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Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt Marina Chavez

Bonnie Raitt is a blues-rock living legend, holding a hefty nine Grammys and five platinum albums under her belt. Her rootsy and passionate take on everything bluesy, combined with her intimate understanding of composition, deft slide guitar skills, and soulful vocals, have helped Raitt become an icon.

Born into a musical family (daughter of Broadway singer John Raitt and pianist/singer Marge Goddard), Raitt began playing the guitar at age eight. She first encountered the blues at age 14, and by the time she was at Harvard in the late '60s, she began to acquire folk and R&B sensibilities as well. Playing around clubs in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, Raitt began to build some serious buzz--who was this fiery redhead that knew her way around a bottleneck guitar and could hold her own against the likes of Howin' Wolf and Mississippi Fred McDowell?

It's been forty years since Raitt started officially releasing and she's not ready to throw in the towel. In fact, her latest offering (and sixteenth studio release overall) is possibly one of her best yet. "Slipstream" comes seven years after her last release, and in that time, Raitt has lost friends, parents, and siblings. The release also marks her first venture onto her own label, Redwing. All in all, it's a daring, introspective, and inclusive album, produced by the legendary Joe Henry and including reggae, soul, rock, and blues influences. Raitt sees the mix as a way to honor the collaborative nature of music: "I'm in the slipstream of those who came before me, and I'm leaving one for those behind me. I'm holding up the traditions of the music that I love."

Listen to Bonnie Raitt play live and talk to WXPN's Michaela Majoun about the making of her 19th album.

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RIGHT DOWN THE LINE                 
LOVE SNEAKIN' UP ON YOU                                

Recent Release: Slipstream    
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Label: Redwing Records
Band Origin: Burbank, CA