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Bonnie Raitt

Long a critic's darling, singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt did not begin to win the comparable commercial success due her until the release of the aptly titled 1989 blockbuster Nick of Time; her tenth album, it rocketed her into the mainstream consciousness nearly two decades after she first committed her unique blend of blues, rock, and R&B to vinyl. Born in Burbank, CA, on November 8, 1949, she was the daughter of Broadway star John Raitt, best known for his starring performances in such smashes as Carousel and Pajama Game. After picking up the guitar at the age of 12, Raitt felt an immediate affinity for the blues, and although she went off to attend Radcliffe in 1967, within two years she had dropped out to begin playing the Boston folk and blues club circuit. Signing with noted blues manager Dick Waterman, she was soon performing alongside the likes of idols including Howlin' Wolf, Sippie Wallace, and Mississippi Fred McDowell and in time earned such a strong reputation that she was signed to Warner Bros.

Debuting in 1971 with an eponymously titled effort, Raitt immediately emerged as a critical favorite, applauded not only for her soulful vocals and thoughtful song selection but also for her guitar prowess, turning heads as one of the few women to play bottleneck. Her 1972 follow-up, Give It Up, made better use of her eclectic tastes, featuring material by contemporaries like Jackson Browne and Eric Kaz, in addition to a number of R&B chestnuts and even three Raitt originals. 1973's Takin' My Time was much acclaimed, and throughout the middle of the decade she released an LP annually, returning with Streetlights in 1974 and Home Plate a year later. With 1977's Sweet Forgiveness, Raitt scored her first significant pop airplay with her hit cover of the Del Shannon classic "Runaway"; its follow-up, 1979's The Glow, appeared around the same time as a massive all-star anti-nuclear concert at Madison Square Garden mounted by MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), an organization she'd co-founded earlier.

Throughout her career, Raitt remained a committed activist, playing hundreds of benefit concerts and working tirelessly on behalf of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. By the early '80s, however, her own career was in trouble -- 1982's Green Light, while greeted with the usual good reviews, again failed to break her to a wide audience, and while beginning work on the follow-up, Warner unceremoniously dropped her. By this time, Raitt was also battling drug and alcohol problems as well; she worked on a few tracks with Prince, but their schedules never aligned and the material went unreleased. Instead, she finally released the patchwork Nine Lives in 1986, her worst-selling effort since her debut.

Many had written Raitt off when she teamed with producer Don Was and recorded Nick of Time; seemingly out of the blue, the LP won a handful of Grammys, including Album of the Year, and overnight she was a superstar. 1991's Luck of the Draw was also a smash, yielding the hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." After 1994's Longing in Their Hearts, Raitt resurfaced in 1998 with Fundamental. Silver Lining appeared in 2002, followed by Souls Alike in 2005, both on Capitol Records. A year later, a bootleg-feel live set, Bonnie Raitt and Friends, was released, featuring guest appearances from Norah Jones and Ben Harper, among others. Raitt stepped back from the life of a professional musician over the next few years as she dealt with the passing of her parents, her brother, and her best friend. The break from recording and touring was redemptive for Raitt in many ways, and she returned focused and renewed in 2012 with her first studio album in seven years, Slipstream, released on her own new Redwing label imprint. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Track List: Not The Only One (Live From Pensacola, FL Oct. 20, 2009) (Single)

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Track List: Right Down The Line (Single)

Comments

In 1970 I ran a college coffee house in upstate New York. We hired Bonnie based on the known talent of her father, thinking some talent had to have been passed down. Her solo performances in an intimate 200 seat theater in the round are the most significant musical experiences of my life. Having seen her many times in large arenas, nothing compares to the intimacy of a small audience. The first time I heard her sing Since I Fell for You I was hooked.
robizona
I have always loved Bonnie's music since the 70s.
She has always touched my heart so much. Alway have to turn up the volume when she come on...... :)
michael3442
Slipstream is exceptional.
Coolest female I know -my fav; I am a true fan!
Love her voice
Here's country, blues, and rocks true artist. So rare, so talent.
Things are stupid but this horrible
Bonnie you touch my heart and soul love your work
Like !
lwbbear
1971 fell hard for her music have been a fan ever since
kbc23
Always loved Bonnie,from back in 76 my sister turned me on to her. Been big fan, always a part of my life.
andrealkosia k
Any Day Woman... Love Bonnie. Thank you for your music Miss Bonnie.
Love me some BONNIE ,she has brought me to places that i thought my soul would never feel. Keep spreading that sunshine!!!
I have been there since the beginning.14 live shows and counting. Just keep on keeping on. My wife and I get it. Our love and thanks for the music!!!!
She does a gobsmackin' rendition of 'Me and the Boys' on her 'Green Light' album.
Every night
boogiespeed
I love you Bonnie.... always have...
I still love her oldies, like Louise and Good Enough. She has stood the test of time.
How can you not love Bonnie!
God I love Boonnie!!!
This week, Capital Records released a 180-gram vinyl reissue of Bonnie Raitt's Nick of Time album to commemorate it's 25th anniversary. Nick of Time was released in 1989, it peaked at No.22 on the Billboard albums chart before winning three Grammys, including album of the year and to N0.1 a year after it's release. It wound up selling 5 million copies.
sblaiva
When I comeback in my next life, I want to be a Bonnie Rait
Love your music
pretty sure home was written by karla bonoff, not sheryl crow
I like her style very much!
A real legend!
drh6187
Love Bonnie and all the blues
Forever
allencraft
This is home...peace f u l and serene.
yup
M.U.S.E. = (L.o.s.e.r.s . ) It's just bullshit! ~ Jackson Browne No Nukes. Shut up and sing!~ Laura Ingraham.
M.U.S.E. (L.o.s.e.r.s . ) It's just bullshit! ~ Jackson Browne No Nukes Shut up and sing!~ Laura Ingraham
I just love this chick!
of a 100 foot pecan tree behind the stage and began rocking the top of it until she stopped the show and saidwon't you please come down, Darling? I now feel ashamed of myself for acting so juvenile but,she did TALK TO ME! A memory I'll never forget.
Saw her on July 7, 1978 at the Mohawk Polo field in Tulsa, OK with Freebo and others in a Stop Black Fox concert. Black Fox was a proposed nuclear reactor plant scheduled to be constructed in Arkansas sponsored by M.U.S.E.. It never happened.
I remember the crowd I was running with (Hard Rock and Country Outlaws) would say Bonnie Who? when I would talk about Bonnie. That all ended one year later when she won 5 Grammys.
Being young and in love with her, during the concert in climbed top
saw her in Ft. Collins CO at Colorado St. SMALL venue. People in back talking....s h e stopped the show, told them she was up there singing her a** of for them and they could either listen or get out. She said it much more nicely than that. It was AWESOME. Also seen her twice at Winter Park, (first known as Winter Park music festival, now American Music festival) Damn she can play the slide.
Life Long Ride
Saw Bonnie & Norah On YouTube Do Tennessee Waltz Thought It Was The Greatest. Wish It Was Download Able
A female Steve ray V
Bonnie raitt when to my old high school
My Sister Debbie who no longer is with us loved Bonnie Raitt. This is for you Deb!!
BONNIE TAKES ME OUT OF MY BLUES AND ROCKS ME WITH HERS.
I LOVE HER. GBY MELANIE
8 years as a guest of mass DOC has me late 2 Pandora's party..LOVIN IT. lots 2 make up .busylisten .
lisarn568
I found Bonnie late in life after Something to Talk About. Man, I love everything I've heard from her since then. What a voice!!
New to Pandora here. Never thought opening Pandora's box would be this pleasant.
BONNIE is Great talent
I love listening to her LIVE!!!!
Play more of the artist I requested in the first place. More Bonnie!
Bonnie is one of my parents favorites... i m just now geting into it and im loving it!
I love Bonnie.
wpeloquin
One of my favorites of all time
nasty
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