Bonnie Raitt discusses her success as an independent artist for the first time in decades. Last year, she released Slipstream on her own label and made her biggest debut in over 20 years, won the Grammy for Best Americana Album (her tenth), and is back on the road again this fall.
Bonnie Raitt began her career in the 1970s as a young guitarist and singer who shared the stage with legendary bluesmen like Howlin’ Wolf and Mississippi Fred McDowell. But despite entering the record business at a time when it was almost entirely run by men, she managed to maintain complete control over her music. “The feminist movement was really part of the generation I was in,” said Raitt on Soundcheck. “Your turn at the food coop, your turn with the dishes. If a guy wanted to get laid, he’d better step up to the plate.... I would not have signed a record deal where I had to give up one bit of control over what I recorded when and with whom.” Listen to Soundcheck’s entire interview with the blues legend here.
Blues guitarists Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal have been friends since the late 1960s and worked together on Raitt's 1973 album, Takin' My Time. But they’ve led separate touring careers ever since -- until now. Today, they join us to talk about reuniting and about their respective brands of rootsy ...
Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal first worked together in 1973. But they’ve led separate careers ever since. Today on Soundcheck: two rootsy blues guitarists talk about teaming up again. Also: pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs in our studio. This is a repeat edition of Soundcheck.
Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal first worked together in 1973. But they’ve led separate careers ever since. Today on Soundcheck: two rootsy blues guitarists talk about reuniting for a 30-city tour. Also: pianist Leif Ove Andsnes plays live in our studio.
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