To Dance”

“Don’t It Make You Want to Dance” was from the soundtrack of the 1980 film with John Travolta that transformed the country from the “Disco Scene” into the Country music Scene overnight when “Urban Cowboy” hit the screens. It was originally written by Rusty Weir and it became Raitt’s only hit on country music charts.

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5. “Runaway”

“Runaway” is from the 1977 Sweet Forgiveness album and was originally a #1 “Top 40” radio hit in 1961 for Del Shannon. Shannon co-wrote the song with keyboardist Max Crook but Raitt completely changed the arrangement and performed a funkier R&B version of the classic. It became her first hit single and climbed the US singles chart to the #57 position.

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4. “Nick of Time”

Nick of Time is Bonnie Raitt’s tenth studio album released in 1989 as well as its title song and it became her commercial breakthrough. The album was produced by Detroit, Michigan record producer Don Was and won three “Grammy Awards” including “Album of the Year.” The other two “Grammys” were for both Best “Female Pop and Rock” cocals. The song was penned by Raitt and the lyrics are heartfelt middle age female reflections about everything from the ability to give birth much longer to observing both the transformation and degeneration of age in herself and her parents.

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3. “Something to Talk About”

“Something to Talk About” opens with a great slide guitar riff and was the biggest radio hit from 1991’s Luck of the Draw. It was the follow up to Nick of Time and was equally successful by earning three “Grammy Awards.” The song was written by Canadian singer/songwriter Shirley Eikhard and became one of Raitt’s signature songs as it explores the subject of “love.”

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2. “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” is another gem from Luck of the Draw and is considered by many as one of the most beautiful songs that Bonnie recorded. Her gorgeous sultry voice is accompanied by pianist extraordinaire Bruce Hornsby as she delivers a heartfelt torch song. Country music artists and songwriters Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin wrote the song that became Raitt’s most successful single.

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1. “Have a Heart”

“Have a Heart” was another hit from the multi-platinum “Grammy Award” winning 1989 album  Nick of Time. One of the ironies of the success of the album had to do with the fact that Bonnie had hit rock bottom with her career when she went into the studio with an equally frustrated Don Was. The result was a masterpiece born out of pain and suffering that is reflected in the creative and emotional energy that was distilled into each cut.

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Album ReCue – Bonnie Raitt: 1971

on March 1, 2021 No comments
by Laura Fedele

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Leading up to WFUV’s 1971 Throwback Thursday on March 25 — dedicated to albums celebrating their 50th anniversary this year — all month on “Album ReCue” we’ll be taking a deep dive into some of the ’71 releases that mean the most to our weekday FUV hosts. Above, an archive of Alisa Ali‘s conversation with Corny O’Connell about his selection, Bonnie Raitt‘s self-titled 1971 debut album, and below, Laura Fedele‘s overview of that release. 

Back before the 10 Grammy awards and the guitar-god accolades, Bonnie Raitt was a California kid from a musical family who couldn’t wait to grow up and join the activist Greenwich Village folk scene. Once she got there, after her college years in Cambridge, her natural singing style and skill with the slide guitar quickly separated her from the pack, and she scored a major label deal before she was 21.

She chose her signature instrument over the folky acoustic because of the sustain, Raitt says: “the electric guitar, for me, has the raunch and the beauty that more openly reflects the range of emotions I want to get when I’m singing and playing.” Plus, it made it easy to sit in with a wide variety of players and styles: “It doesn’t matter whether you know all the chords if you know your way around with a slide.”

That easy way with a jam is already in full form on her debut album, Bonnie Raitt, recorded in live sessions at an empty Minnesota summer camp. A collection of eclectic old favorites and a couple of her own tunes, each song starts out in a new direction — a rolling blues, a lilting ballad — then each one builds in its own way to a rollicking peak. You can feel the camaraderie of the band members as they move in and out of the music, like party guests gliding through the kitchen, with Raitt at the center, driving it all forward.

Stephen Stills’s “Bluebird” kicks it off, in country-blues style, Raitt’s voice gently soaring over a harmonic vocal chorus. Her own “Thank You” is the first we hear of a future career of sweet and sultry ballads, and her “Finest Lovin’ Man” gets a honky-tonk vibe from blues legend Junior Wells on the harp, pushing the rhythm forward with every breath.

Raitt’s career has embraced the sounds of rock, Americana and R&B over the years, but her love for the classics never wavers. WFUV morning host Corny O’Connell says, “Bonnie Raitt really got to me on an emotional level on her debut album through her truly authentic interpretation of the blues. She’s renowned for her slide guitar, but it was her laid-back, unaffected singing on standards like ‘Since I Fell for You’ that sealed the deal.”

Her compadres at the camp included a few who’d become longtime collaborators (like Freebo on bass and A.C. Reed on sax), plus Raitt chose two classic Sippie Wallace songs for the album (“Women Be Wise” and “Mighty Tight Woman,” both driven here by John Beach’s New Orleans-style piano), creating a bond that led to them recording and touring together through the ’70s and ’80s.

But the longest relationship in Raitt’s career started even further back than her debut: The first woman with a signature Fender guitar line, her customized Stratocaster (“Brownie”) has been with her for every gig since 1969.

This “Album ReCue” series is part of our 50-year look back at the albums of 1971, including Traffic, Isaac Hayes, and Carly Simon. We’ve also taken a look at Bonnie Raitt’s 1989 Nick of Time album, and at her career as an FUV Essential artist.

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