Though Bonnie Raitt now holds more than a dozen Grammy awards, she certainly seemed surprised to win song of the year at Monday night’s celebration.
When the singer and songwriter’s name was called — by none other than first lady Jill Biden — she paused for a beat, mouth agape, before getting up to collect the award for her song “Just Like That.”
Later, she collected a second Grammy for best American roots song for the same tune. Speaking to American Songwriter, Raitt explained how she was inspired to write the song after watching a news segment about a mother who had donated her child’s heart after his sudden death.
“I just lost it,” she said. “It was the most moving and surprising thing. I wasn’t expecting it. I vowed right then that I wanted to write a song about what that would take.”
What some might also find surprising about the win is that Raitt recorded the album right here in the Bay Area in the summer of 2021, in Marin County’s tiny waterside enclave of Sausalito.
In fact, according to Billboard magazine, Raitt is a Bay Area resident. She relocated to Marin County part time after the tour for her 1989 album “Nick of Time,” following in the footsteps of her hero Joan Baez, who famously resided in Big Sur. Raitt now splits her time between Marin and the Los Angeles area, Billboard reported.
The album was recorded at Sausalito’s Studio D Recording, which opened in 1984. It’s where a number of chart-topping 1980s albums were made, including Huey Lewis and the News’ “Fore!” and Bruce Hornsby & the Range’s “The Way It Is.” The queen herself, Aretha Franklin, recorded “Aretha” there in 1986.
Sausalito has another recording studio, the Record Factory, which was rebooted in 2021 from the ashes of the Record Plant, which closed in 2008, according to the Pacific Sun. It was the studio where Fleetwood Mac famously recorded 1977’s “Rumours,” considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time.
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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