The Fascinating Life of Bonnie Raitt
3. White Girl Sings the Blues
Coming from a well-to-do show business family, Raitt seemed an unlikely candidate to pursue the blues. And yet, under the tutelage of such legends as John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred McDowell, Sippie Wallace, and Son House, she quickly established credibility. Prior to Raitt, most better known white blues musicians - especially those who fronted bands with guitars in their hands - were male and British, like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Yet Raitt established a new feminist template, one that was later emulated by the likes of Rory Block, Susan Tedeschi, and Lucinda Williams.
2. Later in the Game
Raitt didn't score her first big hit until half a dozen years into her career when her remake of "Runaway" sprinted to number one. Until that time, Raitt's albums were praised by the critics, but mostly ignored by the record-buying public. "Runaway" prompted a bidding war between her then current label, Warner Bros., and Columbia Records. Raitt opted to stay with Warner, only to have the label dump her along with several other established artists on the roster little more than six years later.
1. Can You Hold This Grammy? I Have to Grab My Keys.
When it comes to Grammy nods, Raitt is one of the most successful female artists ever. She's chalked up ten of them over the course of her career. Her defining moment came when Nick of Time, her debut album for Capitol Records, helped garner four Grammys and took her to the top of the charts. Both follow up albums, Luck of the Draw and Longing in Their Hearts, packed her mantle with plenty more of these gold-plated gramophones. It took 20 years, but Bonnie was finally a credible commercial success. And she hasn't stopped since.
Bonnie Raitt with Paul Brady. 8 p.m., Saturday, November 30, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost between $59.50 and $89.50 plus fees. Call 954-797-5531, or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.