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Bonnie Raitt on stage at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, United States © Michael Caulfield /WireImage.com

LOOKIN’ FINE AT 59 AND SOUNDING EVEN SWEETER

on November 8, 2008 No comments

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Happy birthday, Ms. Bonnie Raitt! The bottleneck slide whiz emerged as a teenager in the eye of the ’60s blues revival, opening for the likes Mississippi Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, and singing with a voice that rang with decades of maturity despite her youth.
She seemed to arrive almost fully formed, a lovely creature the blues had coughed up in order to seduce us with her 12-bar ways. Once she began making albums in 1970 her range rapidly expanded to draw upon folk-blues, acoustic rock, Muscles Shoals soul and more of America’s rich musical melting pot.
From the start, Raitt has possessed an unerring knack for picking her collaborators, and in turn always elevates the proceedings when she sits in with any of her chums.
She’s also an inspired interpreter of other’s songs, often getting inside them in a way that equals or betters the originals.
While her sound has smoothed out and settled into a comfortable groove in recent years, there remains that initial integrity and grit that first snagged our ear.
We love her as a survivor, carrier of great traditions and for her abundant natural talents.
Glad we get to share this lovely blue-green planet with you, Bonnie!

We begin our birthday salute to Bonnie with her appearance on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1976 doing “Too Long At The Fair.” You try not to be enchanted by this woman!

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How’s about a slow blues take on Mose Allison’s “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy” with Junior Wells captured in 1974? Well here it is, at 49min.

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Here she is working “Dixie Chicken” with Little Feat and Emmylou Harris and Jesse Winchester on The Midnight Special.

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Witness the totally badass pickin’ from Raitt in this performance of “Kokomo/Sugar Mama” from London in 1976.

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Check out this surprisingly slinky version of “Thing Called Love” from the 1990 Grammy Awards. That’s a voice with some serious authority!

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We conclude with Raitt doing “Woman Be Wise,” a Sippie Wallace nugget that’s become a staple of Raitt’s setlists over the years. Let the easy sway (and sound advice) carry you off to a most pleasant Saturday. But spare a happy thought for Bonnie at least once or twice today, okay?

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We are rocked to the core to hear of the passing of our dear friend, bandmate and musical genius, Mike Finnigan. He fought his long illness with the same fearlessness and ferocity he brought to every part of his life. Our deepest condolences go out to Candy, Kelly, Bridget and all his family.

Mike was one of the most powerful, virtuosic soul/gospel/blues singers and Hammond B3 players you’ll ever be blessed to hear. Respected and emulated by musicians the world over, his legacy of staggering
performances across his 60+ years career will stand the test of time. He stopped our show nearly every night. There was simply no one like him.

He was whipsmart, incredibly articulate and funny as hell. He was as devoted to his beloved family and friends as he was to helping so many struggling to get and stay sober. He and his wife Candy were instrumental in my own sobriety and I will be forever grateful.

Rest in peace, dear Mike. I know you’ll be shaking that Heavenly Choir to new heights as only you can do.

Here’s a clip from our 2013 Slipstream tour, where he tore up the place every night with Ray Charles’ iconic “I’ve Got News for You.”

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