Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bonnie Raitt - She's Still Got Something to Talk About‏

by Brent Warnken

The BonTaj Roulet Tour is in full bluesy swing, as veteran musicians enjoy every minute of their summer tour turned fall stint throughout the States. She is touring with Taj Mahal through September before she heads out on her own (with openers The Randall Bramblett Band).

There are rescheduled dates for her March cancellations, websites will keep selling Bonnie Raitt tickets, so don't miss out on this show of the century!

While each outfit has their own album to support, following full individual sets on stage the two acts will come together for a collaborative effort that includes Raitt's backing band and Mahal's six piece Phantom Blues Band.

"There's gonna be a lot of fireworks, because it's so fresh," she says in a press release. "I think about it before I go to sleep, toying with the possibilities, and it feels like having an extra slice of piece, getting both of these bands to play together like this. There's so much potential to what we can do."

Equally socially conscious artists, their once in a lifetime event will raise cash for the BonTaj Collection Action Fund, pledging $1 per ticket on the North American tour. The event is even interactive for fans, as the tour's website gives them a chance to vote for which charity their portion can be donated toward. Following the co-headlining act, Raitt will stop through North Carolina, Tennessee and six more spots in mid October as replacement dates from March that had to be rescheduled due to a family medical emergency.

A political and social activist from an early age, growing up a Quaker in Los Angeles, Raitt admits to the Santa Barbara Independent that "my own desire to work with the AFSC [American Friends Service Committee] came out of that connection. Growing up, I idolized Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and that made me want to do music, but I also thought I should change the world. So very early on, the idea of marrying music and activism, and exposure to that whole period of Sing Out! Magazine and Pete Seeger - that was really what made me pick up the guitar. I loved the power of music to bring people together to have a good time, but I also knew that you could use music to raise money and get press attention for a good cause."

The result of this passion has been a plethora of causes - from campaigning to stop the war in Central America to participation in the Sun City anti-apartheid project, co-founding Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and working for environmental protection and rights of women and Native Americans.

With nine Grammy's and a dedicated following that has been with her since her debut, 1971's Bonnie Raitt, through her tenth and commercial debut Nick of Time, the latter certified quintuple platinum, among others, Raitt has seen her dreams come true.

Following a degree in Social Relations and African Studies at Harvard/Radcliffe, Raitt's east coast tour had just begun. "I couldn't wait to get back to where there were folkies and the antiwar and civil rights movements," she says. "There were so many great music and political scenes going on in the late '60s in Cambridge," an era which eventually streamlined her music to the point where in today's era it still resonates.

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