LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning singer Bonnie Raitt was enshrined Friday on the Hollywood RockWalk, along with surf musician Dick Dale and bluesman Buddy Guy in a ceremony that paid tribute to great guitarists.
Raitt, Dale and Guy left their handprints and signatures in cement, and Jimmie Vaughan unveiled a commorative plaque in honor of his brother, the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. A bronze bust of Vaughan will be placed on RockWalk’s posthumous honoree wall near likenesses of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Rick Nelson, among others.
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore also had been scheduled to be honored Friday but was unable to attend because of a schedule conflict, so his installation will be rescheduled.
Raitt, winner of eight Grammy Awards, accepted a $10,000 check from Fender Guitar and Point Blank/Virgin Records for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, earmarked for its music education programs. RockWalk also made a $5,000 contribution to the organization on behalf of the honorees, who played on the ‘Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends’ CD being released Oct. 1 by Point Blank/Virgin.
Raitt, daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt, got her start in the early ’70s playing folk and blues in clubs in the northeast. She found a broad audience with her 1989 album, ‘Nick of Time,’ which brought her four Grammys that year.
Dale, leader of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, was an innovator in surf guitar in the late ’50s and had modest chart success in the early ’60s with ‘Let’s Go Trippin” and ‘The Scavenger.’ His career received a boost two years ago when his original recording of ‘Misirlou’ was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s hit movie ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Dale’s latest album is ‘Calling Up Spirits’ and the video of its first single, ‘The Wedge Paradiso,’ currently is playing on MTV.
Guy won Grammys for best contemporary blues album in 1991 for his comeback CD, ‘Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues,’ and again in 1993 for ‘Feels Like Rain.’ He also holds Billboard magazine’s prestigious Century Award, the publication’s highest career achievement honor. Guy’s latest release is ‘Live! The Real Deal,’ recorded with the horn section of G.E. Smith’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Band.
RockWalk, established in 1985, is a sidewalk gallery of handprints and signatures in the 7400 block of Sunset Boulevard. Previous honorees include Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, James Brown, the Moody Blues, ZZ Top, Carl Perkins and Carlos Santana.
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Congratulations to Blues Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt who was honored at last night's GRAMMYs with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“To be validated by my peers… it’s a very big celebration and I’m very grateful.” On being an inspiration and influence to other musicians, like Sheryl Crow who was inspired to play guitar after hearing Raitt play for the first time, she says “it’s hard for me to imagine because I still feel like I’m just starting out. It’s been 50 years, but you know people have been really kind. So many more women are playing lead guitar - Prince’s band, Beyonce’s band, all the late-night bands who have women musicians. It’s fantastic.” ... See MoreSee Less
Bonnie will be a presenter at THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® this Sunday, April 3rd! Catch the broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network or stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Tune in to Music's Biggest Night®! ... See MoreSee Less
New and exclusive Bonnie Raitt merch is now available for Fan Community members at bonnieraitt.com/members! You can access this shirt, along with other totes and sizes by logging into the member portal and heading to “Exclusive Merch.” The Fan Community is free and open for all to join. Check out the brand new, exclusive merchandise today! - BRHQ ... See MoreSee Less
We celebrate Women of the Blues every day! Season 1 of our Blues Foundation podcast features Blues Hall of Fame trailblazers Ma Rainey (ep. 22), Bessie Smith (ep. 24), Memphis Minnie (ep. 08), Alberta Hunter (ep. 02), and Dinah Washington (ep. 26).
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, the anticipated new John Prine tribute record from Oh Boy Records, is out today. Stream/purchase HERE.
Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, the album features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile (“I Remember Everything”), Tyler Childers (“Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”), Iris DeMent (“One Red Rose”), Emmylou Harris (“Hello In There”), Jason Isbell (“Souvenirs”), Valerie June (“Summer’s End”), Margo Price (“Sweet Revenge”), Bonnie Raitt (“Angel From Montgomery”), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (“Pretty Good”), Amanda Shires (“Saddle in the Rain”), Sturgill Simpson(“Paradise”) and John Paul White (“Sam Stone”). Proceeds from the album will benefit twelve different non-profit organizations, one selected by each of the featured artists.
Bonnie Raitt - Write Me a Few of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues
60 years anniversary celebration of Arhoolie
December 10, 2020
Arhoolie Foundation celebrates it's 60th anniversary (1960-2020) with an online broadcast.
Bonnie Raitt - Shadow of Doubt
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
October 3, 2020
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass celebrates it's 20th anniversary with an online broadcast titled “Let The Music Play On”.
Bonnie Raitt & Boz Scaggs - You Don't Know Like I Know
Farm Aid 2020 On the Road
Sam & Dave classic written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt - Everything Is Broken
[Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2019]
Eric Clapton, one of the world’s pre-eminent blues/rock guitarists, once again summoned an all-star team of six-string heroes for his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2019. Held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, the two-day concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.
'A Tribute To Mose Allison'
Celebrates The Music Of An Exciting Jazz Master
Raitt contributed to a new album, If You're Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison, which celebrates the late singer and pianist, who famously blended the rough-edged blues of the Mississippi Delta with the 1950s jazz of New York City.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Bonnie Raitt about her friendship with the Mose Allison. They're also joined by Amy Allison — his daughter, who executive produced the album — about selecting an unexpected list of artists to contribute songs to the album.
Recorded on tour June 3, 2017 - Centennial Hall, London - Ontario Canada