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Bonnie Raitt Bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson – Off The Road – HPR’s All Things Considered

Bonnie Raitt Bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson – Off The Road – HPR’s All Things Considered

on February 12, 2021 No comments
By Dave Lawrence
James “Hutch” Hutchinson © Matt Mindlin /Courtesy of Redwing Records

Today our Off the Road series welcomes longtime Bonnie Raitt bassist, and sometime Maui resident James “Hutch” Hutchinson. All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence continues the interview series, which features hours of interviews and exclusive musical performances connecting with artists around the world during the pandemic.

Hutch has a long career that has included working with John Cipollina, the Neville Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others, through session work and live performances. Since the early 1980’s he’s been the bassist for Bonnie Raitt, and still an active contributor to other projects.

We hear about how the pandemic impacted the tour and album plans for Bonnie Raitt, who Hutch was rehearsing with in the San Francisco Bay Area when the crisis began. He also tells some great stories of connecting to several of the music luminaries who we’ve lost to the virus: Manu Dibango, Toots Hibbert and Ellis Marsalis among them. Hutch also shared some stories connecting to both his time with the Neville Brothers and experiences working with Jerry Lee Lewis. 

Hear the complete interview:

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Bonnie Raitt bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson Off the Road with HPR’s All Things Considered – February 2021

Off the Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the highlight artists we’ve welcomed so far include Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs, Soul Asylum, The Moody Blues, John McLaughlin, Deep Purple, Third World, George Benson, Heart, Joe Satriani, Jack Johnson, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

See a live video of Hutch in action with Bonnie Raitt from 2019:

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Bonnie Raitt performs “Thing Called Love” (originally by John Hiatt) at Farm Aid 2019 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, on September 21.

See Hutch live with Bonnie Raitt performing live in 2016:

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Bonnie Raitt performs live, for Amazon Front Row 2016


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