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.
Throughout her career, Bonnie Raitt has celebrated and shaped American roots music. More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter, Raitt has become an institution in American music.
If you love American Music, then do yourself a favor and pick up the latest from the Bonnie Raitt. She reigns supreme!
BTW… one funny bit of “What’s In A Name?” that I ran across today. I saw a timeline of Marvel super heroes in the paper in conjunction with the soon to be released movie, The Avengers. Near the beginning of the timeline it listed Captain America as a serial movie in 1944 starring…..Dick Purcell! Eerie…in a funny sort of way.