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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)

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Love you Bonnie, please keep singing....a lot of us have been where you have...you just keep rocking....
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michael_corp e
What I wouldn't do to be able to spend the night...le sigh.
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Karla Bonoff wrote this song~~~
Bonnie Raitt does an amazing job.
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Yep my life at the time my love slipped away many years ago
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DAVVERO BELLA ! ! ! ! !
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I'm a huge fan of your music, so sorry I can't make the Strawberry Music Festival this year. You are amazing!
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Bonnie .... Seen ya' several times and have 'rested' with ya' often....Sou l s Alike .. Many Thanks .. DW
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Love her so much. She's a fighter. Bonnie, have you ever thought about teaming up with Lyle Lovett. You both have wonderful strong and powerful voices.
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Bonnie I miss your brother, he was my sound man many years. I also miss my brother Doug Maynard. I love your voice your drive and determinatio n . Your my hero. Hugs
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silversmithf l u t e
Bonnie Raitt sings to my soul. I love it
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Love,love her Bonnie Raitt music is real down home blues with a touch of rock n R n B Awesome lady.
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Love it!
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She knows how to sing the blues.
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proud_mommy0 2 0 5
Your home is uglei�������
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Do. You. Have. Bowling. After. Lunch
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She went to my old high school
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No Business is a great song by Bonnie Raitt Sang it Bonnie .
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Check out the Warner Brothers greatest hits. It's sooo good and represents early Bonnie Raiit so well.
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I love her music. Never in your face, laid back and let's it flow.
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Groovin Bonnie, I really love her music!
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Have been told I look just like Bonnie,sure wish I could sing like she does.
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MAGNIFIQUE !!!!!!
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Your music got me through many rough spots in my life. Love you Bonnie. PS was there when your bus caught fire in Oregon.
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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.
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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...... :)
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michael3442
Slipstream is exceptional.
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Coolest female I know -my fav; I am a true fan!
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Love her voice
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Here's country, blues, and rocks true artist. So rare, so talent.
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Things are stupid but this horrible
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Bonnie you touch my heart and soul love your work
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Like !
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lwbbear
1971 fell hard for her music have been a fan ever since
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kbc23
Always loved Bonnie,from back in 76 my sister turned me on to her. Been big fan, always a part of my life.
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andrealkosia k
Any Day Woman... Love Bonnie. Thank you for your music Miss Bonnie.
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Love me some BONNIE ,she has brought me to places that i thought my soul would never feel. Keep spreading that sunshine!!!
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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!!!!
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She does a gobsmackin' rendition of 'Me and the Boys' on her 'Green Light' album.
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Every night
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boogiespeed
I love you Bonnie.... always have...
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I still love her oldies, like Louise and Good Enough. She has stood the test of time.
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How can you not love Bonnie!
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God I love Boonnie!!!
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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.
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sblaiva
When I comeback in my next life, I want to be a Bonnie Rait
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Love your music
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pretty sure home was written by karla bonoff, not sheryl crow
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I like her style very much!
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A real legend!
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drh6187
Love Bonnie and all the blues
Forever
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