Even with nine Grammys under her belt, Bonnie Raitt is still singing the blues — usually accompanied by a pop attitude. The Los Angeles native got her first guitar at 8, came to Cambridge in the late-1960s to study at Radcliffe, and left after three years. Soon she was opening for Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and other blues legends. She debuted on Warner Bros. in 1971, recorded regularly over the years with everyone from Randy Newman to Jackson Browne to Little Feat, and went quintuple platinum with 1989’s Nick of Time, and septuple platinum with ’91’s Luck of the Draw. Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
(by Ed Symkus)
Published on December 28, 2012