Been listening to the new Bonnie Raitt record, Slipstream, the last few weeks… a lot! It’s her first new recording in seven years, and it is worth the wait. I’ve been a huge fan of Bonnie’s ever since my old red headed girlfriend turned me on to her in the late 70′s. Instantly fell in love with her blend of American music styles from blues to country to rock all on one record. I was very into Little Feat at the time, and she struck me as a female version of that group. I found out a little later that she was actually being courted to be part of their lineup at one time.
Every track on the new record is solid and her long-time band is smokin’. She’s changed keyboardists yet again… oh what I would give to be the man on the ivories in her band…and producers, and the result is one of her best albums ever.
On top of that, The American Music Association announced the selection of Bonnie Raitt to receive its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the Association’s 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony, slated for Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. As this year’s honoree, Raitt joins a distinguished list of previous recipients, which includes Gregg Allman, Wanda Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jason & the Scorchers, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Chris Hillman, the late Levon Helm and Emmylou Harris.