B.B. King stated, "Bonnie Raitt was one of the best damn slide guitar players (ever)." Rolling Stone Magazine ranks her in the top 100 best guitar players of all time. She has a distinctive guitar tone, an amazing soulful voice, and a loyal fan base that has given her a career for over forty years.
Her version of John Prine's Angel From Montgomery was the highlight of the evening. Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Raitt's voice combined with the heart breaking lyrics echoing off the rocks on a perfect summer night melted the audience hearts... "just give me one thing that I can hold on to /to believe in this living is just a hard way to go."
|Raitt and her band|
Bonnie Raitt declared, "I am going to play this heart-breaking song because it comes with the gig" as an introduction to I Can't Make You Love Me. She played it on the keyboard with a slight delay for dramatic effect. Raitt sang with such strong emotion the audience had a collective sigh when it ended.
When she wasn't talking about the upcoming election or fracking between songs (in her charming non-preachy way), Raitt continuously reapplied lipstick. She didn't want to appear as a frazzled red dot for the fans in the cheap seats. Raitt joked it the real reason behind her strict no camera policy. It was lifted for the last song Your Sweet and Shinny Eyes. Raitt remarked, "Look at all those fireflies coming out."
|Richard Thompson Electric Trio|
My Mother stated if I thought the crowd was of advanced years, she remembers Bonnie Raitt's late father John Raitt performing on Broadway. See you at the next show. I'll be the one contemplating about re-naming his blog.