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Music Storytellers - BONNIE RAITT
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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 ForgivenessRaitt 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 HeartsRaitt resurfaced in 1998 with FundamentalSilver 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.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/bonnie-raitt-mn0000096613

| Closed on 07/21/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
8 Fans 
38%a. 10 (Love her music)
13%b. 7-9 (Like some stuff)
25%c. 5-6 (I respect her)
13%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of her)
13%e. Pass!

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#1 | 436 days ago

One of my favorite slide guitarists, great artist. I want to have her babies.
10 (Love her music)  
  
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#1 | 436 days ago

One of my favorite slide guitarists, great artist. I want to have her babies.
10 (Love her music)  
#2 | 436 days ago

pretty sure she's the only female artist i own multiple albums of. i also want to have her babies
10 (Love her music)  
#3 | 436 days ago

ms_hippie_queen wrote:
pretty sure she's the only female artist i own multiple albums of. i also want to have her babies
I'm lost without you
Can't help myself
How does it feel
To know that I love you, baby?

I'm lost without you
Can't help myself
How does it feel
To know that I love you, baby?

Baby, you're the perfect shape
Baby, you're the perfect weight
Treat me like it's my birthday
I want it this way, I want it that way, I want it.
5-6 (I respect her)  
#4 | 436 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I'm lost without you
Can't help myself
How does it feel
To know that I love you, baby?

I'm lost without you
Can't help myself
How does it feel
To know that I love you, baby?

Baby, you're the perfect shape
Baby, you're the perfect weight
Treat me like it's my birthday
I want it this way, I want it that way, I want it.
I know that,keep patience
#5 | 436 days ago

heartheartheartheartheart SHE ROCKS MY WORLD (YES I am shouting it to the world)  
10 (Love her music)  
#6 | 436 days ago

js76181 wrote:
I know that,keep patience
Oh, Jai...
5-6 (I respect her)  
#7 | 435 days ago

LOVE Bonnie Raitt.  I saw her at the Kentucky Center for the Arts a while back.  Angel From Montgomery leaves me in tears for all the right reasons.

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