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Raitt at Wolf Trap: Something to Talk About

on July 5, 2006 No comments
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by 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 members of her band, gave a shout-out to Public Citizen and dedicated “Papa Come Quick” to WRNR DJ Damian Einstein. But unquestionably personal concerns were reflected in a version of “Nick of Time,” in which the verse about her aging parents was, poignantly, newly set in the past tense.

She dug deep into her catalogue for authoritative yet comfortable readings of Sippie Wallace’s “Woman Be Wise” and NRBQ’s “Me and the Boys.” Recent songs such as Maia Sharp’s “I Don’t Want Anything to Change” were strong, but old favorites such as “Angel From Montgomery” and “Love Letter” — both featuring guest vocals and guitar by opener Keb’ Mo’ — were incandescent.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me,” so familiar it’s hard to hear anew, became a portrait of wonder and pain, with Raitt’s voice taking on a fullness that the blues-loving waif of 35 years ago must have longed to achieve. She’s grown into a powerhouse performer, yes, but the spark of rediscovery is always there, turning what might otherwise seem like laurel-resting or midlife dilettantism into impassioned renewal. May she never lose the power to surprise.

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

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

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

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

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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCz0TyBI1FA
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