Backstage with Marin’s Bonnie Raitt

No Lies Radio Music – By Teri Perticone – Sat Apr 28, 2018

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Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist born in Burbank, California. She is the daughter of the Broadway musical star John Raitt and his first wife, the pianist Marjorie Haydock, and was raised in the Quaker tradition. She began playing guitar at Camp Regis-Apple Jack in Paul Smiths, NY, at an early age. Later she gained notice for her bottleneck-style guitar playing. Raitt says she played “a little at school and at [a summer] camp”, Camp Regis-Applejack, in New York. Raitt is of Scottish ancestry, with her ancestors being those who constructed Rait Castle near Nairn.

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After graduating from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1967 Raitt entered Radcliffe College, majoring in social relations and African studies. She said her “plan was to travel to Tanzania, where President Julius Nyerere was creating a government based on democracy and socialism”. Raitt became friends with blues promoter Dick Waterman.[3] During her second year of college Raitt took a semester off and moved to Philadelphia with Waterman and other local musicians. Raitt says it was an “opportunity that changed everything.”


Bonnie Raitt – Nick Of Time – 11/26/1989 – Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium (Official)


Bonnie Raitt – Thing Called Love

During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums that incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time. The following two albums, Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994), were also multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including “Something to Talk About”, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You”, and the ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (with Bruce Hornsby on piano).


Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me


Bonnie Raitt – Love Sneakin Up On You

Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”[1] and number 89 on the magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”

1989–1999: Commercial breakthrough

Bonnie was signed to Capitol by a&r executive Tim Devine. At Capitol, after nearly 20 years, Raitt achieved belated commercial success with her tenth album, Nick of Time. Released in the spring of 1989, Nick of Time went to the top of the U.S. charts following Raitt’s Grammy sweep in early 1990. This album has been voted number 230 in the Rolling Stone list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Raitt herself pointed out that her 10th try was “my first sober album.”


Bonnie Raitt – Something To Talk About


Bonnie Raitt – Love Me Like a Man (live)

Drug and alcohol use and recovery

Raitt used alcohol and drugs, but began psychotherapy and joined Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 1980s. She has said “I thought I had to live that partying lifestyle in order to be authentic, but in fact if you keep it up too long, all you’re going to be is sloppy or dead”.[23] She became clean in 1987. She has credited Stevie Ray Vaughan for breaking her substance abuse, saying that what gave her the courage to admit her alcohol problem and stop drinking was seeing that Stevie Ray Vaughan was an even better musician when sober.[24] She has also said that she stopped because she realized that the “late night life” was not working for her.[25] In 1989 she said “I really feel like some angels have been carrying me around. I just have more focus and more discipline, and consequently more self-respect.”

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From the Marin Independent Journal – By Jim Harrington

More than 40 years after scoring her first hit with 1977’s “Runaway,” Bay Area music legend Bonnie Raitt is still making some of the most intriguing and engaging music of her career.

That’s pretty clear from listening to the recent offering “Dig in Deep,” which finds Raitt taking the album’s title to heart — and digging in very deep — on a dozen solid tunes that range from blues rockers to big ballads.

Raitt is supporting the new platter with a quick run through California, which kicks off March 15 at the City National Civic in San Jose. The singer-songwriter-guitarist and her talented sidemen — guitarist George Marinelli, drummer Ricky Fataar, bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson and keyboardist Jon Cleary — also perform March 20 at the Fox Theater in Oakland in a benefit for Tipping Point’s Fire Relief Fund.

I recently had the chance to chat with 10-time-Grammy winner about “Dig in Deep,” her great band and other topics:

Q Hi, Bonnie. Thanks so much for calling me. Where are you today?

A I am calling you from Northern California. I am right over the (Golden Gate) bridge. I live in Marin County most of the time. I go to L.A. as well, but mostly I’m up north.

Q I knew you had a house in the Marin area, but I wasn’t sure if you spent more time there or in Los Angeles. After all, you are a SoCal native.

A For the last 25 years, I’ve spent a good portion of my time in this part (of California) when I’m not traveling. And then, I’d say, about a third of my time I’m in Los Angeles.

Q While I was waiting for you to call today, I had the chance to spin the new album again and I have to say you sound great on it. Take me a little bit behind the creation of “Dig in Deep.”

A The process I use to make my albums is pretty much the same. We tour two or three years off of each album. And it takes about a year to get the promotion and the sets and the rehearsals and the website designed and the artwork. So, all together, it’s almost a four-, five-year process.

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