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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: 06.24.16 fr BRHQ- Visit @Spotify to hear the official release of "Need You Tonight" LIVE from Boston! #digindeeptour https://t.co/QktAIgDSIU
  • Bonnie Raitt

  • Bonnie Raitt

  • Bonnie Raitt

  • Bonnie Raitt

  • Bonnie Raitt

  • Bonnie Raitt

  • Bonnie Raitt

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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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Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
07.27.16 San Diego Civic Theatre San Diego, CA US
07.29.16 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA US
07.30.16 The Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA US
08.12.16 Toyota Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT US
08.13.16 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ US
08.15.16 NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY US
08.17.16 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton, NH US
08.19.16 Maine State Pier Portland, ME US
08.20.16 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA US
08.23.16 Cape Cod Melody Tent Hyannis, MA US

Activity

  • 06.24.16 fr BRHQ- Visit @Spotify to hear the official release of "Need You Tonight" LIVE from Boston! #digindeeptour https://t.co/QktAIgDSIU
  • 06.24.16 fr BRHQ - Check out the LIVE version of "Need You Tonight" we just officially released! https://t.co/uyUJnx0fzQ https://t.co/kLn7oZB6lj
  • 06.23.16 RT @MarcCohn: #TBT to our last show with @TheBonnieRaitt in Frankfurt. #crazylove https://t.co/nEcoXQxDRJ
  • 06.23.16 RT @RelixMag: Members of @GratefulDead, Beatles, @mymorningjacket, @Wilco & more sign anti-gun letter :: https://t.co/L7AHbJuao0 https://t.…
  • 06.23.16 Sharing in support. Love is love. #WeAreOrlando https://t.co/T2G5wZrb6L
  • 06.22.16 RT @Wildaboutmusic: Less than 2weeks until @greatesthitsabc hits @ABCNetwork 6/30. See @FifthHarmony, @llcoolj, @TheBonnieRaitt & more! ht…
  • 06.17.16 RT @SweetRelief: One of our absolute favorite artists, @TheBonnieRaitt is on tour this Summer into Fall Tour, see all dates here! https://t…
  • 06.16.16 RT @wxpnfm: Like more cowbell?! Hey, thanks for listening. We love @TheBonnieRaitt. https://t.co/l5Isle5nsw
  • 06.12.16 RT @jarroddickenson: Strolling around sunny Copenhagen before tonight's final gig of the @TheBonnieRaitt tour. Not a bad send-off! https://…
  • 06.12.16 RT @GeorgeMarinelli: Last nite in #Kolding @ the #Godset rocked! And our dressing room was a train car!! Tonite #AmagerBio in #Copenhagen!…
  • 06.10.16 RT @BonnieBishop: Receiving lots of emails & texts from folks attending @TheBonnieRaitt shows! Appreciate the kind shout outs #Undone http…
  • 06.10.16 RT @bembacolora: "There's something about you,baby, that makes me sweat" #Hot #Sexy @TheBonnieRaitt on @BBCLater #JoolsHolland https://t.co…