A critics’ favorite for almost two decades, Bonnie Raitt’s early music contributions were mainly in the traditional blues and roots genres, slide guitar riffs and her feminist stance on various issues. But it was with the 1989 album Nick of Time that the artist achieved commercial success. Since then, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee has dominated the music charts with hits such as I Can’t Make You Love Me and I Will Not Be Broken.
The American singer and songwriter’s most recent album is titled Dig in Deep. She is all set to tour in support of the record with special guest Jon Cleary. If you wish to catch her live as she belts out her latest hits, wait no more to purchase Bonnie Raitt tickets.
Born on November 8, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, Bonnie Lynn Raitt is the daughter of famed theater actor Jon Raitt. She was inclined towards music and social activism from a young age.
In the year 1967, Bonnie Raitt moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and enrolled herself in Radcliffe College. However, she dropped out and shortly after was seen playing gigs at local folk and blues clubs. It was during one of these performances that she was noticed by blues artist and manager, Dick Waterman. He saw great potential in the young singer and signed her to play alongside iconic blues artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and Sippie Wallace. Soon Raitt became a recognized name in the Boston and Philadelphia music scene.
In the year 1971, Bonnie Raitt released her debut self-titled album. It featured a number of carefully chosen covers. Her contemporary version of Del Shannon’s Runaway greatly impressed the music critics. However, Bonnie Raitt still struggled to attain commercial success.
Bonnie Raitt’s first hit came with Sweet Forgiveness in 1977. The popularity of the record saw two major record labels at loggerheads to sign up Raitt. She eventually signed a contract with the Warner Bros.
The multi-talented music artist’s popularity grew by leaps and bounds when she organized the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts at the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City. Other famous co-founding artists in the show include names like The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.
The guitarist’s next signed a recording contract with Capitol Records under which she released her breakthrough album Nick of Time. The record topped the Billboard 200, won Bonnie Raitt three Grammys and catapulted her to super stardom. Her name was now ranked among the top female music artists in the country. Nick of Time went on to rank at number 230th on the 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time list by Rolling Stone (2003). It also featured in the book titled 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Having earned a Grammy in the category of Album of the Year for Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt and producer Don Was continued their partnership and produced another platinum selling album Luck of the Draw in 1991. The record surpassed the success of Nick of Time, earning three Grammys and highly positive reviews from the critics. It was promoted by a 180-date tour which spanned from the year 1991 to 1993. Its singles I Can’t Make You Love Me and Something to Talk About sold over eight million copies in the US. Besides, the album was a major success in countries including Italy and France. Luck of the Draw remains one of the bestselling records of Raitt’s music career.
In 1994, Bonnie Raitt treated her fans with the album Longing in Their Hearts. Released via Capitol Records and produced in partnership with Don Was, the record charted the UK Top 40 at number 31. It spawned the hit song Love Sneakin’ Up On You, which made it to the nineteenth spot on the Billboard Singles chart.
Raitt continued to release albums during the 1990s and also collaborated on music projects with friends and music artists such as Pete Seeger and Keb’ Mo’. In 1996 Raitt again bagged a Grammy for her contribution on a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute album. She also performed benefit concerts for numerous causes including health care, environmental defense and reproductive freedom.
The singer and guitarist’s sixteenth studio album titled Slipstream hit the shelves in April of 2012. It debuted at the sixth spot on the Billboard 200 and topped the Blues Albums and Rock Albums chart. It was described by American Songwriter magazine as ‘her best album in years and one of the best of her 40-year career.’ Among the most popular singles from the record are Used To Rule the World and Right Down the Line. Slipstream was the bestselling blues album of 2012. Besides, The Slipstream Tour was among the most successful tours of the year.
Bonnie Raitt’s latest music album Dig in Deep came out in 2016. Released via Redwing Records, it features Raitt’s longtime band that includes members Ricky Fataar, George Marinelli, James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and Mike Finnigan. The album earned the singer a nomination in the category of Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Honors & Awards 2016.
Bonnie Raitt Tour Tickets
In her illustrious music career so far, Bonnie Raitt has won ten Grammys. She has also featured on the Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time as well as the 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time.
Raitt will continue to support her latest album Dig in Deep in March following which she will perform as the opening act on James Taylor’s tour. If you wish to attend any of these events, grab your Bonnie Raitt tour tickets now.