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Bonnie Raitt

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  • Born: Burbank, CA
  • Years Active: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.bonnieraitt.com
  • Recent Activity: 05.25.16 RT @BBCLater: The legendary @TheBonnieRaitt treated us to tracks from her new LP tonight, including this cover of an INXS classic https://t…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

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Date Venue Location Tickets
05.26.16 Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Gtm UK
05.27.16 Sage Gateshead Gateshead, Edh UK
05.29.16 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Glg UK
05.30.16 Symphony Hall Birmingham, War UK
06.01.16 Eventim Apollo London, Lnd UK
06.02.16 Colston Hall Bristol, Bst UK
06.06.16 Cirque Royal Brussels, Belgium
06.07.16 Alte Oper Frankfurt Frankfurt, ST Germany
06.10.16 Godset Kolding, 060 Denmark
06.11.16 Amager Bio Copenhagen, Danish Capital Regio Denmark

Activity

  • 05.25.16 RT @BBCLater: The legendary @TheBonnieRaitt treated us to tracks from her new LP tonight, including this cover of an INXS classic https://t…
  • 05.24.16 RT @BBCLater: 10 time Grammy winner @TheBonnieRait performing the @INXS hit ‘I Need You Tonight’ – what a winning combination! #LaterJools
  • 05.24.16 RT @BBCLater: Jools will be chatting more to @TheBonnieRaitt and @ZuccheroSugar in Friday’s show #LaterJools
  • 05.24.16 RT @BBCLater: Jools joining @TheBonnieRaitt on the piano for a duet honouring the late, great #AllenToussaint – a favourite of theirs… #Lat…
  • 05.24.16 fr BRHQ - We're proud to announce Bonnie & band will perform in Charlotte, NC on 10/26! Read our statement here: https://t.co/rY7pR9tNnx
  • 05.24.16 RT @BBCLater: This seems to be the week of mascots! Head to @bbcmusic Instagram for more #behindthescenes at #LaterJools ✌🏻️📷 https://t.co/…
  • 05.23.16 fr BRHQ- Support @SPRlocalnews and their June Membership Drawing: Win Tickets to @thebonnieraitt in Spokane 9/14! https://t.co/JDgWXoZyxk
  • 05.23.16 fr BRHQ -- Bonnie & band kick-off the UK Tour on Thurs 5/26 @BridgewaterHall in Manchester w/ SG @jarroddickenson! https://t.co/345ZjZUvCp
  • 05.23.16 RT @BridgewaterHall: #MusicMonday is here again! Some huge artists appearing at the Hall this week. Take a look! https://t.co/5R0XQphmMj ht…
  • 05.23.16 RT @piratejw: With @TheBonnieRaitt for @BBCRadio2 Special Bank Holiday Monday https://t.co/cUBP70UBWC
  • 05.23.16 RT @BBCLater: Here's the line-up for our penultimate show of the series! We are #live tomorrow night on @BBCTwo 10pm #LaterJools https://t.…
  • 05.20.16 RT @Fordwritesmusic: Bonnie Raitt is on Sunday's Music Show . . . But Sunday is now if you want @TheBonnieRaitt @abcrnmusic https://t.co/BB…