Born in Burbank, California, Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician and activist. She was raised in the Quaker tradition by her Broadway musical star father John Raitt and pianist mother Majorie Haydock. She began playing guitar at an early age and later started to notice her bottleneck-style guitar playing. She played at school and at a New York summer camp called Camp Regis-Applejack. She never stopped playing and as each year went by, her skills improved immensely.
While studying at Radcliffe College in 1967, Raitt became friends with Dick Waterman, a blues promoter. Raitt took a semester off during her sophomore year and moved to Philadelphia with Waterman and a few other musicians. This was an opportunity that changed everything for her…
Since the 1970s, she has released over a dozen albums. Her albums Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994) were multi-million sellers generating several hit singles. She has received 10 Grammy Awards and is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 89 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Her latest album, Dig in Deep, released in late February, is the seventeenth studio album she has created. It yet again features drummer Ricky Fataar, guitarist George Marinelli and bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson, and with the new keys player Mike Finnigan. The album has garnered a lot of success for her. Rait and her bandmates will be embarking on a tour this fall, from September to November, and you can see her perform at Bluesfest in New Orleans in 2017.
Check out her other tour dates below:
BONNIE RAITT TOUR DATES:
10/12 – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
10/14 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
10/15 – Kiva Auditorium – Albuquerque, NM
10/18 – Brady Theater – Tulsa, OK
10/19 – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO
10/21 – Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN
10/22 – Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
10/25 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN
10/26 – Ovens Auditorium – Charlotte, NC
10/28 – North Charleston Performing Arts Center – North Charleston, SC
10/29 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
11/1 – Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL
11/2 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
11/4 – BJCC – Birmingham, AL
11/5 – Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA
11/8 – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX