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Focus On: Bonnie Raitt – 2012 Americana Music Association Keynote Interview

Ann Powers’ interview with Bonnie Raitt

on September 15, 2012 No comments
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Keynote speaker Bonnie Raitt addresses attendees of the 2012 Americana Music Festival on September 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. © Erika Goldring /Getty Images
Keynote speaker Bonnie Raitt addresses attendees of the 2012 Americana Music Festival on September 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. © Erika Goldring /Getty Images

In Nashville for the Americana Music Awards (where she was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance), Bonnie Raitt sat down with Ann Powers for a long conversation about the Blues, her storied history as a performing songwriter and all of the influences that helped make her an internationally-recognized multi-Grammy Award winner. Folk Alley recorded the in-depth discussion in front of a live audience.

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Keynote speaker Bonnie Raitt addresses attendees of the 2012 Americana Music Festival on September 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.Keynote speaker Bonnie Raitt addresses attendees of the 2012 Americana Music Festival on September 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.Ann Powers and Bonnie RaittKeynote speaker Bonnie Raitt addresses attendees of the 2012 Americana Music Festival on September 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.Ann Powers and Bonnie RaittAnn Powers, Bonnie Raitt, and Jed HillyKeynote speaker Bonnie Raitt addresses attendees of the 2012 Americana Music Festival on September 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.Bonnie Raitt - Register to VOTE HERE


Raitt is a true American music icon. The daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt, she taught herself to play Blues guitar and rose to prominence in a genre that had been dominated by men. Her music is both a cornerstone of the Americana songbook and a bridge for Top 40 listeners to connect with a roots-based sound.


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