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 jeans at 57, had a tomboy girlishness about her, and her voice was sweet and strong. She did a lot of reminiscing between songs, and her rock ‘n’ roll spirit was evident. Yet time, particularly the recent death of her parents, has left its mark.
Raitt and her seasoned band kicked off with Junior Walker’s lively “(I’m a) Road Runner.” But Randall Bramblett’s “God Was in the Water,” which Raitt dedicated to the people of New Orleans (and recorded on her fall release “Souls Alike”), was more indicative of the set’s mellow mood and theme of kinship.
New Orleans-based keyboard player Jon Cleary led several songs, tapping out tinkling honky- tonk or heady boogie-woogie piano runs. He also duetted with Raitt to mixed effect: Cleary’s “Unnecessarily Mercenary” was fiery, but Michael McDonald’s “Matters of the Heart” was dreary.
An old Boston pal, blues harp player Jim Fitting (of Treat Her Right), joined Raitt on several songs, and a newer musical soulmate, the tour’s opening artist, pop bluesman Keb’ Mo’, came on for the encore, which included a raunchy run-through of Wilson Picket’s R&B classic “634-5789 (Soulsville, USA). “
But the most moving moment came earlier, when Raitt dedicated her song “Nick of Time” to her parents, adding, “as I do every night now.” She allowed the soul ballad’s line “I see my folks, they’re getting old” to fall slowly from her lips, her pauses adding great emotional weight.
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Bonnie will be a presenter at THE 64TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® this Sunday, April 3rd! Catch the broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network or stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Tune in to Music's Biggest Night®! ... See MoreSee Less
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Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2, the anticipated new John Prine tribute record from Oh Boy Records, is out today. Stream/purchase HERE.
Created as a celebration of Prine’s life and career, the album features new renditions of some of Prine’s most beloved songs performed by Brandi Carlile (“I Remember Everything”), Tyler Childers (“Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You”), Iris DeMent (“One Red Rose”), Emmylou Harris (“Hello In There”), Jason Isbell (“Souvenirs”), Valerie June (“Summer’s End”), Margo Price (“Sweet Revenge”), Bonnie Raitt (“Angel From Montgomery”), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (“Pretty Good”), Amanda Shires (“Saddle in the Rain”), Sturgill Simpson(“Paradise”) and John Paul White (“Sam Stone”). Proceeds from the album will benefit twelve different non-profit organizations, one selected by each of the featured artists.
Bonnie Raitt - Write Me a Few of Your Lines/Kokomo Blues
60 years anniversary celebration of Arhoolie
December 10, 2020
Arhoolie Foundation celebrates it's 60th anniversary (1960-2020) with an online broadcast.
Bonnie Raitt - Shadow of Doubt
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
October 3, 2020
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass celebrates it's 20th anniversary with an online broadcast titled “Let The Music Play On”.
Bonnie Raitt & Boz Scaggs - You Don't Know Like I Know
Farm Aid 2020 On the Road
Sam & Dave classic written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt - Everything Is Broken
[Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2019]
Eric Clapton, one of the world’s pre-eminent blues/rock guitarists, once again summoned an all-star team of six-string heroes for his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2019. Held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, the two-day concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.
'A Tribute To Mose Allison'
Celebrates The Music Of An Exciting Jazz Master
Raitt contributed to a new album, If You're Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison, which celebrates the late singer and pianist, who famously blended the rough-edged blues of the Mississippi Delta with the 1950s jazz of New York City.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Bonnie Raitt about her friendship with the Mose Allison. They're also joined by Amy Allison — his daughter, who executive produced the album — about selecting an unexpected list of artists to contribute songs to the album.
Recorded on tour June 3, 2017 - Centennial Hall, London - Ontario Canada