Bonnie Raitt plays the soundtrack of our lives. Her honesty, her warmth, her been-there, felt-that songs seem to be ripped from the pages of our own diaries. Listening to her music feels like sitting down with an old friend when the blues hit hard, but the company we’re in is the best medicine.
Twenty albums, 10 Grammys, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, countless gigs and other recognition … Bonnie’s life has been a life of music. Since she was given her first guitar at the age of eight, her path was made evident. Encouraged by her parents, the Broadway star John Raitt and her pianist mother, Marge Goddard, Bonnie dove into the blues, folk and protest scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was attending college. Honing her remarkable vocals and nuanced slide guitar work in area coffeehouses, she was blessed to be a able to open for and learn from some of the giants in the blues world – she counts Sippie Wallace, John Lee Hooker, Son House and Muddy Waters as mentors in music and in life.
Her dedication and passion is not only the blues, but to the art of the song. Her covers of songs by the likes of John Hiatt, Michael Hutchence, T-Bone Burnett, Sippie Wallace and John Prine are often viewed as definitive versions. Her slide work has earned her inclusion in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and her own self-penned tunes reach deep with their honesty and emotional impact.
A dedicated activist, Bonnie’s interests include the anti-nuclear movement, and a program that connects young people with their musical roots. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which works to improve royalties and the alleviate financial hardship for soul and R&B artists whose work – and deserved remuneration – too often gets swept under the carpet.
Her newest album, Digging In Deep, is a celebration of new songs – originals and covers – and the amazing alchemy she loves about playing with her touring band. Ricky Fataar, George Marinelli, James “Hutch” Hutcherson, and Mike Finnegan play with intuition, finesse and an undeniably funky groove. With this record, Bonnie has, once again, told the stories of our lives with songs that dance us through our blues.
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 be a part of the BonTaj Roulet Tour with Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal. Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, both luminaries of modern blues, are joining forces for their first-ever tour together. The BonTaj Roulet Tour will be a coast-to-coast, 30-date outing in August and September, including an appearance at Telluride Blues & Brews. This show will feature Raitt and Taj on stage alone and together. Raitt, backed by her always-dazzling group, and Taj, with the six-piece, Grammy-winning Phantom Blues Band, will play full sets separately, before closing the night with a collaborative, blow-out performance.
Along with an amazing weekend of music, Telluride Blues & Brews proudly presents the Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 19, 2009. Quickly becoming one of the premier tasting events in the Southwest, the Grand Tasting features more than 150 beers from 56 microbreweries. This event has it all, from ales to lagers, nut browns to I.P.A.’s and everything in between, from award-winning microbreweries including, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, Steamworks Brewing Company, Rockslide Brewery, Smuggler’s Brewpub and Grill and many more!
Juke Joint tickets, three-day passes and camping passes for the 16th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are on sale now! A three-day pass is available for $155.00 and Juke Joint tickets are sold per night at $25. Festival camping is available adjacent to the festival grounds for $40 per person and are valid for 4 nights starting Thursday, September 11. Single-day, Bal de Maison, Fais Do Do and After Hours Jam tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. MST. Friday and Sunday tickets can be purchased for $55.00 each and Saturday for $60.00. Fais Do Do tickets are $35 and Bal de Maison are $20. After Hours Jam are $15.00. Tickets can be purchased at www.tellurideblues.com or by calling 866-515-6166.
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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