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Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and Alison Krauss help pack the Outlaw Fest at the Mann with a 7-hour music extravaganzaEverybody loves Willie Nelson, and why wouldn’t they? The pigtailed 86-year-old makes American music that weaves together country, gypsy jazz, Sinatrian saloon songs, and the blues. He’s a genius sui generis interpreter of other people’s songs, and has written some pretty good ones himself, from “Crazy” to “Night Life” to “Funny How Time Slips Away.” Nelson didn’t find the time to do any of those in his set when this year’s Outlaw Music Tour, a wondrously good-hearted seven-hour extravaganza pulled …September 14, 2019concerts
Americana Awards 2019: Brandi Carlile, John Prine win big at the RymanIt’s Brandi Carlile’s world. We’re all just livin’ in it.  The Highwomen-singing, Tanya Tucker-producing, ovation-earning songwriter brought home Artist of the Year at the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony Wednesday night. Carlile led an all-women Artist of the Year field that featured prolific old-time player Rhiannon Giddens, country success Kacey Musgraves and soul legend Mavis Staples.   A four-time nominee, it marks Carlile’s first Americana Award.  “I just wanna take a minute and say that Rhiannon Giddens is one of …September 12, 2019awards
Outlaw Music Festival features plenty of toe-tapping performances, stellar setsWillie Nelson’s beat-up blonde guitar, a Martin classical acoustic named Trigger, has been on tour with the country icon since 1969. It shows. The guitar is battered, lined with scratches and grooves, and has a hole above the bridge. Nelson, like Trigger, is remarkable for his longevity and weather-worn character. Still touring at the age of 86, the indefatigable country musician brought his Outlaw Music Festival to SPAC on Saturday, with special guests Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss and Brothers Osborne. …September 8, 2019concerts
Bonnie Raitt brings flavor to Bohemian Nights at NewWestFestOld Town Fort Collins welcomed legendary blues/rock musician Bonnie Raitt Saturday night as part of the three day Bohemian Nights Festival presented by NewWestFest. Blues and Rock singer Bonnie Raitt headlined the second night of the Bohemian Nights Festival after a full day of musical performances by artists such as Dubskin, Analog Son, Hound Heart and more. The performance took place on the Mountain Avenue stage, which was set up at the east end of mountain avenue near Propel Labs …, August 20, 2019concerts event
Inside The 50th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame with John Prine and moreJohn Prine is being inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame At the 50th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, two of its newest honorees, John Prine and Justin Timberlake, both of different generations, described the common bond that drives songwriters to write, and the emotional satisfaction that overcomes them when a song is finished. Prine, the legendary folk singer whom presenter and long-time friend Bonnie Raitt called “our own Mark Twain, our Woody, our Will Rogers,” …, June 14, 2019awards friendsangel-from-montgomery john-prine
2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 4 Highlights: Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt Bring Down the HouseThe 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival brought out the big veteran guns on Sunday (April 28), with career-spanning sets from everyone from Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls to Van Morrison It’s 50th Anniversary of Jazz Fest Storytime with Bonnie Raitt at Acura Stage and she’s dropping anecdotes, music history and names like mad. “This is the greatest festival in the world for artists of all stripes,” she says from Acura Stage, and points out “it’s an endangered …, April 29, 2019concerts event
30 Years of ‘Nick of Time’: How Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Underdog Record’ Swept the Grammys & Saved Her CareerBefore Nick of Time became perhaps the biggest Cinderella story in Grammy history — as well as the cement to Bonnie Raitt’s now-unshakeable legacy as a singular song interpreter and advocate for the blues tradition, and the soundtrack to so many ‘90s babies’ childhoods — it was a last-ditch effort to salvage the career of a cult-favorite artist who had just hit rock bottom. “Nobody expected it to sell well,” Raitt says now. “They just said, ‘We’re not going to …, , March 21, 2019awards cd reviews medianick-of-time
James Taylor, a master, lets Bonnie Raitt ‘steal the show every night’As he got down to business on Wednesday with a near-two hour, hits-laden show full of sublime and unavoidably sentimental tunes spanning over five decades, James Taylor remarked to the audience of 7,200 that one of the greatest pleasures of his nearly concluded tour was watching his co-billed pal Bonnie Raitt “steal the show every night.” Count Rupp as one of those nights. Oh, nothing against Sweet Baby James. At age 70, he still exuded a good-natured folk-pop exuberance that …, February 28, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt provide comfort and joy at TaxSlayer showMOLINE — If there are two more beautiful, humble, generous, and enduring souls in the pop music business than James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, I can’t think of any offhand. The two staggeringly talented veterans — he’s 70 and she 69 — proved that Saturday night to a packed TaxSlayer Center, in their first joint concert ever in the Quad-Cities. In these often dark, chaotic, depressing times, it was just so nice to luxuriate in the genuine goodness, comfort and …, February 23, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
Review: Veterans Taylor, Raitt deliver exquisite showAt 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, James Taylor took the stage at Pinnacle Bank Arena to introduce “my favorite performer,” Bonnie Raitt. Three hours later, Raitt and Taylor were again onstage together, closing an exquisite concert by the two veterans who are at the peak of their form. Taylor’s 1-hour, 45-minute show was simply but effectively staged with a screen behind he and band flashing pictures from throughout his career — appropriate, because his set was largely a collection of his best-known …, February 20, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
Soft rock legend James Taylor brings chill factor to BOK CenterJames Taylor has of course seen fire and rain. He saw chill in Tulsa. Fans at BOK Center chilled out Monday night in the presence of a legendary singer-songwriter who put the crowd between a soft rock and a mellow place. At many shows, BOK Center is speckled with illuminated mobile phones because concert-goers seem more interested in snapping photographs or recording video than watching a live performance unfold. This had a different vibe. During Taylor’s two-hour gig, and a …, February 19, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
Rock Candy: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon ArenaIf you came of age in the cultural crucible of the late 1960s, like most of the crowd at Verizon Arena last Friday night, James Taylor is the embodiment of the singer-songwriter. With the release of his second album in 1970, hits like “Fire and Rain” and “Sweet Baby James” made Taylor a star in the new style of music that included Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. The young Taylor was the perfect romantic troubadour: beautiful, but troubled, …, February 18, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt play to each other’s strengths at Erwin CenterOn paper, it’s not necessarily obvious that James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt would be such compatible touring partners that they’d spend a couple of years on the road together. She’s grounded in blues, funk and soul; his core is folk, pop and jazz. Her personality is radiant and gregarious; he’s calmer, a bit more quirky. He mostly plays acoustic guitar, letting his 11-piece crew color the sound; she favors electric, and can take full command when she lets loose with …, February 14, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
In Columbia, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt Showed They’re Aging With EaseJames Taylor, Bonnie Raitt; Colonial Life Arena, Columbia; Feb. 8, 2019 James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are legendary performers, but neither has been particularly culturally relevant for nearly 30 years. And it would appear that suits them just fine. It seemed like the most unlikely beginning to their Colonial Life Arena show when Taylor sauntered onto the stage with the lights barely dimmed to amble his way through an introduction of Raitt, a frequent touring partner during the last few …, February 12, 2019concerts reviewsjames-taylor
Bonnie Raitt on Aretha Franklin: ‘The Most Influential Artist in My Life’By Patrick Doyle Raitt and Franklin, who sang together in 1993 Mark Zaleski/AP/REX/Shutterstock / Jeffrey Davy/REX/Shutterstock I am so saddened by the loss of our beloved Queen of Soul, Aretha. She has always been my favorite and the greatest singer I’ve ever heard. Along with Ray Charles, she has been the most influential artist in my life. She brought the raw passion and beauty of gospel and the deepest blues, irrepressible rhythm to every note she sang. In songs like …August 16, 2018friendsaretha-franklin
James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt serenade KeyBank CenterBy Ben Siegel James Taylor’s soothing simplicity satisfies at KeyBank Center Like a scoop of ice cream on an oppressive summer night, James Taylor is a magical salve. He always makes our lives seem a little easier, a little calmer, a little simpler. That’s just what Taylor and his All-Star Band served Sunday night at KeyBank Center, with help from longtime pal, blues goddess Bonnie Raitt. Raitt’s generous set was studded with a blend of entry points, from radio-friendly anthems …, July 2, 2018concerts reviewsjames-taylor
How sweet it was: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt charm the Big Gig crowdBy Lori Fredrich It’s not often you experience a show put on by two musical veterans whose combined experience comprises nearly a century. But last night’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater show featuring James Taylor and special guest Bonnie Raitt offered exactly that. Raitt was less an opening act than Taylor’s partner in crime; they’re friends delighted to be on the road together, and together their performances rang far more true as a double billing. The show began with an appearance …, June 29, 2018concerts reviewsjames-taylor
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt deliver playful, electric show at the ‘X’StarTribune By Jon Bream This rarely happens at a big-time arena concert: The headliner comes out at the beginning and introduces the equally famous opening act. James Taylor made an exception on Friday at Xcel Energy Center, taking the stage to welcome “my dear friend, my idol” Bonnie Raitt, who certainly needs no introduction. However, Raitt missed the opening leg of her spring/summer tour with Taylor due to emergency surgery. Friday marked her first night on the road. Raitt, 68, …June 22, 2018concertsjames-taylor
Pop Quiz: Bonnie Raitt reveals the song that makes her shiverBy Aidin Vaziri Bonnie Raitt, whose hits include “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Something to Talk About,” will spend most of this year away from her Marin County home, playing a mix of solo shows and stadium co-headliners with James Taylor. But the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plans to make time for a couple of benefit concerts along the way, like the one she’s doing for the Tipping Point’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund at the …, March 17, 2018benefits interview
Bonnie Raitt interview: Catching up with the Northern California music legendBy Jim Harrington | | Bay Area News Group More than 40 years after scoring her first hit with 1977’s “Runaway,” Bay Area music legend Bonnie Raitt is still making some of the most intriguing and engaging music of her career. That’s pretty clear from listening to the recent offering “Dig in Deep,” which finds Raitt taking the album’s title to heart — and digging in very deep — on a dozen solid tunes that range from blues rockers …March 13, 2018interview
International Folk Alliance Kicks Off 30-Year Celebration With Awards ShowWritten By Lynne Margolis The most moving moment of the awards show that kicked off the 30th annual Folk Alliance International conference Wednesday night in Kansas City, Missouri, was a 49-year-old concert clip featuring an artist who passed away five years ago. The artist was Richie Havens. The clip, of course, was from his unplanned festival-opening set at Woodstock — a set that was supposed to last 20 minutes, but wound up running over three hours because the slated bands …February 15, 2018awardspeoples-voice-award
Turning The Tables Listening Party: Women Of Roots And Americana                             FROM Ann Powers On this episode of World Cafe, we discuss Bonnie Raitt’s 1989 release Nick of Time. In July , NPR Music published Turning The Tables, its list of The 150 Greatest Albums By Women released during the “classic album era,” defined as 1964-2016. Our occasional listening parties bring together voters to discuss some of their favorites from the list. Today, we’re diving into the roots and Americana side of the list by spending some time with two …December 1, 2017reviewsnick-of-time
Little Kids Rock Honors Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raittby Rob LeDonne Little Kids Rock founder David Fish said it best: "The world is a f--ked up place right now," he noted on stage at New York's Playstation Theater last night. "But in these days of discord, dissonance and distraction, I'm constantly reminded by a truth that is as old as the human family itself: music can bring people together in ways that virtually nothing else can." Honoree Bonnie Raitt speaks onstage during the Little Kids Rock Benefit 2017 …, , October 19, 2017awards benefits concertslittle-kids-rock
Bonnie Raitt ‘savors every moment’ at Alberta Bair TheaterBy Jaci Webb   With all her swagger and soul, Bonnie Raitt won over a packed house Wednesday at the Alberta Bair Theater, giving her first performance here in over two decades. Raitt praised the venue and the fans, who gave her multiple standing ovations, including one when she appeared on stage. “This is part theater, part club,” Raitt said. “It’s a great house.” Nobody sings a better heartache song than Raitt. She has a scratch to her voice that …September 7, 2017concerts
Review: James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt deliver summer night delight at DTEBy Gary Graff,, @GraffonMusic on Twitter INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- “You got your hands on the right ticket,” James Taylor told the DTE Energy Music Theatre crowd at the start of his concert there with Bonnie Raitt on Tuesday night, Aug. 8. And it was certainly hard to argue otherwise. A pair of veteran, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted performers, each packing a lengthy repertoire of enduring material, is, after all, the perfect formula for a summer amphitheater show. …, August 9, 2017concerts reviewsjames-taylor
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt Make a Perfect Fit at Toyota CenterBy Jack Gorman James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt Toyota Center August 1, 2017 Houstonians had other entertainment options other than live music on a Tuesday night, with the red-hot Astros barreling towards the playoffs and playing at Minute Maid just up LaBranch Street from Toyota Center. This was apparent, as the arena was not sold out for two legendary performers. Many fans were still wrapping up their early-bird specials as James Taylor sauntered onstage and greeted the crowd with, “Houston, welcome …, August 2, 2017concerts reviewsjames-taylor
Bonnie Raitt draws from a lifetime of musicby Andrew Dansby   Bonnie Raitt’s “Unintended Consequence of Love,” which opens her latest album, “Dig in Deep,” is obviously sung from the perspective of a woman challenging her drifting partner to reengage in their relationship. Though, as written, the song also sounds like it could be about the frustrating push/pull of the creative process with one’s muse. “Well, I hadn’t ever thought about the song that way,” Raitt says, laughing. “But now, it’s all I’ll think about. So, thanks …July 31, 2017interview
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt make a pretty good pair at PPG Paints ArenaScott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “You’re still sexy!” It was just a lone voice from the crowd, directed not at New Kids on the Block — that was two weeks ago — but James Taylor, who brought a churning urn of burning funk to the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night. The set-up for that come-on was Taylor backing the song “Sunny Skies” with a video of him frolicking around with lovable pug. “Shameless footage of a dog,” he said …, July 16, 2017concerts reviewsjames-taylor
Taylor and Raitt strike a harmonious note in Newarkby Jay Lustig, Special to The Record   © Michael Karas /   James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt’s first show together was in 1970, at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. He headlined and she, still a junior at Radcliffe College, opened. Their paths have continued to cross over the years. Most famously, perhaps, they both performed at the “No Nukes” protest concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979. And on Thursday night, Taylor, 69, and Raitt, 67, kicked off a …, , July 7, 2017concerts reviews video mediajames-taylor newark
Review: James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt dazzle Tanglewood crowd  By Chris Dondoros Special to The Republican As any concertgoer who has watched James Taylor perform at Tanglewood over the course of his four-decade relationship with the venue may know all too well, it isn’t truly summer in the Berkshires until “JT” comes to town. The renowned singer, songwriter and arguably the Berkshires’ most vocal fan returned to Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed on Monday and Tuesday night for what has developed into an annual tradition, with a pair of …, , July 5, 2017concerts friends reviewsjames-taylor tanglewood
‘In this moment:’ James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will take the stage at TanglewoodBy Clarence Fanto, Special to The Eagle LENOX — At some point during his Tanglewood shows on Monday and Tuesday night, James Taylor will bring on a surprise guest to share the spotlight before a capacity crowd of about 18,000 ardent fans. Singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, an old friend of Taylor’s since they first performed together in Cambridge in 1970 when she was a Harvard junior and a newly minted blues singer, is a natural for a joint appearance, since they …July 1, 2017eventjames-taylor tanglewood
Bonnie Raitt Live in Edmonton June 17th 2017by acidica        Saturday night I went to the Bonnie Raitt show at the Jubilee Auditorium here in Edmonton. This was my second time seeing Bonnie in concert. The first time I saw here was in 1998 when she opened for Eric Clapton here. In my opinion she stole the show, I always said I would go see her perform again. Well, almost twenty years later I got my chance, this time with her headlining on her “Dig In Deep …, June 22, 2017concerts reviews
Road warriors James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt team up this summerBy Leanne Italie, The Associated Press   NEW YORK — James Taylor might just be the happiest road warrior touring today, so what makes him happier? Bringing on old friend Bonnie Raitt this summer for concerts that include the ultimate in Americana, some of the country’s most storied baseball parks. “I’ve loved her music and her for a long, long time,” Taylor told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “I’ve interacted with Bonnie, and happily so, at numerous benefits …June 12, 2017interviewjames-taylor
Living legend Bonnie Raitt slides into VancouverStuart Derdeyn   Bonnie Raitt June 19, 8 p.m. | Queen Elizabeth Theatre Tickets and info: From $79.50 at     Bonnie Raitt wants to set the record straight. It seems somewhat unnecessary. When you have 10 Grammy Awards lined up in a row on your mantle and your most recent album Dig In Deep debuted at #10 on the Billboard Album Charts, does it matter if you get called a blues woman, folk rocker or roots artist or …June 10, 2017interviewcanada
ROCKINGHAM: Bonnie Raitt still bringing on those tears … like a poster of an old rodeoBy Graham Rockingham   I last saw Bonnie Raitt 19 years ago in Vancouver. I remember it well. Her version of “Angel from Montgomery” was so moving it brought tears to my eyes. At the time, I thought it probably had to do with the fact that she had Sarah McLachlan and Bryan Adams singing back up vocals with her on the John Prine classic. On Tuesday night at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Concert Hall, I learned different. There were no A-list …, June 7, 2017concerts reviewscanada
Bonnie Raitt learned her craft from country blues greatsBy Nick Krewen The singer-songwriter, who will return to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on June 9, says she wasn’t aware of how much impact she’s made during her career. A master of the Stratocaster, 10-time Grammy Award recipient Bonnie Raitt has always been perceived as a trail-blazing role model who inspires female musicians to pick up the guitar and express their individuality. But it was just four years ago that the 67-year-old Raitt, who returns to the …June 3, 2017interviewcanada
Veteran musician Bonnie Raitt says the secret to her longevity is staying in the grooves she lovesBy Joe Belanger, The London Free Press   Forty-seven years later and Bonnie Raitt is still rocking. The 67-year-old blues, rock and roots star whose music, voice and guitar prowess continue to inspire new generations of performers, is at Centennial Hall Saturday with special guest Royal Wood. Hers is a career bolstered by several hit singles — Something to Talk About, Love Sneakin’ Up on You and the ballad I Can’t Make You Love Me. She can also boast 11 …June 2, 2017interviewcanada
Bonnie Raitt charms NAC audienceLynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen Like most touring artists, blues legend Bonnie Raitt has a recent album to promote – the excellent Dig In Deep – but she did a lot more than flaunt a batch of new songs during a wonderful concert at the National Arts Centre on Thursday. The red-haired singer/guitarist not only paid tribute to her influences, from Little Feat to John Lee Hooker, and rolled out her biggest hits, including Something to Talk About and Thing Called …, June 2, 2017concerts reviewscanada
Bonnie Raitt: Queen of Bottleneck Guitar (and run-on sentences)Waterloo Region Record By Joel Rubinoff She’s as down-to-earth and humble as you might imagine, as thoughtful and intelligent as the blues-roots-rock hybrid she’s been playing for almost 50 years. But the most distinctive thing about Bonnie Raitt is that she talks in long, mellifluous, perfectly parsed run-on sentences — without any periods. “I wouldn’t call it an overnight success,” she responds when I ask how it felt to become a superstar at 40 with her 1989 Grammy-winning album, “Nick …June 2, 2017interviewcanada
Bonnie Raitt still giving them ‘Something To Talk About’By Graham Rockingham Back during the height of her career — shortly after she swept the 1990 Grammys with her breakthrough album “Nick of Time” — Bonnie Raitt found herself inundated with demo tapes from aspiring songwriters. So much so, that Raitt used to position boxes of tapes throughout various places in her house, always near a portable cassette deck. She had a box in her kitchen, another in her bathroom, each one containing dozens of tapes. Perhaps one would …May 27, 2017interviewcanada eikhard
How Bonnie Raitt’s pursuit of the blues led her to world musicProducer April Peavey The phrase “world music” was first coined as a marketing term about 30 years ago. Initially it was just a way to organize music from around the globe so people could find it and buy it. Since then, a lot of people have developed a dislike for the term; critics say it ghettoizes foreign music, dividing musical genres into a small “us” and a very broad “them.” tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to …May 25, 2017interviewafropop world-music
James “Hutch” Hutchinson – Groove RoyaltyJames “Hutch” Hutchinson is respected far and wide for his musical versatility and long experience playing with top-tier acts. After taking some classes at the Berklee College of Music while gigging in bands around Boston, the 17 year old decided to head out west to the San Francisco Bay Area.  He jumped at opportunities to play on sessions with Link Wray’s band and with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart which lead to an opportunity to join the Quicksilver Messenger Service …May 18, 2017friendshutch-hutchinson
The Last Word: Bonnie Raitt on Blues Heroes, Father John Misty, Trump ‘Dismay’By Patrick Doyle Bonnie Raitt was a little nervous before she and James Taylor played Boston’s Fenway Park in 2015, a venue bigger than she’s used to performing at. “The sound was great. I saw what a difference those high-def screens make. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house. It wasn’t alienating for people. It was such a great event, to put us two old fogies together.” This summer, the two will hit more stadiums, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and …May 12, 2017interview
Recharged Bonnie Raitt digs in deep for latest tourby Bill Brownstein There’s just no stopping Bonnie Raitt. The level of consistency she brings to just about every album and concert is almost unparalleled in a business where so many artists of her era have ceased to create new music, opting instead to rely on their greatest hits. Raitt has just released her 20th disc, Dig in Deep, and not only does she continue to evolve as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, but once again her music is able to mellow the …May 10, 2017interview
Southern Documentary Project ‘Shake ‘Em On Down’ focuses on Fred McDowell’s bottleneck blues with Bonnie RaittShake ‘Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell A Documentary Film by Joe York & Scott Barretta B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf. When it comes to Delta blues, there’s no shortage of well-known names to cite. But there’s another region — and other musicians — to credit for Mississippi’s state-line-road-sign claim, “Birthplace of America’s Music.” One such example: North Mississippi’s Fred McDowell. And thanks to a recent documentary by now-independent producer and director Joe York …, April 18, 2017friends moviesdick-waterman mississippi-fred-mcdowell
Almost 50 years and 20 albums on with Bonnie RaittBy Anna Wilson Trying to track both the recording and touring history of Bonnie Raitt is like trying to track the history of the British monarchy – it’s extensive, involved and incredibly successful.   The American blues singer has toured extensively for nearly ten months out of each year she’s been active, won ten Grammy Awards and released an arsenal of material. Last year’s Dig In Deep was the singer’s 20th album release, an addition to a discography that includes …April 3, 2017concertsaustralia dig-in-deep-tour
Bonnie’s the boss: Raitt rocks out the Blaisdell Concert HallBy Sjarif Goldstein © Kat Wade   Success is a wonderful thing, but too much success can be a curse of sorts. When veteran musical artists who are defined by their hits go out on tour, they are often beholden to those signature songs. Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant famously once told the Los Angeles Times that his band’s iconic “Stairway to Heaven” makes him “break out in hives.” But “the hits” are so often all fans want to …, March 26, 2017concerts reviewshawaii
Touring Hawaii, Bonnie Raitt Shares Roots in Activism and Philanthropy on HPR’s ATCBy Dave Lawrence For decades, Bonnie Raitt has mixed her passion for music with philanthropy and activism. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend is continuing the tour for her 2016 release Dig In Deep with dates Friday at the MACC and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall before heading… deeper… into the Asia Pacific. She explored how her family musical and Quaker roots have influenced a lifetime of music and giving back with HPR All Things Considered Host …March 23, 2017interviewhawaii
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF TOM HAYDEN: A COMMITTED MANREMEMBERING TOM HAYDEN Jane Fonda Tom died last October surrounded by people who loved him. For the last 4 months, Tom’s widow Barbara Williams, Troy Garity, my son with Tom, and I have been working together to create a memorial that honored and celebrated Tom’s 6 decades of commitment to peace, justice and democracy.  In the course of preparing the memorial, I reread many of his books and speeches, watched films, news footage and interviews of Tom that Troy and …, March 2, 2017activism eventjane-fonda tom-hayden
Bonnie Raitt comes full circle in return desert engagementBruce Fessier , The Desert Sun Many activists from the 1960s and ’70s grew up never trusting anyone over 30. Not Bonnie Raitt. Raitt, 66, one of just a handful of artists to make Rolling Stone’s list of top 100 singers and its top 100 guitarists of all time, grew up listening to her parents. She emulated her late father, musical theatre legend John Raitt. Bonnie Raitt will perform Saturday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio in what will …February 15, 2017interview
Bonnie Raitt Performs For Mavis Staples At 39th Annual Kennedy Center HonorsThe annual ceremony, which was hosted by The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert and attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Dec. 4, paid tribute to the 2016 honorees: pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor. Bonnie Raitt joined a handful of other stars in honoring legendary blues singer Mavis Staples at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors.Backed by a full gospel choir, Raitt and …, , December 27, 2016awards event friendskennedy-center-honors
Mighty Tight WomanIssue 95, Winter 2016 By  Jewly Hight I was halfway through college in South Florida when somebody burned me a copy of Luck of the Draw, Bonnie Raitt’s album released in 1991, by then a decade old. Trying not to disturb my roommates, I lay in bed listening through headphones, taken with how appealing this artist made adulthood sound—like she was sure on her feet, felt comfortable in her skin, and actually found it freeing, even fun, to act her …December 22, 2016interview
Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz and Joel Rafael Donate over $85k to Standing RockVincent Schilling Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Joel Rafael and John Trudell’s Bad Dog donated over $85k to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this week from proceeds and donations from their November 27 benefit concert at the Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, seven miles from Oceti Sakowin Camp. The benefit concert sold over 1,500 tickets to the general public and provided 800 free tickets to the Standing Rock community and water protectors. In addition to the money …, , December 14, 2016activism benefits concertsactivism standing-rock
Bonnie Raitt, the blues diva, delivers in New OrleansBy Doug MacCash Blues diva Bonnie Raitt’s performance at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on Saturday night (Nov. 5) was impeccable. Her voice was clear and penetrating, yet emotionally quavering. Her electric slide guitar was sharp yet supple, her acoustic picking and strumming were precise. And her gracious persona made the huge Italianate auditorium seem intimate. In the course of the night, Raitt thanked dozens of fellow musicians and others for their inspiration or support. Among the mentioned were: Quint …, November 7, 2016concerts reviews
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” : A 25th Anniversary Oral Historyby Ryan Leas The year Bonnie Raitt turned 40, she became a pop star. Judging against most people’s careers, Raitt had already lived a pretty full life. There were a bunch of records in her discography; she had been dropped by Warner Bros.; she had gotten sober. She already had a story. Having been performing and releasing music since the early ’70s, she had gradually accrued devoted fans and critical praise, though little commercial success on a mainstream level. It’s …, October 27, 2016interview reviews
Bonnie Raitt talks backby: Alison Fensterstock   Bonnie Raitt scooped up her tenth overall career Grammy award, for best Americana album, with 2012’s Slipstream, her first studio release since 2005. Celebrated by critics as one of the finest in her 40-year career, the project followed a tough string of personal losses: Both of Raitt’s parents passed away in 2004 and 2005, followed by her older brother in 2009. Energized by the two-year Slipstream tour and the album’s overall success, the veteran guitar slinger …October 25, 2016interviewmagazine
Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2016 induction ceremony a huge success  Last night we were thrilled to induct three giants of American music into the third annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame: B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson. The evening featured one-of- a-kind music performances and tributes from Willie Nelson, Billy Gibbons, Mavis Staples, Rodney Crowell, Gary Clark Jr., Taj Mahal, B.B. King’s Blues Band and Eve Monsees. Bill Stotesbery, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS CEO and Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits welcomed to the crowd to …October 13, 2016awardsaustin-city-limits-hall-of-fame
Bonnie Raitt Goes to Bed-StuyBy Nick Paumgarten   “I’ve never even been to Bed-Stuy before,” Bonnie Raitt said. She was at the deep end of Bar LunÀtico, which is owned by her friend Richard Julian, a singer and songwriter. A few years ago, Julian, amid the ongoing struggle of trying to make a living in the music business, decided to diversify, so he bought a building in Brooklyn, moved in upstairs with his wife and child, and turned the ground floor into a bar, …October 12, 2016interviewnew-york
Recognizing Bonnie Raitt in the nick of timeCindy Lange-Kubick | Lincoln Journal Star   The customer wore granny glasses and a floppy hat and Sydney Lynch — the woman whose rings the woman was eyeing at a San Francisco art fair — had no idea who she was. “Honestly, I talked to her for 20 minutes before the light bulb went on.” On Tuesday night, the Lincoln jewelry maker met Bonnie Raitt for a second time, backstage after the blues rocker with a voice of gold wowed …September 11, 2016interviewring
Bonnie Raitt “the Great” radiant at Red RocksBy Colleen Smith Bonnie Raitt’s birthday falls on Election Day, so it was no surprise that last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Raitt continued her hallmark activism with several progressive political statements. “Make me happy on my birthday!” she shouted, and announced that nonpartisan HeadCount was on-site to register voters. Raitt was in appreciative spirits and good humor, super connected to her fans. “Thanks for giving up football for us,” she said, a nod to the Denver Broncos’ rematch of …, September 9, 2016concerts reviewsred-rocks-amphitheater
Bonnie Raitt gives ’em something to feel good aboutL. KENT WOLGAMOTT Lincoln Journal Star Bonnie Raitt sat on a stool in the middle of the Pinewood Bowl stage Tuesday, getting ready to play an out-there version of J.B. Lenoir’s “Round and Round.” But before she could kick off the blues, she had to wipe down the neck of her acoustic guitar. “It’s moist here in Nebraska,” Raitt said. “I thought it was dry.” That got some quips from the 3,500 who were able connect with Raitt from the …, September 6, 2016concerts reviewsdig-in-deep-tour
Bonnie Raitt looking forward to playing Pinewood BowlL. KENT WOLGAMOTT Lincoln Journal Star Bonnie Raitt wanted to know about Pinewood Bowl. Told that the amphitheater in Pioneers Park was built after World War II, is now surrounded by trees, but has only been used for concerts for five years, Raitt said she was eager to get to Lincoln for Tuesday’s show. “I’m looking forward to playing this beautiful, as they call it, a jewel of an amphitheater,” she said. “It’s going to be really fun to see …September 2, 2016interviewdig-in-deep-tour
Bonnie Raitt still rules the world — and Meijer Gardens — with exquisite, inspiring displayby John Sinkevics The Grammy-winning guitarist and singer wowed a capacity crowd in her return to Grand Rapids, with another legendary guitarist, Richard Thompson, adding to the star-studded night. The inimitable Bonnie Raitt sets the bar remarkably high whenever she tours, unfurling spellbinding vocals and classic slide-guitar riffs backed by a top-drawer band that oozes upbeat camaraderie and professionalism. Not only that, but her performances at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park over the years have paired her with living …, September 1, 2016concerts reviewsrichard-thompson
Dancing A Deep CircleBy Web Behrens, Regardless of the genre they ultimately become associated with, most musicians worth their salt can cite a varied list of influences that helped create the performer they’ve become. And surely Bonnie Raitt’s list is as eclectic as they come. Considering the wide array of labels used on her music—from blues to pop, roots to rock—the 10-time Grammy winner and multiplatinum powerhouse could easily teach a course on the history of 20th-century American music. Of course, rather than …August 16, 2016interviewravinia
Bonnie Raitt Just Keeps Getting BetterBy Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News   Only so long you can keep this charade Before they wake up and see they’ve been played Too many people with their livin’ at stake Ain’t gonna take it. The comin’ round is going through The comin’ round is going through. It’s not often a single stanza can sum up a whole political system. But those words from Bonnie Raitt ring truer every day as this pathetic “selection” season lurches ever deeper into …August 16, 2016reviews
A Love Letter To My Other Womanby Joe Galliani, aka the Creative Greenius Follow @creativegreeniu This is my love letter to Bonnie Raitt – the other woman in my life. I am here in Santa Barbara with Deb, celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary, having driven up the coast 100 miles from our home in Redondo Beach to see Bonnie play at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Bonnie doesn’t know I’m here. I didn’t let her know I was coming. Didn’t even send her a text or leave …, , July 30, 2016activism concerts friendsclimate fan
Throwback Thursday: Bonnie RaittBy Paste Staff Every Thursday, we dig through the Paste Cloud archives to revisit some of our favorite old concert videos and audio. This week, we’ve got material from Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie Raitt: Live at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 1989 More Bonnie Raitt at Music Vault: Subscribe to Music Vault: Bonnie’s band: Johnny Lee Schell – guitar, trombone James “Hutch” Hutchinson – bass Walt Richmond – keyboards Tony Braunagel – drums Marty Grebb – keyboards, saxophone Setlist: …, July 14, 2016concerts video media
Bonnie Raitt did what she does best at Hammersmith Apollo – reviewby James Lachno American singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt is one of the most consistent and acclaimed country performers of the past five decades. Here, on her first UK jaunt in three years, the 66-year-old demonstrated that she’s keeping on keeping on. This two-hour set was a rollicking good ol’ showcase of Raitt’s great talent – and perhaps her limitations. Yes, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s inimitable husky timbre, her singular, superlative slide-guitar skills and her convivial Californian …, June 2, 2016concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt on The Music ShowPresented by Andrew Ford Legendary R’n’B musician and one of the most important slide players on the blues circuit. Bonnie Raitt is a multi award winning blues and roots musician but eschews pigeonholing. Her new album Dig in Deep includes covers of INXS and T-Bone Burnett and a collaboration with the master producer Joe Henry. In this wide-ranging chat Bonnie does a whip through of the great roots players in the business and has a few words to say on …May 22, 2016interview
Bonnie Raitt And The Ghosts Of The Ryman Auditoriumby Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib “You know there are ghosts in there. They don’t tell you about the ghosts when you take the tour.” In the back of a taxi in Nashville, I am listening to a story from an eager taxi driver about the Ryman Auditorium – the “true story,” he said. “The one they won’t tell you when you walk inside.” Businessman Thomas Ryman and preacher Samuel Porter Jones fought long and hard for the soul of Nashville in the …, May 10, 2016concerts reviews
Diggin’ Deep with Bonnie Raittby Maranda Pleasant Maranda Pleasant: You’ve done so much with conservation. You’re a heroine for so many who work in conservation, and with endangered species. You donate so much of your time. Is there something that makes it personal for you? Bonnie Raitt: There are so many people out there working with great grassroots and global and national organizations that are unsung heroes to me. And those of us with a microphone who are blessed with the gift of being …April 26, 2016interviewmagazine
15 minutes with Bonnie RaittGRANT SMITHIES Bonnie Raitt: “Our political system is broken, and I’m mad about it”. Now 66, Bonnie Raitt is an American blues singer and bottleneck slide guitarist, based in LA. Her 20th album Dig In Deep has just been released on her own label, Redwing Records, featuring backing from her long-time touring road band. Interview by Grant Smithies. The new record’s been very well received by critics. What’s special, do you think, about Dig In Deep? “Yeah, and it’s been …April 24, 2016interview
Bonnie Raitt and the Fugitive Emotions Evoked by Slide GuitarBy Paul Elie Bonnie Raitt has dodged the crush of fame that did in the Eagles; she has beaten the devils that snared Warren Zevon, found the third act that eluded Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, tended to her vocal cords better than Joni Mitchell, escaped the undertow of the sixties that holds Crosby, Stills & Nash, and kept clear of the Rushmore-y eminence now granted Neil Young. At sixty-six, she’s the real survivor of the California rock scene of …, April 9, 2016concerts reviewsdig-in-deep-tour new-york
Bonnie Raitt: 2016by Rita Houston In the midst of a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, Bonnie Raitt sat down for a talk with me backstage. Always energetic, positive and engaged, Bonnie Raitt is a dream interview (and also one of our FUV Essentials). Her new album, Dig in Deep, finds her rocking hard on some favorite tunes and shining a light on some deserving songwriters. Her sense of humor was on fire during this chat as well. tip: …April 8, 2016interview
At 66, Bonnie Raitt still lives for those ‘ecstatic moments’ that happen on stage.                    by Michelle Lanz and Elizabeth Nonemaker | The Frame Even at the start of her career, Bonnie Raitt says she was “aiming for the long run.” It turns out her aim was pretty good: Raitt’s music spans five decades so far and, with the release of a new album, shows no sign of slowing down. “Dig in Deep,” released earlier this year, is Raitt’s 17th studio album. Later this month, Raitt and her band embark on a tour …April 5, 2016interview
With Bonnie Raitt, There’s Always One Thing to Hold on ToKate Dries I knew I was going to cry during Bonnie Raitt’s show, I just didn’t know how much. It settled at somewhere around four or five times during a two-hour set, which I’ll assume for my own benefit is an amount Raitt would be okay with, given that she was right there with me for some of those tears.    “You don’t want to have people rushing to the doors weeping,” Raitt told Entertainment Weekly of her new album, …, April 4, 2016concerts reviewsdig-in-deep-tour
Bonnie Raitt Gets Spring Fever: 5 Takeaways From Her Joyous Show at NYC’s Beacon Theaterby Thom Duffy Bonnie Raitt had gone for a walk in the park — New York’s Central Park — on this spring day, the singer told her audience at the first of her two sold-out shows Friday (April 1) at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. This Californian marveled at how New Yorkers responded to spring fever. “We’ve still got a lot of juices flowing, no matter how many decades we’ve been on this earth,” said Raitt, 66, who then proved that fact in …, , April 2, 2016concerts interview reviewsdig-in-deep-tour new-york
Headstock – Bonnie RaittWords Julian Piper  Portrait Marina Chavez “Early on, I knew if I could keep my act together, not die from taking drugs or drinking too much, then I might have some hope of a long career. All the people I looked up to, like Muddy [Waters] or jazz players, they’d all been in it for the long haul – that’s what I wanted.”    Now in her fifth decade of performing, Bonnie Raitt’s wish has certainly become a self-fulfilling prophecy. And …April 1, 2016interviewmagazine
Last Best Show: Bonnie Raitt at the OrpheumBill Brotherton “Ah spring! Are your juices flowing yet?” asked Bonnie Raitt at the start of her sensational show Tuesday night at the Orpheum. “No? Well, get ready. Here we go.” Raitt smiled, raised her Stratocaster “Brownie” and nudged her longtime band into a bluesy, rockin’ cover of INXS’ 1987 hit “Need You Tonight” that oozed lust and longing. “I need you tonight/Cuz I’m not sleeping. There’s something about you/That makes me sweat,” Raitt sang while the band rocked and the …March 30, 2016concerts
Concert review: Bonnie Raitt digs in deep at Heinz HallBy Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette @scottmervis_pg Rosemary Welsch interviews Bonnie Raitt Before the show Bonnie sat down with WYEP’s Rosemary Welsch to talk about her career, influences, and her new album “Dig in Deep.” tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player.   “A lot of people have been dropping,” Bonnie Raitt said Wednesday night. “Grateful to still be here — glad you are, too.” The singer-guitarist and Rock …, March 24, 2016concerts reviewsdig-in-deep-tour
Dealing with loss helped Bonnie Raitt tackle songwritingBy MESFIN FEKADU The Associated Press   NEW YORK (AP) — After back-to-back tours and albums, Bonnie Raitt said finally finding time to deal with the deaths of her father, mother and brother helped her break writer’s block and craft songs for her latest album and tour. “I don’t write often and easily …This particular time after a period of about 10 years when my family — my parents and my older brother — were all ill and passed away …, March 23, 2016interview photographydig-in-deep
Raitt On!Bonnie Raitt delivers the right stuff with new album, “Dig In Deep” By Carol Anne Szel Bonnie Raitt says what I can’t say, yet feels the way I feel. She’s like the friend you were telling all your secrets to, and she kept them, then sang about her feelings that paralleled yours. She’s won 10 Grammys and got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doing the “dirty work” of spilling out her emotions in her songs for …March 17, 2016interviewmagazine
Bonnie Raitt On Her Legacy of Playing Hard, Working HarderThe Pitch by Alex FrankContributor Bonnie Raitt has won 10 Grammys and sold millions of albumswithout wavering from her artistic instincts and integrity. After nearly five decades of combining blues, country, and folk into a signature mix, Raitt shows no signs of slowing down now, at age 66. She released her 20th studio album, Dig In Deep, last month; like many of her beloved LPs, it’s a collection of interpretations of others’ songs made distinctly her own, plus a handful of originals. Raitt began her career …March 17, 2016interview
Bonnie Raitt shows sold-out Richmond crowd she’s still at the top of her gameBY HAYS DAVIS Special correspondent If Bonnie Raitt’s late-’80s success seemed particularly sweet nearly 20 years into her career, Thursday night’s show at the Carpenter Theatre was evidence that her late-blooming popularity has never waned. Along with the Richmond performance being the first night of her tour, it was also one of a number of sold-out dates. In her set’s opening minutes, who would have imagined INXS’s “Need You Tonight” as a platform for a slide-guitar showcase? In Raitt’s hands, …, March 11, 2016concerts reviewsdig-in-deep-tour
Listen to Bonnie Raitt on The Strombo Show – March 6, 2016The Strombo Show runs the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order. It’s a show for music lovers by music lovers, ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new. George Stroumboulopoulos will be joined by the Grammy Award-winning, blues-rock guitarist Bonnie Raitt for an intimate conversation. Bonnie Raitt talks about the US Election, Saturday Night Live and that unreleased Prince album. “Well, that …March 7, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
The Lenny Interview: Bonnie RaittBy Brittany Spanos Mar 4, 2014 As I morphed into a preteen and began forming my own taste in music — which meant anything that my family did not love — Bonnie Raitt was one of the few artists I could never turn off. Her songs would play on my grandpa’s classic-rock station, and the slick sound of her guitar playing, the rasp of her singing voice, and the sheer fact that I was hearing a woman on that station …March 4, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
Excellenceby Art Tipaldi Watching the Kennedy Center Honors is my yearly ritual. Thus far, two blues giants have been honored on that night, B.B. King in 1995 and Buddy Guy in 2012. And Bonnie Raitt is the one musician who was enlisted to fete both men on this distinguished evening. My question is: When will Bonnie be likewise honored?       She is already in the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame, is a ten time Grammy winner, and received …March 1, 2016interview
Bonnie Raitt: Slide Guitar Legend Digs in Deep and Speaks Out About Fair PayBlues legend, accomplished guitarist, and Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Bonnie Raitt was fortunate to have early opportunities to play with legends of the genre. Throughout her career, the singer songwriter has never been shy about standing up for causes she believes in. For the daughter of musicians John Raitt and Marge Goddard, both music and social activism are in her blood. Though Raitt started guitar lessons at age eight, her real passion didn’t begin until a few years …February 29, 2016interviewamerican-federation-of-musicians magazine
Bonnie Raitt in Magnetic Form Once Again with ‘Dig In Deep’  February 29, 2016 Bonnie Raitt Dig In Deep Redwing [Download Here | Stream Below] No one sounds like Bonnie Raitt. No one ever has, no one ever will. Across her five decades long career, the combination of Raitt’s soulful, crystalline voice, virtuoso slide guitar prowess, and steadfast devotion to the blues has remained truly unique, rendering any and all comparisons to her singular style and sound futile. With an unparalleled dedication to her craft that, quite remarkably, intensifies with …February 29, 2016reviewsdig-in-deep
How Bonnie Raitt Overcame Loss for Her First LP of New Songs in a DecadeBy Patrick Doyle February 26, 2016 “I love that double-time shit!” says Bonnie Raitt, grinning behind a piano. The singer-guitarist has just led her longtime band through a furious impromptu take on Ray Charles’ “Mess Around.” Raitt, 66, has a reputation as a tenacious perfectionist, but today at her rehearsal studio in North Hollywood, she’s loose and mischievous. At one point, she sets aside a sheet of lyrics for a new ballad to prove she doesn’t need them – but then …February 26, 2016interview
Parting Shots: Bonnie Raittby Dean Budnick Bonnie Raitt has just released her 20th album, the spirited, engaging Dig in Deep. Her follow-up to 2012’s Grammy-winning Slipstream, Dig in Deep captures the vibrant, joyous energy of Raitt’s touring band and directly reflects her outlook through five original songs, which is the most she has written for an album since 1998’s Fundamental. Raitt issued Dig in Deep on her independent Redwing label and has long maintained an active role in the business side of her career. …February 26, 2016interviewdig-in-deep mississippi-fred-mcdowell
Bonnie Raitt is riding a creative burst after recent personal lossesby Randy Lewis FEBRUARY 25, 2016 Some musicians can steal a show. But in the case of Bonnie Raitt’s recent run of appearances surrounding the Grammy Awards, it was less a case of theft than a claim of ownership. There she was confidently taking over the stage in midst of the Grammys’ tribute to blues master B.B. King — following perhaps the hottest singer in country music, Chris Stapleton, and Gary Clark Jr., one of the most lauded guitarists of …February 25, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
Bonnie Raitt on Time, Loss and Renewal on ‘Dig in Deep’By NATE CHINEN “The Ones We Couldn’t Be,” the final track on Bonnie Raitt’s soul-rattling new album, “Dig in Deep,” is a rueful hymn to what might have been. “My glass is raised for all the ways/We tried to get it right,” she sings, sifting through the remnants of a relationship that could be romantic or familial. Ms. Raitt, 66, has long had a knack for conveying the voice of experience, as a bottleneck guitar hero and a singer-songwriter steeped …February 23, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
Bonnie Raitt Picks Her 10 Favorite Duets2/22/2016 by David Ritz The blues artist estimates that she has guested on more than 100 songs. Her shortlist of the most unforgettable — with apologies to those left off the list. “I’m in the Mood,” with John Lee Hooker (1989) This collaboration won a Grammy for best traditional blues recording, but that’s not why it ranks among Raitt‘s favorites: “I shared musical heat with John Lee Hooker.” “Someone To Love,” with Charles Brown (1992) Her duet with the famed blues singer …, February 22, 2016interview video mediaduets
Bonnie Raitt digs in deep, in music and conversationBy George Varga | Feb. 20, 2016 Bonnie Raitt was a precocious 21-year-old blues devotee when she recorded her self-titled debut album in 1971. Today, 10 Grammy Awards and 19 often splendid albums later, she remains a tireless champion of American roots-music — and one of its most vital performers. She is also a beloved inspiration to a broad array of her fellow performers. Her admirers include such 2016 Grammy Award telecast performers as Adele, San Diego’s Andra Day and …February 20, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
Bonnie Raitt on Channeling the ‘Dark Stuff’ For Her New Album and Why She Likes That Bernie Sanders Is Putting Hillary Clinton’s ‘Feet to the Fire’by David Ritz | 2/19/2016 In 2010, Bonnie Raitt was struggling with the loss of her brother and both of her parents. Now, 40-plus years into her career, she has channeled ‘the dark stuff’ into her most personal album. Before B.B. King‘s May 2015 death, the famed guitarist-singer-songwriter ­reminisced in his last interview about the artists — T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters — who made lasting ­impressions on his life. “Add Bonnie Raitt to that list,” the 89-year-old said. …, , February 19, 2016cd interview photography mediadig-in-deep
First Listen: Bonnie Raitt, ‘Dig In Deep’by Jewly Hight | February 18, 2016                     Bonnie Raitt’s new album, Dig In Deep, comes out Feb. 26. A few years back, both Adele and Bon Iver invoked Bonnie Raitt‘s adult-pop sophistication with their wistful covers of Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a ballad she’d made famous at her early-’90s commercial peak. It was a reminder of the influence that Raitt’s full-grown insight has exerted on many …, February 18, 2016cd reviews mediadig-in-deep
Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt Helm B.B. King Grammy TributeBy Jon Blistein February 15, 2016 Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr.  helmed a six-string salute to blues great B.B. King with a performance of “The Thrill is Gone” at the 58th Grammy Awards Monday.   The breakout country star and blues hotshot opened the performance, trading vocals, and, more importantly, solos, before Raitt sidled in between them with a devastating slide-guitar run. The trio then each sang a line of the song’s final verse and made one last trip across …, February 16, 2016event friendsbb-king tribute
Americana acts salute Glenn Frey, Eagles, at Troubadourby Randy Lewis Beyond the many individual inspired renditions of Eagles songs delivered Saturday at the Americana Music Assn.’s tribute to Glenn Frey, perhaps the biggest service the assemblage served up was the opportunity to hear those songs with fresh ears. Divorced this evening from the original recordings that have been played endlessly over the last 40 years, the quality of the songwriting at the heart of the band’s phenomenal success emerged in sharper relief in the hands and voices …, February 14, 2016event reviewsglenn-frey
Bonnie Raitt, Lee Ann Womack and Others Salute Glenn Frey at Troubadour Tribute2/14/2016 by Chris Willman The loss of Glenn Frey is a heartache worth at least two nights. In advance of Monday’s Grammy telecast salute to the Eagles’ co-frontman, the Americana Music Association presented its own tribute to the singer Saturday night at the Troubadour, the “Sad Café” where the original Eagles first found one another roughly 45 years ago. “This was the place where the s— happened, night after night,” said photographer Henry Diltz, who reminisced about the band’s fateful …, , February 14, 2016concerts event friendstribute
Bonnie Raitt: One Life To LiveWritten By Geoffrey Himes // February 9, 2016 “I Knew,” the third song from Bonnie Raitt’s new album, Dig In Deep, begins with her longtime band punching out a funky groove, but the singer’s slide guitar hovers uncertainly, as if pondering its next move. The red-headed singer’s huge soprano also seems undecided, unsure whether she can keep going in the face of so much loss. “Time ain’t never healed the wound,” she sings with a world-weary sigh, “can’t think of …February 9, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
Americana Music Association UK Produces First Awards ShowThe UK Americana Awards, slated to be an annual event, closed out two days of festivities at this year’s Americana Music Association UK conference. In a night celebrating the vibrant Americana scene, an audience of guests, AMA-UK delegates, members of the music industry, and the public were treated to performances from Billy Bragg, Danny & The Champions of The World, Bear’s Den, The Dreaming Spires, Lewis & Leigh, Emily Barker, Robert Vincent, Gretchen Peters, and Cale Tyson. Danny & The …, February 5, 2016event interviewamauk
Bonnie had a fantastic chat with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2. Have a listen!Bonnie had a fantastic chat with Simon Mayo on his Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2. tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player. Bonnie Raitt is live in the studio talking to Simon about her twentieth studio album, ‘Dig In Deep’ as well as her UK tour in May which takes in Manchester, Gateshead, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Bristol. Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer, songwriter and …February 2, 2016interviewbbc-radio
Bonnie Raitt Talks About ‘Dig In Deep,’ Life on the Road, Hijacked Elections and the ‘Wrenching Awareness’ of Wisdom With Age1/8/2016 by Thom Duffy “The kind of music I do is not for sissies,” quips Bonnie Raitt, the veteran multi-Grammy-winning singer, whose blues-rock slide guitar is as fiery as her red mane. “I mean, I love singing heartbreak ballads, and really intelligent singer-songwriter songs,” continues Raitt, 66, whose 20th album Dig in Deep, out Feb. 26, contains a rich share of both.  “But when you do those R&B and rock ’n’ roll songs, that’s the reason I’m out here doing this.  …January 8, 2016interviewdig-in-deep
Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash Continue No Nukes Advocacy As Paris Climate Talks Wind Down12/11/2015 by Thom Duffy Bonnie Raitt—who co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and others—has roundly rejected pro-nuclear-power arguments heard during the Paris climate talks. A longtime environmental activist, Raitt reacted to recent commentaries in the New York Times and the Guardian newspapers, calling for a reconsideration of nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source to combat climate change. NPR reported on the rise in nuclear power advocacy in Paris in a Dec. 1 interview with …December 11, 2015activismactivism muse
Eric Kaz: Rocked by Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Rick Danko, Moreby Gary Stoller – column: Best I’ve Ever Seen Eric Kaz tells me his new collection of songs — which he hopes to have available in January at — represents a milestone. “This was the first time in my recording career that I’ve been completely satisfied with my own performance,” he says. That’s quite a dramatic statement from the longtime songwriter and musician whose songs have been recorded and performed by some of the music industry’s biggest names. Bonnie Raitt and …November 22, 2015friendseric-kaz
BONNIE RAITT CROWD-PULLER AT NEW BLUES FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDSSuperstar Bonnie Raitt is the big crowd-puller during the first Holland International Blues Festival on 3 and 4 June 2016. Next spring, artists and aficionados will gather at the Woodstock-like festival site in Grolloo in the Dutch province of Drenthe for this two-day event entirely focussed on blues music. According to co-organiser and blues fan Johan Derksen it was about time for a festival like Holland International Blues: “This is what makes the difference between a bunch of noise and …November 20, 2015concertsfestival
Bonnie Raitt’s Bluesby: Tom Reney November 9, 2015 Bonnie Raitt’s 66th birthday was yesterday. The singer-guitarist (she qualifies as bandleader, songwriter and activist, too) was born in Burbank, CA on November 8, 1949, the daughter of the late Broadway actor John Raitt, whose major credits included Oklahoma, The Pajama Game, and Carousel. Wikipedia’s entry on Papa John (“He set the standard for virile, handsome, strong-voiced leading men during the golden age of the Broadway musical”) gives a likely hint as to why …November 9, 2015interviewdick-waterman kim-wilson mississippi-fred-mcdowell son-house
Bonnie Raitt is the queen of blues-flavoured country rockWords: David Mead   /  Portrait: Marina Chavez Every concert Bonnie Raitt plays features at least one acoustic performance – check out her mesmerising duet with Richard Thompson singing Dimming Of The Day, for instance – and so, with a new album due in February, we thought it was high time to talk about her acoustic influences. To begin with, it occurred to us that, like so many other great players, Bonnie probably started her guitar playing career on a flat …November 1, 2015interviewguitar jay-lichty
BONNIE RAITT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘DIG IN DEEP’BONNIE RAITT . October 22, 2015 On February 26, 2016, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt will release ‘Dig In Deep’, her twentieth album, on Redwing Records, her own, independent label. The record follows Bonnie’s hugely successful 2012 release ‘Slipstream’, which was one of the best-selling independent albums of 2012 and earned Bonnie a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album — her tenth career GRAMMY win. “The response to ‘Slipstream’ was such a refreshing and unexpected boost,” says Raitt. …October 21, 2015cd mediacd dig-in-deep
Bonnie Raitt Guests With Mavis Staples & Joan OsborneOn Friday night Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne kicked off the 34-date Solid Soul Tour at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Opening night of the co-headlining tour came to a climax when the pair brought out special guest Bonnie Raitt to help end the show. Osborne, Staples and Raitt combined forces on a cover of the traditional song “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” Mavis explained that the song was the first one her father, the legendary Roebuck “Pops” Staples, taught …, September 27, 2015concerts friendsmavis-staples
KAABOO Del Mar heats up with ‘girl power’ FridayBy George Varga DEL MAR — Sisters were definitely doing it for themselves Friday at KAABOO Del Mar, to paraphrase the title of a still-potent 1985 hit by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox. Indeed, it was barely mid-afternoon at the debut edition of the three-day festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds when Bay Area country-roots singer Nicki Bluhm pinpointed the core strength of KAABOO’s opening-day lineup. After she and her ace band, The Gramblers, completed their fetching ballad, “Queen of …, September 19, 2015concerts reviewskaaboo
Bonnie Raitt returns to desert for Fantasy Springs showXochitl Pena, The Desert Sun It’s been a busy two-and-a-half years since Bonnie Raitt graced a Coachella Valley stage with her slide-guitar skills and venerable talent. The 10-time Grammy winner was fresh off her latest win earning Best Americana Record for “Slipstream,” her 19th album. She was also in the middle of an international tour that took her to Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. She returns to the Coachella Valley on Sept. 19 to perform at Fantasy Springs Resort …, September 9, 2015concerts interview
First Steps: Bonnie Raitt ‘Bonnie Raitt’: Roots Music in the Makingby Brian Miller Bonnie Raitt’s self-titled 1971 debut album showed more than promise: why she’s now one of the top female blues/roots artists was evident in every track. She’s been called the best slide guitar player alive today. She’s been hailed as one of the top 25 blues artists of the past fifty years and she’s still going strong today. Folk singer, blues/roots performer, rock and roller, ballad weeper: Bonnie Raitt has seen it all and done it all. She …May 27, 2015biography
Bonnie Raitt Remembers B.B. King: ‘He Was a God’By David Browne | May 16, 2015 Blues guitarist B.B. King passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Here, Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to her friend, collaborator and inspiration. B.B. was a god from the first time we all heard him. You listen to those early recordings with that cry in his voice, even as a young man. I still have the 45 of “Rock Me Baby” that I wore out playing when I was a teenager. I used to sit …May 16, 2015friendsb-b-king passed-away tribute
Sideman- The Hutch Hutchinson Interview  Our interview with James “Hutch” Hutchinson, studio & ‘live’ bassist, & longtime Bonnie Raitt Band member. We experimented with Skype to bring you this long-distance interview with Hutch at his home in Los Angeles. And for the most part, we think it worked:) See for yourself. Source: The Sideman Channel  – and on April 8, 2015interviewhutch-hutchinson
Bonnie Raitt played Olivia Cruisesby Jenny BlockContributor The scene reads a bit like a fantasy that nearly every Bonnie Raitt fan has dreamt up — a small, intimate venue, where every seat is an amazing one. Bonnie Raitt and two stellar musicians take the stage with a guitar, a bass and a keyboard. That was exactly the setting on Sunday night. And to make the pot even sweeter, the venue was on Holland America Cruise Line’s ms Ryndam as part of Olivia Travel’s Thanksgiving …November 25, 2014concerts
James Taylor to perform at Fenway Park on aug.6 with Bonnie Raittby Rick Doyle James Taylor is coming to America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. Taylor and his all-star band will perform a concert Aug. 6, 2015, at Fenway Park.   Tickets to the concert go on sale Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. via This marks Taylor’s first concert at Fenway, though he has been the selection of the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball to perform the national anthem during the World Series in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Bonnie …November 13, 2014concerts
S.F. Symphony review: Spectacular celebration of Thomas’ 20 yearsBy Joshua Kosman It’s been 20 years, and Michael Tilson Thomas is still coming up with new ways to enliven the old tradition of the San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala. On Wednesday night in Davies Symphony Hall, he did it with a canny mix of guest artists and some familiar repertoire delivered in not-quite-familiar ways. This was just the kind of event – brash and unpredictable but still marked by deep seriousness – that the orchestra must have hoped to …September 4, 2014eventsan-francisco-symphony
Raitt brings legendary chops to festival openerby: Jen Zoratti BIRDS HILL PARK — Back in 2009, when the Winnipeg Folk Festival announced it would be expanding to a five-day format to accommodate the tour routing of Britpop icon Elvis Costello, it seemed like a ballsy move. Even diehard folkies were divided; would five days be too much of a good thing? Five years on, and the Wednesday night opener has become an integrated — and, for the most part, accepted — part of the festival thanks …July 9, 2014concertsamy-helm winnipeg
10 Questions With George MarinelliJune 25, 2014 by Ted Drozdowski Nashville’s George Marinelli is best known as a sideman. He’s played guitar with Americana icon Bonnie Raitt since 1993, and before that he was an original member of the literate hit-making outfit Bruce Hornsby & the Range. But Marinelli’s third solo album, the smartly arranged pop-rock venture Wild Onions, truly displays every side of his artistry. Marinelli co-wrote half its 10 songs with collaborator Rich Wayland, sang on every tune, played all the instruments …June 25, 2014interviewgeorge-marinelli
New book celebrates Mill Valley’s ‘Legendary Locals’By Paul Liberatore Marin Independent Journal After 20 years in Mill Valley, journalist Joyce Kleiner knew her idyllic little village in the redwoods was special, the hometown of rock stars and writers, artists and eccentrics, poets and politicians, activists, actors and famous folks of every stripe. But until she wrote the new book, “Legendary Locals of Mill Valley” ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing), she hadn’t really appreciated the rich traditions and culture these celebrated people, both past and present, have woven into …, May 22, 2014biography interview
Review: Bonnie Raitt shines in a night of blues, rock and folk at The GrandBy Chris Sikich The legendary Bonnie Raitt filled the intimate confines of Wilmington’s Grand Opera House with her signature mix of rock, blues and folk Tuesday night. For nearly 90 minutes, she delivered one knockout song after another, warming everyone up from the late-autumn chill and rain with her own classics, as well as a healthy dose from 2012’s covers album Slipstream. Sporting red curls that she joked were in the vein of Jessica Rabbit’s, Raitt showed off slide-guitar skills …, November 29, 2013concerts reviewspaul-brady
A look back: Bonnie Raitt gets memorable welcome to Chapel Hill in 1973By Eddie Huffmann, Special to Go Triad November 21, 2013 One fall day in 1973, Bonnie Raitt walked up Henderson Street in Chapel Hill to a curious sight outside the record store where she was scheduled to meet fans and sign albums. Perched in the bed of a Volkswagen single-cab pickup truck parked in front of the Record Bar was a group of musicians performing a Spider John Koerner song “Takin’ My Time.” “We were huge fans of Bonnie Raitt,” …November 21, 2013eventmeet-and-greet
Bonnie Raitt breaks through (Again)By Lori Hoffman •   In the late 1960s-early 70s Bonnie Raitt was a young artist on the college/folk music circuit who idolized the African American blues legends whose music she emulated — people like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sippie Wallace, Muddy Waters and Ruth Brown. Sometimes she opened for them in concert all the while developing a distinctive blues rock and pop style all her own.    For many years that made Raitt a cult favorite with albums that included …November 20, 2013interviewmagazine slipstream
Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!Lydia Hutchinson | November 8, 2013 Let’s just put aside for a moment the fact that Bonnie Raitt is one of the most important musicians of this century, showing the world that a woman can wield a guitar while holding her own alongside the legends. And let’s ignore the detail that as a singer, this whiskey-voiced performer nails every note, and will move you wherever she wants you to go—to dance, cry, laugh, or sigh. And while we’re at it, …November 8, 2013event
Bonnie Raitt’s emotional triumph in Marin CountyBy Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal AFTER BEING ON the road for most of the past two years, an emotional Bonnie Raitt sang her heart out for a sold-out hometown crowd Wednesday night, her first show in the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. “I’m so happy to be here,” she told the audience, strutting onstage, looking fighting trim in snug-fitting jeans and a glittering, rust-colored top that matched her signature red mane with its trademark silver streak. “I have so many …, October 10, 2013concerts reviewsmarin-county
Bonnie Raitt • 29 juni 2013 • Laeiszhalle Hamburg Germany– By Markus Hagner & Photo’s © – Bonnie Raitt returned finally after 7 years in 2013 to Germany for a 3 date mini tour. Her tour start was in Hamburg in the luxurious Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. The shows were still on promotion for her record “Slipstream” from 2012 for which she had gathered her 10th Grammy award. Normally such a highlight-event should be sold-out, but unfortunately not. At the Stadtpark were playing the Woodstock veterans of Crosby, Stills & …, July 2, 2013concerts reviews
Queen of the BluesBY STRATTON LAWRENCE Special to The Post and Courier The instinct to help people is ingrained in Bonnie Raitt’s DNA, likely somewhere near the gene that gives her the ability to play a mean blues guitar and sing like a soulful angel.    Even before the release of her 1971 eponymous debut, Raitt’s career track was oriented toward service. A social relations and African studies major at Raddiffe College in Boston, Harvard’s sister school, Raitt began playing the slide guitar and …May 16, 2013interviewmagazine
BONNIE RAITT INTERVIEWED (2013)By Graham Reid, posted Mar 29, 2013 When Bonnie Raitt’s most recent album Slip Stream – her first in seven years – picked up a 2013 Grammy for best Americana album, it was yet another rung on her increasingly high ladder. Her 10th Grammy in fact. At the previous year’s awards she had paid tribute to the late Etta James performing with Alisha Keys, and her signature song I Can’t Make You Love Me has most recently been covered by …March 29, 2013interview
Bonnie Raitt Video Q&A: ‘Slipstream,’ Feminism, Katy Perry, PlansWatch the blues-rock legend discuss her 2012 success, fans Katy Perry & Adele, feminism, launching her own label and more. by Bill Werde Bonnie Raitt – singer, guitarist, Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – has seen her share of great music years, and 2012 has been one of her best. With the success of “Slipstream,” her first new album in seven years and self-released on her new label Redwing Records, a massive 80-date tour, and even a …December 28, 2012interviewbillboard
Bonnie Raitt On World CafeDecember 26, 2012 tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player. Bonnie Raitt is a blues-rock legend with nine Grammys and five platinum albums under her belt. Her rootsy and passionate take on everything blues — combined with her intimate understanding of composition, deft slide-guitar skills and soulful vocals — helped Raitt become an icon. It’s been 40 years since Raitt started releasing albums, and she’s still in remarkably fine …, December 26, 2012concerts interviewslipstream
Bonnie Raitt Takes a Victory LapBy John Jurgensen Bonnie Raitt has been going flat out since the release last spring of her 16th studio album “Slipstream.” After some 70 concerts in support of the album, last week she stopped by the New York office of the Wall Street Journal to take stock. “Slipstream,” her first release on her own independent record label, Redwing, has sold nearly 300,000 copies and critics praised the material, which included interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan (“Million Miles,” “Standing in the Doorway”) and …December 10, 2012interviewredwing
Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball “REDUX” Raises $2.9 Million for HIV Treatment and Care in Africa and Indiaby Keep a Child Alive   Benefit honored Oprah Winfrey and Angelique Kidjo at Harlem’s Apollo Theater with emcee Whoopi Goldberg Featured performances from Grammy Award-winning artists Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Angelique Kidjo and Bonnie Raitt with special guest Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes   NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Keep a Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman announced today that the Black Ball REDUX, held last night at “Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater,” raised over $2.9 million – funds …December 7, 2012benefitsalicia-keys
Bonnie Raitt was lost in songs during soul-soaked concert performance at Verizon Theatreby Mario Tarradell / Music Critic GRAND PRAIRIE – Bonnie Raitt closed her eyes, lost in song, as she absorbed the blues grandeur of Bob Dylan’s “Million Miles.” She soaked up the tune’s passion, then transferred it to a loving audience in rich, throaty tones. Raitt’s two-hour concert performance Saturday night at Verizon Theatre came drenched in blues, naturally, but also in plenty of R&B, rock, folk and pop. She was accompanied by four stellar musicians – guitarist George Marinelli, …, September 30, 2012concerts reviews
Harvey Wasserman : Bonnie Raitt Lights Up the WorldBy Harvey Wasserman | The Rag Blog | September 18, 2012 Adversity can debilitate and defeat a lesser soul. But for those with the inner strength to make the climb, new heights can beckon. Along the way — especially for a musician — it helps to have an other-worldly talent, a gift that combines decades of hard work with those inexplicable powers that come from the slipstream of the spirit. A combination like that can light up the world, especially …September 18, 2012activismharvey-wasserman
2012 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ShowEmbed from Getty Images   Embed from Getty Images   Embed from Getty Images     Folk Alley and NPR Music returned to Nashville to present a live webcast of the Americana Music Association’s 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony from historic Ryman Auditorium. The event featured live performances by this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients – Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, and Richard Thompson – as well as many of the award nominees, including: Alabama Shakes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The …September 15, 2012awardsamericana-music-awards audio
Focus On: Bonnie Raitt – 2012 Americana Music Association Keynote InterviewIn 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. tip: most convenient way to listen to this interview while browsing along is to use the …September 15, 2012interviewamericana-music-awards audio
Hutch Hutchinson: Groove GathererBY  BILL LEIGH     Most music fans know Petty’s Heartbreakers and Bruce’s E Street Band—but the truly knowledgeable rank Bonnie Raitt’s band among the finest rock and rhythm units working today. Listeners who love Raitt’s gritty, evocative voice or shiver at the distinctive roar of her slide guitar playing might not realize her longtime stagemates’ role in boosting all that blues and bittersweetness, even as it simmers in a stimulating sauce of down-home R&B, rock, and New Orleans funk. Backing …August 1, 2012interviewbass-player
Bonnie Raitt: A Brand-New Model For A Classic SoundHost: Jacki Lyden June 16, 2012 tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player.   This April, roots-rock singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt released her first album in seven years, Slipstream. It’s classic Raitt, mixing bluesy slide-guitar riffs with her soulful voice and a pop-friendly sensibility. The delivery system, however, is brand-new. After years of working with the majors, Raitt decided to start her own label, Redwing Records. Raitt runs Redwing with …, June 16, 2012cd interview mediaslipstream
Bonnie Raitt’s colorful bluesBy Mark Morgenstein   Just hours before the first full-scale concert of her current tour, Bonnie Raitt stood high above the stage and reflected on the job she’s held for more than four decades. “I think it’s as important to enjoy recording and being on the road as much as we do or otherwise I’d be crazy after 42 years to still be schlepping around in a bus,” she said. While Raitt has performed on and off since 2005, she …June 5, 2012interview
Review: Bonnie Raitt at Clowes HallBy Jon R. LaFollette @LaFilet Bonnie Raitt Clowes Memorial Hall Wednesday, May 16   In the middle of Bonnie Raitt’s well executed set of country-blues numbers Wednesday night at Butler University’s Clowes Hall, she paused to recognize a 15-year-old girl in the audience whom had somehow come to Raitt’s attention for her budding guitar prowess. “Keep at it girl,” said Raitt “We need more women in rock like you.” Indeed, a journey-woman like Raitt is a rarity in the music …, May 18, 2012concerts reviews
Celebrating Songwriters at the Rymanby Lydia Hutchinson Bonnie Raitt is the Fairy Godmother of songwriters, turning dreams into reality one song at a time. And last Saturday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium—where a city of hopeful and accomplished tunesmiths filled the pews of the Mother Church—her magical powers were on full display. A week into the tour for her flawless new release, Slipstream, Bonnie brought it home to the people she has championed for over 40 years and 19 albums—all the songwriters she claims …, May 15, 2012concerts reviewsmagazine ryman
Paul Ingles – The Emergence of Bonnie RaittRock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is profiled in this two hour music and commentary special featuring an exclusive interview with Bonnie as well as comments from Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Freebo, Bill Payne, Ann Powers and more. Hosted by Paul Ingles. Blues/Rock/Pop star Bonnie Raitt is emerging from a 3 year studio layoff with a new record and tour. It’s an opportune time to revisit her remarkable career …May 11, 2012interview
Bonnie Raitt gave New Orleans Jazz Fest crowd something to talk aboutBy Alison Fensterstock, | The Times-Picayune Follow on Twitter Bonnie Raitt, who kicked off her 2012 summer tour Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, did not start slow. After her introduction by festival producer Quint Davis – “Ladies and gentlemen, the great Raitt!” – she tore straight into what was to be pretty much 90 straight minutes of hard-hitting, sharp-toothed rock ‘n’ roll, taking no prisoners with a vicious bottleneck guitar and that sandpaper-and-smoke voice, which seems to …, May 9, 2012concerts reviewsnew-orleans-jazz-fest
First Listen: Bonnie Raitt, ‘Slipstream’Ann Powers April 13, 2012      There are two ways to carry old practices forward: Preserve or adapt. Both approaches have their ups and downs. Mere preservation can turn something hard, laying on the sheen of authenticity that masks death within. Adaptation can dilute a thing’s essence so thoroughly as to render it unrecognizable. The most skillful practitioners of a tradition — the blues, for example — swim between these two lanes with a fluidity which belies the thought and …, April 13, 2012cd reviews mediaslipstream
7 years after her last album, Bonnie Raitt is back in the gameby Randy Lewis – Los Angeles Times (MCT) – 11 April 2012 LOS ANGELES — Whether touring, winning Grammys or fighting for the rights of music veterans, singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt has always had plenty to keep her busy. So over the course of her four-decade career, a gap of a few years between albums wasn’t unprecedented. But this time around, the seven-year lapse between her last CD and her new effort, “Slipstream” (arriving Tuesday), is different. The nine-time …, April 11, 2012cd reviews mediacd slipstream
Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Slipstream’: A Barnstorming Good TimeKen Tucker April 10, 2012 tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player.   The warmth and vigor of Bonnie Raitt‘s voice throughout her new album Slipstream, even when she’s covering an oldie such as Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line,” is vital and fresh — urgent, even. Raitt has always possessed a gift for taking a familiar phrase and rendering it in a manner that compels a listener to …, April 10, 2012cd reviews mediaslipstream
Bonnie Raitt: Return of the Blues Baronessby Tessa Jeffers While teaching herself to play acoustic guitar as a teenager in the late ’60s, Bonnie Raitt—now world-renowned for her sultry voice and bracing electric slide prowess— dreamt of leaving her native California and joining the Greenwich Village beatnik scene. As soon as she was old enough, she left her parents—Broadway star John Raitt and pianist Marjorie Haydock—behind to head east and plant her musical roots in the burgeoning folk activist movement. From there, Raitt tapped into a …March 9, 2012interviewbrownie magazine slipstream stella
Bonnie Raitt Tackles Occupy Wall Street, Personal Tragedy on New AlbumBy David Browne January 23, 2012 By the time Bonnie Raitt entered producer Joe Henry’s studio in late 2010, she’d been through what she calls “a heavy time.” Her parents had passed away in quick succession, and she took a long break from music to help care for her brother Steve, who died of brain cancer in April 2009. “I hadn’t had time to process it all,” she says. “I wanted to get off that treadmill.” To ease her way …January 23, 2012cd mediaslipstream
Bonnie Raitt’s Life of Giving Back to the BluesLydia Hutchinson | Performing Songwriter – November 8, 2011 When Bonnie Raitt was 14 years old, she heard the album Blues at Newport and it lit her flame for slide guitar, blues music and the legendary masters who played it. By the time she was in her 20s she was the opening act for these legends, soaking up music lessons as well as life lessons. As a matter of fact, Sippie Wallace, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and …November 8, 2011interviewrhythm-blues-foundation
Blueswoman Bonnie Raitt taps her creative wellspring with yoga.September 1, 2011interviewyoga
Classic Tracks: Bonnie Raitt’s “Thing Called Love”By Blair Jackson When I call engineer extraordinaire Ed Cherney about the recording of Bonnie Raitt’s commercial breakthrough, “Thing Called Love,” the first thing he says is, “Isn’t that a little recent for a ‘Classic Track’?” “Dude,” I said, “it was recorded 22 years ago!” He got a laugh out of that; it does seem like it was just yesterday in some ways. But it was cut in 1989 and was a keystone of her album Nick of Time, which …, April 1, 2011friends lp mediadon-was ed-cherney nick-of-time
Saint Misbehavin’Nov. 29, 2010 By DENNIS HARVEY A Ripple Effect Films presentation. Produced by Michelle Esrick, David Becker. Executive producers, D.A. Pennebaker, John Pritzker. Directed by Michelle Esrick. With: Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, Steven Ben Israel, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Denise Kaufman, Evan Engber, Calico, Dr. Larry Brilliant, Michael Lang, Tom Law, Jordan Romney, Dr. Patch Adams, Ram Dass, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt. “Saint Misbehavin’” chronicles the life of one ’60s survivor still flying his freak flag high. Now, …, November 29, 2010activism moviesactivism camp-winnarainbow documentary plastic-pollution-coalition seva wavy-gravy
Curtis Salgado “Glad to be singing the blues”By Roger Levesque August 22, 2010 Concert Preview Curtis Salgado Big Band What: Labatt Blues Festival Where: Heritage Amphitheatre Hawrelak Park When: Tonight at 8:30 Tickets: sold out Curtis Salgado may have his quibbles over the ups and downs of show business but more than anything, he’s just happy to be alive. “I’m rich in friends and famous in the eyes of God,” chuckles the singer and harmonica man now based in Portland, Ore. CURTIS SALGADO Live at Willamette Valley …August 22, 2010benefitscurtis-salgado
Kenny Edwards, Prominent Figure in West Coast Country-Rock, Dies in CaliforniaKenny Edwards, a musician and singer who worked extensively with Linda Ronstadt, died Wednesday (Aug. 18) in Santa Barbara, Calif., following a battle with cancer and a blood disorder. He was 64. Edwards became a prominent member of the West Coast country-rock community as a founding member of the Stone Poneys, the band that introduced Ronstadt to a national audience with their 1967 hit, “Different Drum.” After the group disbanded, Edwards later played a key role in her solo success …August 20, 2010friendspassed-away
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Legends (3DVD) (2010)Following on the success of the critically acclaimed, triple-platinum ‘Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: LIVE’ 3-DVD set, Time Life has announced the release of a new, exclusive DVD set featuring more historic performances from the legendary Rock Hall vaults. The ‘ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME LIVE: THE LEGENDS’ boasts 46 remarkable performances by the most influential and significant figures in rock music history, as well as the speeches, toasts and roasts by which these members of rock royalty …August 18, 2010dvd mediarock-roll-hall-of-fame
Little Feat’s Richie Hayward: 1946-2010Little Feat co-founder Richie Hayward has died after a long battle with liver disease. He was 64. Hayward played drums in the seminal band throughout its entire career. In the late 1960s he played with original Little Feat frontman Lowell George in the band’s precursor The Factory. George and Hayward co-founded Little Feat in 1969 along with Bill Payne and Roy Estrada. They established a distinctive style of improvisational southern rock that mixed elements of blues, rock boogie and funk. …August 12, 2010friendspassed-away
Bonnie Raitt will present Buddy Guy with Lifetime Achievement Award2010 Blues Music Awards Gets Sweeter With Live Performance by Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Buddy Guy on May 6, 2010 Memphis, TN (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 16, 2010 — Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, The Blues Foundation confirms that the legendary blues musician Buddy Guy will perform at the 2010 Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 6th, 2010. 2010 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bonnie Raitt will present, the night after her own induction into the Blues …May 2, 2010awardsblues-music-awards buddy-guy
Bonnie Raitt To Be Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame !Bonnie Raitt is among the artists selected to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame this May. While most of Raitt’s songs may fall outside the realm of blues, there is no doubting her commitment to and love for the music and the blues musicians themselves. Heavily influenced by and sometimes mentored by older blues veterans when she started out, Raitt not only sang soulfully but played bottleneck guitar in the style of Mississippi Fred McDowell. McDowell was one …May 1, 2010awardsblues-hall-of-fame
Rock the Earth Planet Defender Award Winners Include BonnieRock the Earth has announced the winners of its 2010 Planet Defender Awards in conjunction with its Rock the Earth Day celebration. Bonnie Raitt is this year’s winner in the Planet Defender Awards’ Artist category. Raitt was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) which produced the concerts, album and movie, No Nukes in 1979. More recently, Rock the Earth was a recipient of a fundraising Grant from her The BonTaj Collective Action Fund for the organization’s …, April 22, 2010activism awardsrock-the-earth
All-star concert honors life of Norton BuffaloJoel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Correspondent January 25, 2010 Nobody ever knew anybody like Norton Buffalo. It was his gift to make anyone he met feel like his friend. He played on more than 180 albums, and every one of the musicians who hired him thought he was their friend. When Buffalo was diagnosed with lung cancer in September after getting off his summer tour with the Steve Miller Band, his longtime bandleader and close friend talked to Buffalo …, , January 25, 2010concerts event friendsnorton-buffalo tribute
Of Mom, Bonnie Raitt and ‘Carousel’By Mary Schmich – November 15, 2009 “There’s one thing I still haven’t done in my life,” my mother said. I glanced across her living room, from the piano where I’d been playing some old Broadway song, to the La-Z-Boy next to the window. My mother sat curled in the chair, her face poking out from under a comforter. She’d just spent four days without eating, which was why I’d rushed to visit her for the weekend, and though on …November 15, 2009reviewscarousel
Behind The Music – Bonnie RaittProduced, Written & Directed by Jason Goodman When I got the assignment to do Bonnie Raitt’s Behind The Music, I didn’t really know a lot about her. But as I did my homework, I fell totally in love with both her slide guitar playing, and with her back story. Bonnie started playing guitar as a teen, but only started taking it seriously when she went to Radcliffe, and fell in love with a local music promoter who was also …, November 9, 2009interview photographybehind-the-music
Talking with Guitarist Songwriter Will McFarlaneIt’s hard to imagine how many 12 year old young men watched the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 and were inspired to pick up the guitar saying, “I want to do that”. Many, I’m sure. Voice lessons at six years old and piano a year later, young Will was clearly better primed than most. Motown’s R&B captured Will’s imagination in High School while growing up on Long Island, which helped him develop as a fine rhythm guitarist. …November 2, 2009friendsbandmember guitar
Norton Buffalo DiesBy Steve Brewer November 1, 2009 Regular news outlets don’t seem to have the story yet, but several websites are reporting that harmonica legend Norton Buffalo died this weekend. We reported here at the Corner Booth on Friday that the singer-songwriter and harmonica virtuoso was suffering lung cancer, and cancer also had been found in his brain. He was first diagnosed with cancer in September, and had retired to his home in Paradise during treatment. He was 58. I first …November 1, 2009friendsnorton-buffalo passed-away
Bonnie Raitt attends the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert at MSG – NYEmbed from Getty Images If there was a single word that summed up the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert Thursday night, it was “legacy.” Backstage, artist after artist spoke of the importance of musical heritage, emphasizing the icons who influenced them as they delivered awe-struck commentary on the show’s spectacular moments. The parade of praise wouldn’t have been so remarkable if the artists in question were up and comers, but the backstage guests included David …, , October 30, 2009concerts event reviews25th-anniversary-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame rock-roll-hall-of-fame
Stars align for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concerts in New York CityBy John Soeder, The Plain Dealer October 25, 2009 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will mark its 25th anniversary with two all-star concerts this week at Madison Square Garden in New York. Here’s the rundown for each night’s bill (with headliners in bold, followed by their special guests): THURSDAY, OCT. 29 •Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with John Fogerty, Darlene Love, Sam Moore and Tom Morello •Stevie Wonder with Jeff Beck, B.B. King, John Legend, Smokey …October 25, 2009photographyrock-roll-hall-of-fame
Ever Busy Raitt Ready For Next Stage  By Sean Piccoli | Entertainment Writer October 23, 2009 Being immersed in blues music, Bonnie Raitt represents a segment of the culture that is rooted in slower, simpler times. But talk to this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who performs tonight at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, and there’s a sense of things spinning rapidly. Tours are tied in with albums, favored causes and fundraisers. The scheduling of anything more time-intensive than lunch — public appearances, interviews, recording …October 23, 2009interviewbreak
Bonnie Raitt at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on SaturdayKristi Singer – For The Sun News – Oct. 16, 2009 Just off the BonTaj Tour with Taj Mahal, blues-rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt will make a stop at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday with The Randall Bramblett Band. Fans can expect to hear a variety of songs from Raitt’s 40-year career, which includes 18 albums worth of music and her latest release, “Souls Alike.” “I’ve got about 40 years under my belt of music, about …October 16, 2009interviewsouls-alike
Bonnie Raitt has plenty to talk aboutJulio Diaz • • October 15, 2009 Bonnie Raitt didn’t intend to go into the music business. But 40 years later, it’s hard to imagine the music business without her. The music legend, who plays the Saenger Theatre on Tuesday, said she music was a hobby until she needed to make a little extra money in college. “I got the idea that maybe I could open for some of my heroes at a local folk club,” Raitt, 59, said …October 15, 2009interview
The Bonnie Raitt Secretby Tiffany While visiting my parents in Alamo this weekend, my mom brought up something I had forgotten. When i was a young kid, i loved the music artist Bonnie Raite….yes, Bonnie Raitt. I totally remember my dad making deals with me and using Bonnie Raitt cassette tapes as my incentive. It usually worked. I really wanted those Bonnie Raitt cassette tapes! I knew every word to every song. I dont remember how old i was, but younger then 10 …September 27, 2009photography
Raitt, Taj Mahal Bring Rockin’ Blues to the BowlBy L. Paul Mann, Noozhawk Contributor   The blues genre was alive and well at the Santa Barbara Bowl on a sultry September Saturday night. A double bill of blues innovators Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal nearly filled the house. A mostly mature crowd was anything but sedate as the audience responded with loud cheers, singing and dancing throughout the show. Henry St. Clair Fredericks, better known by his stage name Taj Mahal, opened the show with a smoking set, …, September 22, 2009concerts reviewsbontaj-roulet-tour
After 4 decades, Raitt still keeps an ‘ear open’by Larry Rodgers Bonnie Raitt won seven Grammys in the early ’90s, her “Nick of Time” and “Luck of the Draw” topping the charts. But the singer-guitarist had been playing her enticing mixture of blues and rock for 20 years before all that attention, and she’s been at it for nearly another two decades as things have quieted a bit. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 59, who performs with blues-roots player Taj Mahal in Phoenix on Thursday, called …September 22, 2009interviewbontaj-roulet-tour
Taking the long road with Bonnie Raittby Allison Duck – Wed, Sep 16, 2009 It’s been more than 25 years since Taj Mahal performed on Bonnie Raitt’s album Takin’ My Time but the friends are back together again to bring the BonTaj Roulet Tour to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Friday, September 18. Concertgoers will hear each musician in an individual set, and then the pair will take the stage together for a finale with both Raitt’s and Mahal’s backing bands behind them. …September 16, 2009interviewbontaj-roulet-tour house-of-blues
Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal at the Santa Barbara BowlBy Charles Donelan The Bowl was jumping on Saturday night for the Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal double bill. Both are veteran artists with big, outgoing personalities and tremendous musicianship, and on this tour they share a dedication to letting the good times roll in a distinctly soulful, classic rhythm-and-blues idiom. Dressed in a blue shirt, black pants, and a white straw fedora hat, Mahal opened with a 45-minute set that showed off his powerhouse band and some super-tight Texicali …, September 14, 2009concerts reviewsbontaj-roulet-tour
Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal let the good times roll at the Greekby Pedro Larsen As the third set of the night got underway, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, two old friends who’d never before toured together, prowled the Greek Theatre stage, playfully sassing each other. “Tramp!” the flame-haired Raitt purred, or maybe growled, at her partner on this summer outing they’ve named The BonTaj Roulet, a play on the old Louisiana French phrase for “Let the good times roll!” “What you say?” Taj Mahal hollered back in pop-eyed mock indignation. “Trr-ramp!” …, September 12, 2009concerts reviewsbontaj-roulet-tour
Bonnie Raitt’s RouletBy Charles Donelan When Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal play the Santa Barbara Bowl this weekend as part of their BonTaj Roulet tour, they will bring an incomparable level of musical and historical experience to the stage, having between them commanded the attention of all kinds of music lovers worldwide for several decades. Mahal is the most musically extroverted of the great blues artists-as prominent, influential, and popular as B.B. King or Muddy Waters, but with an idiosyncratic set of …September 6, 2009interviewbontaj-roulet-tour
Another CE Moment: Bonnie Raitt at CEDIA 2001by Julie Jacobson Remember when Bonnie Raitt played CEDIA Expo 2001? The star payed tribute to her integrator brother Steve Raitt, who was dying of brain cancer—so everyone thought. “Little did we know at that time that his ‘farewell tour’ was actually just a visit with his many friends in the industry,” says Louis Sall of California Audio Technology. “The CEDIA show was fantastic.” Steve Raitt, an integrator with the former ProLine and a renowned sound engineer/mixer worked with many …September 6, 2009friendssteve-raitt
BonTaj Roulet Blazes New Ground Raising Green for Greensby Harvey Wasserman – September 3, 2009 Author, ‘SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth’ In a tough economy, with music lovers thinking twice before going to see their favorite acts, the 34-date BonTaj Roulet Tour by Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal is blazing new green ground in raising money for charities. So far it’s collected over $100,000 for environmental and other causes. It could add that much again before the final show on September 25 at Rancho Mirage, California. The tour features …September 3, 2009activismbontaj-roulet-tour
Bonnie Raitt is all emotions at grandstand showBonnie Raitt shared a tender moment Thursday with Twin Cities keyboardist Ricky Peterson during an emotional tribute song to her late brother Steve Raitt. Peterson and Steve Raitt were close friends until Steve died of brain cancer this year. By Jon Bream Star Tribune Every time Bonnie Raitt performs in the Twin Cities, her older brother, Steve, a local music producer, sits in on one song. On Thursday at the State Fair grandstand, Steve, who died in April of brain …, August 28, 2009concerts reviewsbontaj-roulet-tour steve-raitt
Bonnie & Taj at The Bank of America Pavilion in Bostonby Robert IsraelEDGE Media Network Contributor Taj Mahal, a commanding presence backed by the six piece Phantom Blues Band, burst onto the Bank of America Pavilion stage on a muggy August 15th and took the place by a storm. Taj is a versatile and positive spirit made flesh, endowed with a gravelly voice that plumbs the depths of the blues. He began his set with an instrumental, “Honky Tonk,” and then he launched into a Bo Diddley number from the 1950s, …, August 19, 2009concerts reviewsbontaj-roulet-tour
Raitt rates multiple ovations at TentBy Doug Fraser HYANNIS – If you were from Mars and had no idea why Bonnie Raitt sold multiple platinum records and had garnered nine Grammys, or why she sold out the Melody Tent almost as soon as tickets went on sale this spring, you only had to listen to her sing “Angel From Montgomery” at the tent last night. Raitt’s voice is sure-footed. It can soar effortlessly and put emotion into even a spoken verse. It’s stripped-down, raw when …, August 15, 2009concerts reviewsbontaj-roulet-tour
Bonnie Raittby Frank Matheis – August, 14th 2009 Most people who have enjoyed Bonnie Raitt’s music since 1989 would call her predominately a bluesy pop-rock star and a great slide guitarist. Those of us who were her fans in 1971 thought of her mostly as an eclectic folk-blues artist. Actually, both are true: she’s a popular rockstar who sells out huge concert halls and regularly does an acoustic set during her concerts. Unsuspecting rock fans are then treated to the best …August 14, 2009reviews
Harmonic convergenceBy James Reed – Globe Staff / August 14, 2009 Bonnie Raitt isn’t kidding when she forewarns that you probably won’t get in a word edgewise when she and Taj Mahal lock into a conversation. “We interview ourselves and occasionally let you guys have a question,’’ she says, laughing. You can’t blame them, of course. These two have a lot to talk about, from fond memories of their early days in Boston to shared musical influences (blues legends and unsung …August 14, 2009interviewbontaj-roulet-tour taj-mahal
Little Kids Rock Students Sit in on BonTaj Soundcheck  BREAKING NEWS   BonTaj Roulet Recollection Picture this scenario: You’re 11 years old, from Jersey City, and can’t afford a guitar. Your teacher brings you and six classmates to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), a jewel of a theater in the middle of Newark, to meet blues legends Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal. You pull out the brand-new, custom Fender® acoustic guitar that was just gifted to you and relinquish it to Taj, who tunes it, plays …, August 11, 2009activism benefitsbontaj-roulet-tour little-kids-rock
Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal Interviewed by Michael Bourne (Audio)Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal Interviewed by Michael Bourne (Audio) WBGO Jazz 88.3FM (Newark Public Radio) August 10, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner. Blues giants Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal aren’t strangers. They’ve worked together since the early 70s, when Raitt recruited Mahal’s artistry for her third album Takin’ My Time. Over the years, they’ve made beautiful music together, and tomorrow night, they write the next chapter in their musical relationship: Their BonTaj Roulet Tour “Alone & Together” comes to …August 10, 2009interviewbontaj-roulet-tour
Exit Interview: Bonnie RaittBy Richard Rys | July 29, 2009 Bonnie Raitt is a California girl by birth, but it’s not a stretch to say the 59-year-old’s artistic birth was here. At 20, Raitt left college to immerse herself in Philadelphia’s music scene, playing her first paid gigs while moonlighting — or in her case, daylighting — as a Quaker typist. (She’ll explain.) The music career stuck, and the nine-time Grammy winner joins Taj Mahal at the Mann on August 8th. Raitt called …July 29, 2009interview
Taking the torch from Janis: Bonnie Raitt – Bonnie Raitt, 1971by Zach Zwagil June 12, 2009 Following the 1970 deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, modern blues had suffered immeasurable loss. Furthermore, with the end of Cream in 1969, popularized blues forms were severely lacking, especially amongst the females, who had mostly established themselves in pop soul, the softer side of folk rock, and early a.m. pop. So, in comes a young Bonnie Raitt to keep her beloved blues alive, and to show the white girls how it’s done. …, June 12, 2009lp reviews medialp
Autograph, photo are souvenirs of special day in ComoBy Emily Williams, Staff Writer – I received a press release a few weeks ago that one of my favorite musicians, Bonnie Raitt, would be in Como on May 7 for a special ceremony honoring the late bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell. Raitt’s known for “Something to Talk About,” the ballad, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Nick of Time,” and many blues songs. She would be on hand for the unveiling of a marker honoring McDowell and putting Como …May 26, 2009event
Bonnie Raitt serves up variety of styles at MajesticBy Jim Beal Jr. THE SHOW: Bonnie Raitt, Tuesday night, May 12,at the Majestic Theatre,San Antonio, Texas. ATTENDANCE: About 1,800 FIRST TAKE: Bonnie Raitt and her band dug in and served up playful and serious blues, funky R&B, reggae and more for a most appreciative crowd. Raitt dedicated the show to the memory of her friend Stephen Bruton, the guitar ace, singer, producer and songwriter who died of cancer over the weekend. But the set was upbeat and driving as …, May 13, 2009concerts reviewsstephen-bruton
IT’S SWEET 16 FOR TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS!  The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is going big in celebration of 16 years as one of Colorado’s premier music festivals. Telluride Blues & Brews is pleased to announce that Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy and Bonnie Raitt will be headlining this year’s festival, which runs September 18-20, 2009. In addition to these amazing artists, festival goers will also be treated to sets from BonTaj Roulet, Umphrey’s McGee, Saint Jude and many more. Telluride Blues & Brews is excited to …May 11, 2009concertsbontaj-roulet-tour telluride-blues-brews-festival
Bonnie Raitt pays emotional tribute to Stephen BrutonBy Michael Corcoran | Sunday, May 10, 2009 A day after her former guitar player and friend of 38 years, Stephen Bruton, passed away, Bonnie Raitt ended her pre-encore set at Bass Concert Hall by thanking the audience for being there. “I’ve been crying all day and I never thought I’d get through this show.’ she said. She finally broke down in tears after encoring with one of Bruton’s songs, ‘Too Many Memories (For One Heart To Hold).’ The redhead …May 10, 2009concertsaustin stephen-bruton
Stephen Bruton one of Austin’s best guitar players passes awayStephen Bruton one of Austin’s best guitar players passes away 5/9/2009By: News 8 Austin Staff Stephen Bruton passed away Saturday morning in Los Angeles after a long fight with cancer.He leaves a legacy as both a singer and songwriter, but also a bit of a renaissance man in the music industry. “He was a musician, a mentor, a gentleman, a producer, a true Texas gentleman,” News 8’s Music Correspondent Andy Langer said. “He was a guy who grew up in …May 9, 2009friendspassed-away stephen-bruton
Mississippi Fred McDowell Blues Trail MarkerCandice Ludlow – WKNO – 2009-05-08   The Mississippi Blues Trail Marker honoring Mississippi Fred McDowell was unveiled Thursday in Como, Mississippi. Candice Ludlow has more. That’s the music of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Notice the resonating slide sound? Como is where Mississippi Fred McDowell called home. It’s located 45 miles south of Memphis along Highway 55. Mississippi Fred McDowell was born and raised in Rossville, TN, just outside of Memphis in the early 1900’s. He learned to play slide guitar …, May 8, 2009event friendsdick-waterman mississippi-blues-trail mississippi-fred-mcdowell
Jazz Fest | 04.30-05.03 | New Orleans, LAby: Amanda Anderson New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival :: 04.30.09 – 05.03.09 :: Fair Grounds Race Course :: New Orleans, LA Grease Is The Word   Bonnie Raitt is happy to have stood the test of time. She’s also at Acura, and even from a great distance I can spot her shocking red hair. She brings plenty of locals to the stage, playing “A Real Good Thing’s About To Come To An End,” with Jon Cleary scorching the piano, …, May 6, 2009concerts reviewsnew-orleans-jazz-fest
The BonTaj Roulet TourSarah Marie Pittman – Pollstar Friday April 17, 2009 Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal are joining forces to bring their signature blends of blues together for a 30-date North American tour. The “BonTaj Roulet” tour kicks off at Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 6 and winds down Sept. 25 at The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.     Additional dates stops include Bank of America Pavilion in Boston (Aug. 15), Chastain Park …, April 17, 2009activism concertsbontaj-roulet-tour
Bonnie Raitt raves up at RiverwindPublished March 12, 2009 By Doug Hill Watermelon Slim, aka Bill Homans, sticks out in a crowd. Wearing his trademark Stetson and an over-sized turquoise pendant, our Oklahoma bluesman is a striking figure. He was among the throng attending Bonnie Raitt’s concert at Riverwind Casino March 5. “Oh, I played with Bonnie Raitt back in 1972 and ’73,” Slim drawled. “She and I both had similar musical ancestors and we went different directions.” This was a revelation but makes perfect …, March 12, 2009concerts reviewswanda-jackson watermelon-slim
In financially tough times, Bonnie Raitt’s blues may be just right for Meyerson concertBy MICHAEL GRANBERRY In the midst of soaring unemployment, an economic meltdown and two wars, there is no better time to sing the blues. And there is nobody better to sing them than Bonnie Raitt, whose flaming red hair, searing vocals and ferocious slide guitar will fill the stage of Meyerson Symphony Center tonight. At 59, Raitt remains a political activist and a gifted interpreter of such knockout ballads as “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” But when it …March 9, 2009interview
Raitt has ‘Something to Talk About’By ANDREW S. HUGHES Tribune Staff Writer February 21. 2009 Since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1971, Bonnie Raitt has built a respected career as a singer and slide guitarist who’s rooted in folk and blues traditions but not tied to them as an interpreter of her own and other writers’ songs. Born Nov. 8, 1949, Raitt grew up in a musical household as the daughter of Broadway star John Raitt and pianist-singer Marge Goddard and was …, February 21, 2009interview reviews
Floyd Red Crow Westerman Tribute  by Keith Secola We came together to honor and remember, Floyd Red Crow Westerman. It was November 13, 2008, in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts during the American Indian Film Festival. The concert was all about Floyd, his music, friends, how he lived his life and how he inspirited others to live theirs. Bonnie Raitt – Angel from Montgomery (with Keith Secola) Filmed by Carlisle Antonio The evening was magical, the Frybread sisters wore flowers in …, February 2, 2009event friendsfloyd-westerman keith-secola
LOOKIN’ FINE AT 59 AND SOUNDING EVEN SWEETERHappy 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 …November 8, 2008eventbirthday
20th Annual Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Awards ShowAn Unforgettable Night of Great Performances, Long Awaited Reunions and Special Honors for Music Legends Bill Withers, Kool & The Gang, Donny Hathaway, Sugar Pie DeSanto and More; the Queen of Soul Surprises Pioneer Awards Honoree Chaka Khan. PHILADELPHIA, PA–(Marketwire – September 12, 2008) – It is indeed a rare occasion when an event exceeds expectations. The cream of the R&B crop recently congregated at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center Verizon Hall to honor not only legends, but more importantly, those overlooked …September 12, 2008awardsrhythm-blues-foundation
She’ll always be ‘our Bonnie’By EMMET MEARA, August 11, 2008  Portland, ME : Merrill Auditorium With Special Guests The Refugees The funny thing was that Bonnie Raitt thanked us Monday night for allowing us all to grow old together and for letting her sing for her supper for the past three or four decades. The sellout crowd at Merrill Auditorium roared back our thanks for the same thing, plus another outstanding performance for another cause- electing Democrats such as Tom Allen, running for U.S. …, August 16, 2008concerts reviews
Kathy Kane Rocks the Earth: InterviewKathy Kane resides in Los Angeles. She is Bonnie Raitt’s Manager, Founder and Ex. Director of the ARIA Foundation, co-creator of the Green Highway touring festival, and mother of a three-year-old daughter.   1. What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time? Fair elections and accurate, reliable voting machines are so critical. Alternative Energy and reducing our dependence on oil ranks up really high for me personally. My nonprofit called the ARIA Foundation (Artist …, June 14, 2008activism friendskathy-kane
Don’t Miss Bonnie in a Documentary Series: This Brave NationBonnie Raitt is featured in a new documentary series brought to you by the people at The Nation Magazine and Brave New Foundation. This Brave Nation is a series of people talking about their beginnings in activism. Bonnie talks about her Quaker roots and her beginings in the music industry. You aren’t going to want to miss it.Hope you enjoy! Bonnie Raitt: legendary musician, feminist, activist. Dolores Huerta: legendary organizer, feminist, activist. Two women who both achieved great successes in …, June 8, 2008activism interviewbrave-nation
A Prairie Home CompanionJune 7, 2008 This week on A Prairie Home Companion, it’s a garden fresh hot dish of shows from the Greek Theater, in Los Angeles. We’ll march our phalanx of pen-wielding English majors into the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, bringing Minnesotan cultural exchange to the coastal peoples of the Pacific. With special guests, blue-eyed soul sister Bonnie Raitt, actor and ‘flower in the gun barrel’ Martin Sheen, and gospel-singer Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio …June 7, 2008eventprairie-home-companion
Bonnie is a bluesmanby Fred Seibert I showed up to record Fred McDowell at the Village Gaslight on the afternoon of November 5, 1971, set up the mikes and recorder, and settled in for the first act around 9pm. A young woman with an acoustic guitar and an electric bassist started in, and my mouth dropped. “Who’s she?” I asked my partner, and Fred’s bassist, Tom Pomposello. She was this rocker’s perfect marriage of the blues with a pop sheen. “Another client of …April 6, 2008concertsgaslight-cafe
Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bonnie Raitt perform at Britt this yearby Bill Varble – Mar. 20, 2008 Classic rockers Crosby, Stills and Nash, country star Clint Black, actor Billy Bob Thornton, country duo Brooks and Dunn, Grateful Dead spinoffs Bob Weir and RatDog and singer Bonnie Raitt are among the stars that figure to shine brightest this summer at the Britt Festivals. The lineup for Britt’s 46th season on the grounds of a pioneer estate in Jacksonville was announced Wednesday at a lunch at the Britt offices in Medford. “I …March 20, 2008eventbritt
Last Night: Bonnie Raitt at Hard Rock Liveby Brandon K Thorpe – Friday, November 16, 2007 Bonnie Raitt Thursday, Nov 13 Hard Rock Live The people who show up at Bonnie Raitt shows these days are white, married, and between the ages of 40 and 60. The only teenagers I saw were two blond chicks that sat next to me and left after the third song. There were also two twentysomething black lesbians in the audience. Aside from myself, these were the only twentysomethings in view, and …, November 13, 2007concerts reviewshard-rock-live
Maria Muldaur is Naughty, Bawdy & Blue on New CD out May 15SOURCE: ALL ABOUT JAZZ PUBLICITY, Published: 2007-05-07 MARIA MULDAUR IS NAUGHTY, BAWDY & BLUE ON NEW CD OUT MAY 15 COMPLETES CLASSIC BLUES WOMEN TRILOGY ON STONY PLAIN INCLUDES SPECIAL DUET WITH MARIA AND BONNIE RAITT   EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records has announced a May 15 release date for Maria Muldaur’s new CD, Naughty, Bawdy & Blue, which completes the trilogy of albums the acclaimed singer has released as a tribute to classic women blues singers from the …, May 7, 2007cd reviews mediamaria-muldaur
Wish you were (t)here: Bonnie Raitt at the Pavilion, April 22, 2007by Hawes Spencer “This has been a heavy week,” Bonnie Raitt said, welcoming 3,000-plus fans to the newly revamped Charlottesville Pavilion in a sold-out Sunday night performance benefiting the Charlottesville Free Clinic. “So let’s just gather together, count our blessings, and dedicate this to the folks at Virginia Tech.” Under the giant fabric dome and before a constantly moving backdrop bathed in red light, Raitt, in a shimmery green blouse, proceeded to rock out, although she did pause to boast …, April 26, 2007activism benefits
Vintage BonnieApril 19, 2007 – by Doug Wyatt Sue Kahfmann has seen Bonnie Raitt in concert, she says, “at least a dozen times.” She’s got another date with her favorite singer Wednesday night in Savannah. “Bonnie just gets better and better,” says Kahfmann, who cheerfully admits to “pushing 60.” “Some of us are like fine wine, you know.” Plenty of other folks consider Raitt a rare and tasty vintage indeed. Well into the fourth decade of her Grammy-studded career, she still …April 19, 2007event
Music Retailers Select ‘Definitive 200’ List of Albums, SoundtracksAssociated Press NEW YORK –  “Nick of Time” was a turning point for Bonnie Raitt. The 1989 album elevated the blues singer-songwriter to a new level of success and earned her three Grammy Awards. Now it’s part of the “Definitive 200” list of albums and soundtracks co-sponsored by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list, which was chosen by a committee of music retailers within NARM, was released Tuesday.     …March 6, 2007awards
Raitt presents isles with gift from heartReview by Burl Burlingame Bonnie Raitt filled Saturday night’s concert with fine musicianship and personal charm. TOO MANY WORDS pop into your head whilst trying to sum up Bonnie Raitt — patronizing but accurate descriptions like “adorable,” “kittenish,” “charmful armful”; overweening banalities like “guitar goddess,” “national treasure,” “talented song stylist”; awestruck platitudinals like “genius,” “artist” or “foxy mama” — but the phrase that keeps up a steady tattoo is “generous.” Bonnie Raitt is a generous soul, and you sense it …, January 8, 2007concerts reviewswaikiki-shell
Bonnie Raitt loving lifeROB HONZELL — Calgary Sun Slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt will be in Calgary to play the Jubilee Auditorium Wednesday. She’ll be touring her new album Souls Alike. When you’ve achieved and seen as much as she has, people call you Ms. Ms. Bonnie, that is. Speaking from somewhere, “north of San Francisco,” Bonnie Raitt sounds eager and enthusiastic as she talks about her music, her life and the legends who taught her about the blues, racism and whisky. It’s refreshing …October 23, 2006interview
Review: Raitt and Keb’ Mo’ were sensationalPosted by Jim Harris I had high expectations for the Bonnie Raitt-Keb’ Mo’ “Souls Alike Tour” show last night at Robinson Center, and they were exceeded by a spectacular performance from both artists, who displayed both their wonderful pipes as well as  their exquisite finger-work on their variety guitars. I left feeling as good about a show as any I’ve seen. Keb’ Mo’ was so good in his 10-song set with his six-piece band and summoning up the blues vibe …, October 4, 2006concerts reviews
Live Review: Bonnie Raitt in Hummingbird Centre, Toronto – July 10, 2006MARY DICKIE — Toronto Sun   TORONTO – Some musicians get tense and grumpy when things go awry during their shows; other, wiser ones use minor screw-ups as a way to establish a closer rapport with the audience. Bonnie Raitt is obviously one of the latter. Her show at the Hummingbird Centre last night was plagued with minor glitches like forgotten verses, spur-of-the-moment set list changes and non-functioning microphones — she called it “wild-card night.” But Raitt turned every potential …, July 11, 2006concerts reviews
Basking in the bluesPatrick Langston – The Ottawa Citizen Ottawa Blues Festival delivers a full musical feast — from blues-rock to pop to psyche-funk Bookended by contrasts, with everything from musical soup to nuts in between, and with the weatherman on side, the Cisco Systems Bluesfest sailed into its first full day of music yesterday. The Asylum Street Spankers of Austin, Texas opened yesterday’s outdoor bill with an all-acoustic mid-day show on the mbna Stage. They specialize in acoustic blues and jazz circa …, July 9, 2006concerts reviewsottawa-blues-festival
Blues and Conversation with Bonnie RaittStudio Sessions: Bonnie Raitt in Studio on Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan – 07/05/2006 Nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt is well-known for her soul-stirring slide guitar, her commanding voice, and her famous mop of red hair. She writes some of her own songs, but often features material from blues icons, from her own band members, and from some songwriters who aren’t as well-known. Her most recent album, her 18th, is called Souls Alike. Raitt performs songs from Souls …, July 7, 2006event interviewtalk-of-the-nation
Raitt at Wolf Trap: Something to Talk Aboutby Pamela Murray Winters Bonnie Raitt’s music has always reflected her latest enthusiasm: her Celtic heritage in the “Luck of the Draw” era, Zimbabwean music a few years ago. On her current tour, which stopped at Wolf Trap on Monday and returns tonight, she’s reveling in herself. Raitt is a generous performer, and on Monday she gave ample time in the spotlight to keyboardist Jon Cleary, whose New Orleans strut sound provided many joyous moments. She praised the other longtime …, July 5, 2006concerts reviews
Raitt gives the blues a personal touchBy Linda Laban, Globe Correspondent. Bonnie Raitt’s music is steeped in the traditions and emotions of the South, but as the blues singer and slide guitarist reminded the audience at the Bank of America Pavilion on Sunday night, her heart lies in the city where she began her career 18 albums and nine Grammy awards ago: Cambridge. “It’s a spiritual home for me,” she said. “I could live here again in a second.” The California native, slender and wearing tight …, July 4, 2006concerts reviews
Raitt breaks out the blues at Palaceby Jeffrey Lee Puckett Courier-Journal Critic One of the reasons it took so long for Bonnie Raitt to find a national audience is her music’s lack of an easily identified niche — a crucial component in a business where art often lags miles behind commerce. Her early albums were too bluesy for the big time, and the albums aimed for the big time sounded too conflicted, as if Raitt couldn’t find a comfortable middle ground between Sippie Wallace and the …, June 23, 2006concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CO 2006By Nichole Wagner {ytthumb}Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2006. Running of the tarps and Bryan Sutton plays with Tony Rice.   © Nichole Wagner Bonnie came out about thirty minutes late because the band before her played late. She burst out on the stage, very energetic and she praised the previous band (Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton) and said she couldn’t believe that she had to follow them. She said it was nice to be …, June 18, 2006concerts reviewstelluride-bluegrass-festival
Bonnie in concert – Birmingham UK April 2006Hi all, Caught Bonnie at Birmingham’s (England) Symphony Hall last Monday, 10th April 2006. What can I say? I saw her 2 years ago for the first time and was knocked out then – this time: totally blown away! 4 songs off the new album and some good old favourites! Incredibly, as far as I can remember, only one (I can’t make you love me) was repeated from the last concert! Included in this set were: Nick of Time, Jodie’s …, April 14, 2006concerts reviews
Concert Review: Bonnie Raitt – Charlotte, NC – March 8, 2006by: Robert Burke I had the pleasure of seeing Bonnie Raitt perform live at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC on March 8th. It was the first time I’ve seen her in person, and to put it succinctly, the experience was first class. Bonnie has a reputation for handing out breaks to many a struggling songwriter. Her latest studio recording Souls Alike is completely composed of the songs written by unknown artists. The second track from the record is titled …, March 16, 2006concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt: Red Hot MamaJason Gross, Creative Loafing, 8 March 2006 ARE THERE ANY active old-school divas that we can still look up to? Cher? Retired. Tina Turner? Retired. Barbara Streisand? Her too. Joni Mitchell? Yep. Linda Ronstadt? Almost M.I.A. Diana Ross? A sad joke by now. Carly Simon or Carole King? Debatable. Well, there is one big exception. Other than mid-’80s and mid-’90s lulls, Bonnie Raitt has been proudly engaged in her craft since her 1971 debut. Rather than letting age slow her …March 8, 2006biography
Bonnie Raitt effortlessly rocks Phoenix with new Larry Rodgers Grammy-winning guitarist-singer Bonnie Raitt celebrated a special anniversary Thursday night with an inspired show that had a near-sellout crowd dancing in the aisles of Phoenix’s Dodge Theatre. “This is my 19th year of sobriety today,” Raitt said after playing two songs from her strong new album, “Souls Alike.” “It seems like only yesterday,” she added with a laugh. Raitt’s victory over alcohol came just before her five-Grammy comeback coronation in 1989, and she’s been a solid concert …, February 17, 2006concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt sings more than just blues.Judith Salkin – Special to The Desert Sun ——————————————————————————– Unlike some of her flashier contemporaries, Bonnie Raitt has been a bit quieter about building her reputation and career. And if over the years her voice has mellowed, her spirit certainly hasn’t. On her latest release, Souls Alike, Raitt takes on the songs of under-discovered songwriters to put out a collection that showcases both her guitar work and voice. She returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for a show on Sunday, …February 9, 2006interview
Bonnie Raitt Will Not Be BrokenBy Scott Benjamin – CBS   As she walks down the street, it’s hard to miss the flaming red hair, even when she’s wearing a hat. It gets Bonnie Raitt recognized all right, sort of. “I get Reba sometimes, Raitt says, referring to singer Reba McEntire. At 56, Bonnie Raitt is taking it all in stride. She’s got a Grammy nominated song, a sense of humor, and, as always, an eye for the ups and downs of life. “I tend …January 15, 2006interview
Interview with Bonnie from Guitar Player Online EditionBy Michael Molenda In a field dominated by men, men, and more men, Bonnie Raitt has managed to kick hellacious ass all over the brotherhood of guitar since her eponymous debut album unveiled her soulful slide playing and singing back in 1971. Using the blues as a launching pad, Raitt fearlessly explored folk, R&B, Americana, and world music styles, while accumulating—as a writer herself, an interpreter of cover tunes, and a discoverer of transcendent songwriters—a stunning collection of heartfelt musical …January 9, 2006interviewmagazine
The Raitt StuffGo Magazine INTERVIEW BY REBECCA L WEBER Perhaps my biggest-name interview is Bonnie Raitt. (Though amongst us English major types, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is right up there.) Hers was a hard interview to secure, but once we began, she turned out to be one of the easiest and most gracious (can I just say “best”?) interviewees I’ve ever spoken with. I was on one of AirTran’s planes the month that my piece came out for Go, AirTran’s (now defunct) …January 1, 2006interview
CMT Crossroads Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett – The Factory – Franklin – TN  by Jeanne Petersen OK… I must say… seeing Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett on the same stage at the CMT Crossroads taping last night was absolutely incredible. Definitely makes the highlight reel for 2005 for me. Loved the room where it was shot at The Factory in Franklin. It had that cozy industrial loft feel and the set was amazing. It was also pretty intimate… I’d guess there weren’t more than 200 or so people packed in there. I’m …, , , December 15, 2005concerts friends reviews video mediacmt-crossroads
Bonnie Raitt Kindness Yields the ETCFC and TSPB ~$4,000 for Biodiesel OutreachShe fuels her four tour buses and trucks with B20 and speaks about the importance of its use almost everywhere she goes. What else can you ask for from 9-time Grammy-winning musician Bonnie Raitt? Is doing a press event and after show reception too much? Not for Bonnie… What a fantastic person! Through coordination with the National Biodiesel Board and some other partners like the Guacamole Fund (coordinated the event), the ETCFC was the beneficiary of the opportunity to sell …December 10, 2005activismbiodiesel
Bonnie Raitt – Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN)by Barry Mazor It’s about time. I mean, sure, it was good to see Bonnie Raitt and her band in town and on this stage, which she referred to as “hallowed ground,” on the face of it. But what I’m reporting is that Raitt’s show itself is now truly about time — and all things passing. Like Rosanne Cash, a performer more often seen in this setting, Raitt has been grappling with the recent loss of both a famed father …, December 8, 2005concerts reviews
Review: Bonnie Raitt live at Wiltern Theater in Los Angelesby Steven Mirkin Bonnie Raitt isn’t one to hide the years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee appears too comfortable in her own skin and is having too good a time for that. She presents a good many of the songs performed in her 90-minute show as bits of hard-earned wisdom, an attitude underscored by her smoky, aged-in-wood voice. “I’ve learned how to bend,” she told the sold-out aud, “but more importantly, I learned how not to be …, , November 22, 2005bootlegs concerts reviews media
Beyond the Bluesby Jason MacNeil There are a few musicians who after years of toiling, touring, trials and tribulations finally breakthrough into a new level of stardom. And it often seems to be that when they do, they push themselves even further to excel or at worse maintain a high level of consistently strong albums. After close to two decades in the music business, Bonnie Raitt finally struck gold in 1990 with her Nick Of Time album, garnering four Grammy Awards. While …November 5, 2005interviewmagazine
Bonnie Raitt Oct. 11, 2005 Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theater)Bonnie Raitt’s been around long enough to have ghosts — or at least friendly spirits — all over the country. And she was feeling them when she and her band hit Ann Arbor for the fifth show of their North American tour supporting Raitt’s new album, “Souls Alike.” An effusive Raitt told the sold-out crowd at the Michigan Theater all about her past in the town, right down to meeting support act Stephen Bruton at a 1971 gig opening for …, October 15, 2005concerts reviews
The road’s no burnout for RaittJane Ganahl – Tuesday, September 13, 2005 A hot breeze whooshes through the entrance of a Sausalito waterfront restaurant and in walks a figure silhouetted by the afternoon sun. With a mane of red hair and a yoga-fit form doing a tomboyish strut, it could only be Bonnie Raitt. All she’s lacking is a guitar to make the picture complete. The owner of course recognizes the nine-time Grammy winner and asks if we’d like a bottle of Champagne. “What are …September 13, 2005interviewtour
Come On in My Kitchenby Lydia Hutchinson   Bonnie Raitt extended interviewWhat follows are exclusive excerpts from our interview with Bonnie Raitt that didn’t make it in the printed version for space reasons. Enjoy!     On The New Album: I noticed that this is the first time you’ve listed yourself as the producer of one of your albums. Albums are always a collaboration, and in my case I pick partners in the studio—a producer or an engineer—because they have a real affinity musically …September 1, 2005interviewmagazine
Bonnie Raitt Kicks Off ‘Souls Alike’ Tour On October 5thLOS ANGELES (Capitol Records) – While Souls Alike is Raitt’s eighteenth album, it has the spirit and excitement of a newcomer. It’s the first album of her career to bear the credit “Produced by Bonnie Raitt,” and many of the eleven songs are from relatively unknown songwriters. “A lot of my life’s eureka moments came when I heard people like John Prine, Fred McDowell, or Paul Brady,” she says. “And now I’ve found a new crop of songwriters that I …April 8, 2005concertssouls-alike-tour
Bonnie Raitt: “Warners broke my heart, I felt betrayed, pissed off…by Jerry Ewing   After debuting in ’71, it took years for Bonnie Raitt to gain mass acclaim, despite alcoholism and a bitter split with her first label, she’s now the elder stateswoman of rock and blues “You should have spoken to me when I was in my twenties,” Bonnie Raitt giggles, running her hand through a shock of red hair, before adding coquettishly: “talk about a Cinderella story.” I’m talking to her on the eve of an all too …, July 21, 2004biography interview
Raitt, Waits, Buffalo jam with S.F. schoolkidsJoel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic   Bonnie Raitt told the kids at Spring Valley Elementary about learning guitar when she was 8 years old. Her hands weren’t large enough to span the fretboard and make an F chord, so she learned to do it with her thumb. “Tell Bonnie what we call the F chord,” said their guitar teacher, Laura Chinn-Smoot. “The ouch chord,” a couple of dozen young public school guitar students said in unison. Raitt inveigled …, , October 23, 2003activism benefits eventlittle-kids-rock
Striking a political chordJim Doyle, Chronicle Staff Writer The flaming redhead with the saucy mouth logs more time at San Francisco City Hall than your average citizen. She doesn’t draw a government paycheck. But now and then, she takes the stage in front of the Civic Center Plaza and lets it rip. You might say it’s her day job. For 33 years, Bonnie Raitt has pursued a career in political activism as passionately as her longtime gig as a recording artist. Lady Six …, March 28, 2003activism biographyactivism
Marching for Peace in San Francisco  Feb. 16 Protest Draws Thousands to S.F. Rally The anti-war demonstration began Sunday morning with an 11 o’clock rally at Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. At around noon, the march began up Market Street toward the City Center Plaza. Along the way, Chronicle photographers captured the sights — and signs — throughout the day. Protesters, including actor Danny Glover, writer Alice Walker and singers Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez, tied the San Francisco event to …, February 20, 2003activism event
Bonnie Raitt At Today’s Peace Rally In San Francisco  Story by ANDREW EDWARDS   Bonnie Raitt At Today’s Peace Rally In San Francisco © Lisa Rein In the midst of a march of thousands, tens of thousands, their signs pumping up and down like pistons in a massive anti-war machine, a daisy-chain of white prayer flags flapped delicately in the breeze. At the poles were the old, the young, the starry-eyed, the hard-bitten, veterans of protests past, veterans of foreign wars, first-time protesters (like myself), housewives, grandmothers, treesitters, …, January 18, 2003activism event
Bonnie Raitt powers solar benefitBy STEPHANIE CHASTEEN – Sentinel correspondent – November 15, 2002 SANTA CRUZ — Bonnie Raitt’s Green Highway is coming to a green doorstep. Raitt will perform a benefit concert for the Vote Solar Initiative and the Santa Cruz Energy Action Coalition at the Civic Auditorium on Sunday. She and her crew will pull into Santa Cruz accompanied by a traveling fair of green energy partners. The entire concert, dubbed “Green Highway,” will be off the energy grid: Lighting will be …, November 15, 2002activism concertsgreen-highway
Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born into a decidedly musical David Hodge “I think people must wonder how a white girl like me became a blues guitarist. The truth is, I never intended to do this for a living.” Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born into a decidedly musical family. Her father, John, was one of the leading lights of the Broadway musicals, with roles in Oklahoma! Carousel and The Pajama Game (he also played the lead, alongside Doris Day in the film adaptation). Her mother was a pianist. But …August 1, 2002biography
5 June 2002: Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, Coloradoby Wendy Robinson – 19 June 2002 Blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt is currently touring to promote her latest album, Silver Lining. On 5 June 2002, Raitt’s tour made a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. The Rocks provided the perfect stage for the fiery Raitt, reflecting her glowing presence in kind. Jon Cleary and the Absolute Gentlemen opened for Raitt for a night of feel-good music and just plain fun. Cleary and his boys had an already almost-full amphitheater …, June 19, 2002concerts reviewsred-rocks-amphitheater
Bonnie Raitt – Silver Liningby Jason MacNeil – 29 May 2002 Only a few musicians in today’s highly competitive and cutthroat music industry can actually say they’ve gotten better with age. Most try to recapture past glories, roll with the punches and fads, or relive old songs in a tempo reduced to two-thirds of the original. Fewer still deliver the goods album after album, regardless of Father or Mother Time. To fathom Bonnie Raitt falling into this category is ridiculous, as she’s proven on …, May 29, 2002cd reviews mediacd
African Stars and Bonnie Raitt Wow New York. Let Freedom Sing!by Banning Eyre It was a night for the history books at the Bottom Line on April 29, when Afropop Worldwide presented Let Freedom Sing, two sets of music starring The Mahotella Queens, Dorothy Masuka, Thomas Mapfumo, and special guest Bonnie Raitt. The event was part awards ceremony, part fundraiser, part observance of South Africa Freedom Day–the anniversary of that country’s first true election–and all spectacular music. Mapfumo, Masuka, and the Queens were all inducted into the Afropop Hall of …, May 10, 2002benefits concertsafropop
Bonnie Raitt Shakes it Upby Scott SimonMay 4, 2002 Blues veteran Bonnie Raitt talks with Weekend Edition Saturday’s Scott Simon about her new album, Silver Lining. The collection of blues numbers, ballads and collaborations with Malian musicians is one of her most varied projects to date. tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player. Source: © Copyright National Public Radio, May 4, 2002cd interview mediasilver-lining
Personal politicsBy Marty Demarest As someone who grew up in the Inland Northwest, writer Sherman Alexie has always been conscious of his connection to the cultures and landscape of the region. Whether they inform the settings and characters in his prose and films or the rhythmic patterns that drive his poetry, they are present, active forces. Tracking down the moments when he became aware of them, however, can be tricky. Nevertheless, Alexie does remember when he first became conscious of the …, September 13, 2001activism benefits
Raitt, Environmentalists, Jailed in Boise Cascade ProtestCHICAGO, Illinois, July 25, 2001 (ENS) – Twenty national environmental and social justice activists, authors and musicians were arrested near Chicago today as they protested the practices of timber giant Boise Cascade. After a press conference this morning at which the activists claimed that the timber company has mounted “a crusade to silence critics of its logging practices,” the group conducted a protest at Boise Cascade’s Office Products headquarters in nearby Itasca, Illinois. “Boise Cascade has launched a covert campaign …July 25, 2001activismboise-cascade john-densmore rainforest-action-network
Bonnie Raitt performs in prisonCountry blues singer Bonnie Raitt has played a free two-hour concert at San Quentin State Prison, in the US. The singer performed in front of about 2,000 male inmates in the prison yard. In an interview before the show, Raitt spoke about her addiction to alcohol and drugs, which she called “the blues disease” . The concert on 23 June was her first within the walls of a prison, she said. ‘Heartbreak’ “We’re all here together,” Raitt said. “We’re all …June 25, 2001activismbread-and-roses
A Blueswoman in Mali – Bonnie Raitt and the Bamako BluesInterview by Sean Barlow Rereading this piece in 2015 from 14 years ago, roughly the half-life of Afropop, is nostalgic in so many ways. First, there is the memory of Mali in those wonderful, hopeful days. The tragedies of recent years in this—among the most beloved of all the African destinations I’ve known—would have been unimaginable in 2000, when we ventured to Bamako and beyond with Bonnie Raitt. Our journeys and jams with musicians during three magical weeks in Mali …, February 1, 2001event interviewmali
Bonnie Raitt inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of FameWhen Bonnie Raitt won a phenomenal four Grammys in 1990, it came as overdue recognition for an artist who had been breaking down barriers of gender and genre since the early Seventies.     Her feel for the blues was evident on her first album, Bonnie Raitt (1971), and though she’s explored different kinds of material over the years — including pop, rock and balladry — a serious rooting in the blues has remained evident in her work. Bonnie Lynn Raitt was …, March 6, 2000awards eventrock-roll-hall-of-fame
Women Changing The Face of MusicIssue #43 January/February 2000 by Lydia Hutchinson Let’s just put aside for a moment the fact that Bonnie Raitt is one of the most important musicians of this century, showing the world that a woman can wield a guitar while holding her own alongside the legends. And let’s ignore the detail that as a singer, this whiskey-voiced performer nails every note, and will move you wherever she wants you to go – to dance, cry, laugh, or sigh. And while …January 1, 2000interviewmagazine
Raitt Leads R&B ReunionJoel Selvin, Chronicle Pop Music Critic Bonnie Raitt cut loose with a set of R&B and blues songs at Mill Valley’s Sweetwater after a gig by her former band, Padlock. Photo by Thor Swift for the Chronicle   Nobody was particularly surprised when Bonnie Raitt stepped up to the stage Saturday at Sweetwater in Mill Valley. For one thing, Padlock, her former backup band, was playing two gigs that weekend practically in her backyard. For another, she had been sitting …, , December 13, 1999concerts event reviewsmill-valley sweetwater
Browne, Raitt, Hornsby, Colvin in Joyful Collaborationby Joel Selvin, Chronicle Pop Music Critic There were more grins, kisses and hugs onstage Sunday at the joint concert by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin and Bruce Hornsby at Shoreline Amphitheatre than at a family reunion. Nobody in the audience could have enjoyed the show any more than the musicians. “Can these people sing or what?” squealed a delighted Bonnie Raitt. “As far as white people go . . .” These four singers slipped in and out of …, September 21, 1999concerts reviewsthe-sensitive-ones
Raitt, Hornsby, Colvin and Browneby Randy Cohen Concord, CA Saturday's concert wasn't about promoting a new CD or the usual oiling of music biz machinery. It's just about four talented artists that love music. Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and Bonnie Raitt, whose paths often have crossed on tours and in the studio while working on one another's albums, have packaged their mutual admiration for a 22-show tour. "These are my favorite singers and songwriters in the world," Raitt said in an interview …, September 18, 1999concerts reviewsthe-sensitive-ones
Songwriter’s Summit – Raitt, Browne, Hornsby, Colvin, and Lindley send off summer at the RocksBy Owen Perkins   The Sensitive One’s – Red Rocks, Denver CO – Sept.12, 1999 1. Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies 2. Everywhere I Go 3. Down The Road Tonight 4. You And The Mona Lisa 5. Dimming Of The Day 6. Thing Called Love 7. Shotgun Down The Avalanche 8. Lost Soul 9. Barricades Of Heaven 10. World In Motion 11. I Believe I Am In Love With You 12. Nick Of Time 13. The Facts About …, September 16, 1999concerts friendsthe-sensitive-ones
BONNIE RAITT GOING LIKE ’60 II’NEW YORK DAILY NEWSTuesday, February 16, 1999 On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Dan Rather profiles Raitt for “60 Minutes II“, taking viewers backstage at a “Tonight Show” taping and at her triumphant homecoming gig at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre. “I’ve never worked for anybody before, that makes me pretty cocky,” says the 49-year-old singer and guitarist. So it is, Raitt tells Rather, that her eight-year marriage to actor Michael O’Keefe has been “a humbling experience. I don’t get to be the …February 16, 1999interview
Q&A: Bonnie RaittBy David Wild – May 28, 1998 OF THE COUNTLESS ARTISTS WHOOWE A DEBT TO THE BLUES, no one has repaid that debt with more amazing grace than Bonnie Raitt; she has consistently given credit where credit is due. That’s fitting, since the blues was a fundamental part of Raitt’s musical education. The blues spirit is still alive and well on Fundamental, Raitt’s latest album, an eclectic gem that follows a series of career-altering smashes produced by Don Was. Fundamental …May 28, 1998interviewdick-waterman
Bonnie Raitt – Fundamental review by John MilwardJohn Milward What strikes you first about the new Bonnie Raitt album is the unmistakable sound of a band rocking out in real time, and that’s why “Fundamental” is reminding everybody of the singer’s 1971 self-titled debut. “We recorded live on four tracks because we wanted a more spontaneous and natural feeling in the music,” Raitt wrote in the liner notes to that album, “a feeling often sacrificed when the musicians know they can overdub their part on a separate …, April 23, 1998cd reviews mediafundamental
Charles Brown Gets His Reward – Raitt, Hooker celebrate R&B veteran’s comebackby Joel Selvin, Chronicle Pop Music Critic Not long ago rhythm-and-blues giant Charles Brown was working as a janitor, although he was always careful with his fingers because he knew he would return to the piano someday. But he probably would never have guessed he would celebrate his 75th birthday in such grand musical style. At the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Sunday he was saluted by greats such as Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Scott and Ruth Brown …November 4, 1997friendscharles-brown ruth-brown
The WWWomen Quilt PagesBonnie Raitt by Debra “The thread of justice, of treating each other right, is something I find in both human rights issues and the blues. The relationship between men and women — a basis of most blues — is the first place you learn about morality. About how to listen and how to stand up.” – Bonnie Raitt My first aquaintance with Bonnie Raitt came from her contribution to the 1978 “No Nukes Concert,” a John Prine song called “Angel …, August 19, 1997activism biography
Bonnie Raitt To Be Awarded Third Harvard Arts MedalFirst Raitt Medalist In the spring of 1970, when outraged demonstrators roiled Harvard Square protesting the bombing of Cambodia, Bonnie Raitt ’72 was in the thick of it. “The police chased me into the Hayes-Bickford [cafeteria],” she recalls. “I pretended I was drinking a cup of coffee.” At the time Raitt was a concentrator in Afro-American studies, as well as, in her words, “a Quaker, an activist, and a burgeoning feminist.” One thing that attracted her to Harvard, she says, …February 27, 1997awardsharvard-university radcliffe-college
Thousands Take a Stand To Protect HeadwatersAlex Barnum, Chronicle Staff Writer Carlotta, Humboldt County — Several hundred demonstrators were arrested outside this tiny North Coast mill town yesterday when they stepped onto private timberland during a protest demanding permanent protection of the Headwaters forest, the largest stand of privately- owned, old-growth redwoods in the world. Thousands of demonstrators earlier in the day squeezed onto a narrow strip of the shoulder of Highway 36, outside the gates of a mill owned by Pacific Lumber Co. They attacked …September 16, 1996activismactivism headwaters judy-bari
Bonny Bonnie Raitt – Interviewby Ann Powers – Dec, 1995 Perhaps it’s her trademark cherry orange mane that makes Bonnie Raitt so open-minded, full of humor and warmth. Redheads understand that their seductiveness is linked to a sense of fun and being a little unusual. But the blues have made her sexy, without turning her into a pinup. Most of all – and this is why Bonnie Raitt has hit her stride in her forties, when most female media creations are taking long sabbaticals …December 14, 1995interviewroad-tested
Bonnie Raitt, a Balladeer for the 90’sBy JON PARELES Bonnie Raitt started out in the 1970’s as a blues singer. Two decades later, her songs still hold on to the forthrightness and the pained determination of the blues. But at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday night, when she opened a two-night stand, the most telling moments came during her ballads. Ms. Raitt is one of the least showy singers in rock; she makes the song seem to tell its story by itself. Her voice has …, August 5, 1994concerts reviewsjohn-raitt
Q&A: Bonnie RaittBy Jancee Dunn – April 21, 1994 We all think we know the story of Bonnie Raitt. Still, it’s hard to slap a label on her. She spent her formative years hanging out in smoky blues clubs, but she also attended Radcliffe College. She has the image of a tireless activist, a woman who would seemingly go to a benefit for dandruff victims; but she also has a bawdy sense of humor (as she proved just prior to the interview, …April 21, 1994interview
CELEBRATING WITH: John and Bonnie Raitt; Like Father, Unlike DaughterBy ALEX WITCHEL Published: February 2, 1994 “IS that Bonnie?” The fan is young, in his mid-20’s, and he looks at Bonnie Raitt, seven-time Grammy winner, as she walks down the street, with love in his eyes and lust in his heart. But who is that with her, that tall, still-dapper white-haired man in the black leather jacket? The fan seems puzzled. It is her father, John Raitt, who was the original Billy Bigelow in “Carousel” on Broadway in 1945 …, , , February 2, 1994awards event interview photographyjohn-raitt theater-hall-of-fame
Raitt & Raitt: A Musical Partnership Long Time ComingJuly 07, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES The most notable parent-and-child duets in recent years have been pieced together half-posthumously in the studio, with talented engineers providing much of the magic. Think of Nat and Natalie, or Hank and Hank Jr. But with Sunday’s airing of “Evening at Pops” on PBS, fans of the popular music of two distinct generations will get a rare chance to see a father and daughter equally famous in their separate …July 7, 1992concertsboston-pops-orchestra
Commencement address Bonnie Raitt (1992)I am extremely humbled at this time. I was so inspired after listening to you today, Joe [referring to the Commencement address given moments earlier by Joe Smith, CEO, Capitol-EMI Music Inc.]. President Berk, I don’t know what to say, I feel like I did when I was a freshman and 18—just a few minutes ago—across the river [referring to her days at Radcliffe]. To be celebrated in the town where I started to play and had my first dreams …May 2, 1992awardsberklee-college-of-music
She who laughs last…by Andy Gill Collectors of happy endings, look no further. Bonnie Raitt’s career was dumper-bound until a P45 from her record company inspired her to rediscover her musical roots. And now, as Andy Gill discovers, she’s got those ol’ Grammy Award-winnin’ blues. All of a sudden, Bonnie Raitt was Number 1. After a career of close on two decades, it was hardly an overnight success, but so little had been heard of her since the early ’80s that when 1989’s …September 1, 1991interviewmagazine
Bonnie Raitt does not want to be a pop starIt’s four minutes before the taping of The Arsenio Hall Show, and Bonnie Raitt has lost something. ”Where’s my honey?” she asks plaintively, striding down a Hall hall. Following Raitt is her manager, Danny Goldberg, who has his own problems. He’s not sure he wants a reporter hanging around in the nervous minutes before the taping; then, too, another of his clients, Rickie Lee Jones, has shown up suddenly, and he wants to make sure she receives some of his …August 23, 1991eventarsenio-hall-show magazine
Bruce Springsteen Returns: Joins Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne For Christic BenefitChristic Institute Benefit News CoverageNews clips about the Christic Institute Benefit show feat. Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Rait and Jackson Browne in Nov. 1990. Learn more about the Christic Institute: Springsteen - Red Headed Woman (Acoustic Live 1990-11-17)Bruce Springsteen - Red Headed Woman, second night of the Christic Institute Benefit - Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles CA on November 17, 1990 Intro to ´Red Headed Woman´´´Yeah, this is,´s funny , about 20 years ago Jackson and, and Bonnie …, , January 10, 1991benefits concerts friendsbootleg christic-benefit
The Bonnie Raitt CollectionMark Cooper – Q Magazine – September 1990 THE RELEASE OF this 20-track retrospective of her nine Warners albums must be sweet revenge for Bonnie Raitt. An original member of the quality school of writers and performers who were nourished by the label in the early ’70s, Raitt was twice dropped by Warners in the ’80s. When she and the label parted company in 1986, Raitt was alcoholic, overweight and seemingly on the scrapheap. But, as one of the great …, September 6, 1990cd reviews media
Bonnie Raitt Brings The Blues, Grammy Tunes To The Mannby Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic   July 28 1990 – Mann Music Center – Philadelphia, PA Slicing her guitar through the air at the end of the opening number “Three Time Loser,” Bonnie Raitt stood center stage at the Mann Music Center Saturday and proclaimed “I don’t have to take it anymore.” This wasn’t merely a statement of frustration, or a jilted lover’s bitter resolution. This was fact: Raitt, who has encountered surprisingly warm commercial reception ever since her …, July 30, 1990concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt: The Rolling Stone InterviewBy James Henke | May 3, 1990   “It’s the Grammy lady! It’s the Grammy lady!”   Bonnie Raitt hadn’t even made it out of the parking lot and into the terminal at the San Francisco International Airport when one of her nightmares suddenly became real. Like most performers, Raitt suffers from a couple of recurring anxiety dreams. In one, she’s being pushed onto a stage with her father, actor and singer John Raitt, and she doesn’t know the words …, May 3, 1990biography interview
RAITT WORTH HER WEIGHT IN HEAVY, HEARTY SOUNDSBy Brent Israelsen, Staff Writer BONNIE RAITT: in concert at Park City Racquet Club (UT) with the James Cotton Blues Band, Nov.25 one show only. Bonnie Raitt just turned 40. Doesn’t bother her a bit. In fact, she’s enjoying life more. And it shows. “I had fun when I was young . . . but it wasn’t nothing like this,” she said Saturday night, striking the final chord to a rhythm ‘n’ blues thumper.Wearing a provocative purple smock, black tights …, November 27, 1989concerts reviews
Jerry Garcia Band with Bonnie Raitt, Berkeley Greek 8.30.1987by Corry Arnold, FEBRUARY 9, 2012 August 30, 1987: Greek Theater, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA: Jerry Garcia Band/Bonnie Raitt The Keystone Berkeley had closed in 1984, and the Keystone Palo Alto in 1986. The Stone in San Francisco would remain open for a few more years under Herrera ownership, but Garcia had simply outgrown the venue, and his last show there was May 31, 1987. The migration by Garcia to the BGP empire can now be seen as significant, but …September 1, 1987concertsjerry-garcia
Bonnie Raitt Starts Over, In Minnesota With PrinceBy Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star and Tribune.   If you want to start over, sometimes it`s best to go back to where you started. That`s what Bonnie Raitt has done. She went back to Minnesota this year to begin recording anew-with fellow Minnesotan Prince-after severing a 15-year relationship with Warner Bros. Records. In 1971, Raitt recorded her debut album in folk-bluesman Dave Ray`s studio in a garage on an island in Lake Minnetonka. That LP was the California singer`s first …August 27, 1987interviewprince
Bonnie Raitt among the first American rockers (and only female guitarist) to perform in an historic U.S./U.S.S.R. music blowoutBy JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer   Launch into a conversation with Bonnie Raitt and you’ll be amazed where it can lead: From the new Russian spirit of Glasnost (openness) to the CIA-drug- smuggling scandal to her latest musical collaborations with the Purple Wonder, Prince. Headlining Thursday at Valley Forge Music Fair, Bonnie Raitt was among the first American rockers (and the only female guitarist) to perform in an historic, July 4 U.S./U.S.S.R. music blowout at Moscow’s Dynamo Stadium. …, , July 31, 1987activism concerts event
Sippie Wallace and Bonnie Raitt Prove That Blues Birds of a Feather Can Flock TogetherBy Carl Arrington, Maryanne George Sippie Wallace, 83, is a stout black woman whose heyday as a blues singer was in the 1920s. Bonnie Raitt, 32, is a lean, fast-living rock ‘n’ roller who travels in WASPy music circles in L.A. Sippie is a believing Baptist whose friends and contemporaries have included Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. Bonnie, more devout in her liberal politics than in religion, numbers among her friends Jane Fonda, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash. They have …April 12, 1982friendsann-arbor-blues-jazz-festival sippie-wallace
Abalone Alliance Rally – San Luis Obispo, CAby David Middlecamp Warning: The stylesheets were not loaded! You will need to change the Load stylesheets setting from Automatically to On homepage or On all pages. You can set that here. Arial photo of the Abalone Alliance Concert "Stop Diablo Canyon" Camp Edwards San Luis Obispo, CA 6-30-1979 © Wayne Nicholls Crowd at the Abalone Alliance Concert "Stop Diablo Canyon" Camp Edwards San Luis Obispo, CA 6-30-1979 © Tony Hertz Governor Edmund Gerald "Jerry” Brown Jr. at the Abalone …June 30, 1979activismdiablo-canyon environment
Bonnie Raitt to Headline Spring Fling GalaBy JONATHAN GREER Folk-rocker Bonnie Raitt will headline the Saturday night Spring Fling concert, Spring Fling co-chairman Kathy Sklar announced Tuesday.    The announcement ends widespread campus speculation about the identity of the artist. Singer Garland Jeffries will open the show, which will cap the threeday Quadrangle festival.    The announcement of the Raitt concert, which reportedly was agreed upon several months ago, was delayed by special conditions in the performer’s contract with the University. According to concert organizer Larry Osterman, a …April 12, 1978concerts
Bonnie Raitt – A Talent In TransitionBy Patricia Brody BONNIE RAITT was almost a folksinger, part of the plethora of guitar-playing protesters of the Sixties led by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Sitting in her girlhood bedroom in a house atop Coldwater Canyon’s peacefully affluent Mulholland Drive, Bonnie, born in Burbank, California, in 1949, was inspired by loneliness to teach herself guitar. “If I’d been able to hang out with other kids, I’d never have gotten into it,” says the daughter of successful Broadway actor John …May 1, 1977interviewdick-waterman freebo magazine skip-james son-house
How Sweet It Is….by Don Snowden – March 15, 1977 On the eve of the release of her sixth album, Sweet Forgiveness, Bonnie Raitt still remains something of an anomaly in a music biz that usually relegates women to the role of backup “chick” singers. There simply aren’t many women fronting their own bands and playing badass guitar to boot–not to mention the nastiest Delta-styled bottleneck work this side of Muddy Waters–around these days. Add her staunch feminism and socialist political stance–though she …, March 15, 1977biography reviewssweet-forgiveness
Singer Bonnie Raitt has roots in bluesBy Mary Campbell AP Newsfeatures Writer      A lot can be said about Bonnie Raitt. She’s known for blues but she performs contemporary ballads as well. She travels a lot but in 1975 bought a house with a white picket fence around it. Her career is built more on live performances than on recordings. She has firm political and social convictions and plays a lot of benefits for organizations she believes in. She’s the 26-year-old daughter of singer John Raitt, …January 25, 1976interviewann-arbor-blues-jazz-festival
Bonnie Raitt Ain’t Gonna be Your Sugar Mama No MoreBy Ben Fong-Torres | December 18, 1975 It is Alice Doesn’t Day, October 29th, a day to show the system how much it depends on women. Women are urged by the National Organization for Women to refuse to work, in or out of the house, in or out of bed. It’s 1:30 on Alice Doesn’t Day, but Bonnie Raitt is hung over and doesn’t know what day it is — she is in downtown Nashville, using Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge as …, December 18, 1975biography interviewrolling-stone
Home Plate (Warner Bros.)Penny Valentine – Sounds, November 1975 BONNIE RAITT is an intriguing talent, firmly rooted in the music of men like Otis Rush and Fred McDowell whom she met and worked with in her late teens. She has an inherent quality in her voice, in her interpretation of a song, not just admirably suited to contemporary blues but ready to give them the kind of fearless personal exposure and involvement that has made me regard her as a walking miracle. Aside …, November 10, 1975lp reviews mediahome-plate
Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie Comes Marching HomePenny Valentine, Sounds, 12 July 1975 When Bonnie Raitt comes marching home to pack Carnegie Hall, Penny Valentine is there to talk to “the one woman who is a pure musician in the physical sense” A SULLEN, warm, New York night and on the pavement outside Carnegie Hall kids hang out at interval time drinking cans of Coke, lighting up cigarettes in the dusk, overspilling into the 57th Street traffic that rumbles past. These are blue jeaned babies hitting the …July 12, 1975interviewsounds
Bonnie Raitt And Friends Jam at Orpheumby Niki Rockwell For a long time I have been watching feminism developing in the field of music. I am tired of hearing the classic comment “Oh, that music is just for women” made about performers like Dionne Warwick. We have a few cult figures, headed by Joni Mitchell. Her commercial popularity came primarily from the male attentions of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, although the cult realized her tremendous song writing ability many years before. We have our folk/political singer: Joan Baez, We have Fanny to convince us that females can compete with …October 29, 1974concertssippie-wallace
Bonnie Raitt Cites Difficulty In Cutting AlbumBlues Singer Bonnie Raitt “I Hate Working in a Structured Situation”October 14, 1974concerts
Bonnie is Intimate Wherever She Goesby Mary Martin Niebold © Copyright The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 10, 1974concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt – Why I Sing the BluesProduction Company: The Women’s Hour – The Red Tape Collective Presented by: WBCN – Boston tip: most convenient way to listen while browsing along is to use the popup button of the player. In the first ten minutes of the program we hear cuts from John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt and Arthur Big Boy Cruddup along with Memphis Minnie. We also hear Bonnie talk about where her interest in the blues came from and how she chose music making over …, January 15, 1974interview photography
Bonnie was uncomfortable but audience was in loveBonnie Raitt and Randy Newman at The Shubert in Philadelphia - Philadelphia Bulletin - Sept. 24, 1973, September 24, 1973concerts reviewsshubert
Bonnie Raitt Gives It BackDavid Rensin | Crawdaddy!, March 1973 LOS ANGELES – Bonnie Raitt is by nature a purposeful woman. On a personal level, she is attempting to forge a new ethic reaching beyond the often selfimposed limitations of today’s recording/performing artists. Bonnie is warm and disarming – she smiles, you smile. Yet at 22, she is already aware of both the advantages and consequences of her chosen way of life. “When I started out I didn’t even want to make a record,” …March 6, 1973interviewcrawdaddy
Warmth and Simplicity: Raitt and Koernerby Pam Brown Bonnie Raitt and Spider John Koerner – Brown University, Alumnae Hall Alumnae Hall lost some of its forbidding austerity when two young blues artists from Massachusetts, Bonnie Raitt and Spider John Koerner performed there Friday night. The cold, New England formality of the building was countered by a music whose roots lie in small, Southern churches, Appalachian back porches and railway depots, a music that is born of raw feelings and basic human experiences. Although both singers …, February 14, 1972concerts reviews
Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie RaittBy Chris Hamel Bonnie Raitt’s debut album features an unusual collection of songs performed by an unusual assortment of musicians. And Bonnie is something out of the ordinary herself. She has been traveling the blues-festival circuit since 1968, playing the Boston-New York-Philadelphia folk run, since 1970. Now she has done something unusual with her first Warners album. In August, Bonnie rented a fishing camp on a Minnesota island, solicited the production services of Willie Murphy, the musical talent of his …, February 3, 1972lp reviews mediaa-c-reed junior-wells peter-bell willie-murphy
Mighty Tight Woman – SIPPIE WALLACEby Paul Oliver   A splendid anachronism, Sippie Wallace; a singular survivor of a long past blues tradition. There was a time, in the Forties, when almost the only form of blues which had any recognition was that called ‘classic blues’. The term itself is vague enough and does not carry in it any specific form, or style, or means of expression. But though it lacks a real definition the classic blues has meant for collectors and jazz enthusiasts the …, , April 15, 1967biography lp reviews mediasippie-wallace

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