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Bonnie Raitt

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Sep 29, 2012

Sat 7:00 PM

1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

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Performers:

  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Randall Bramblett

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Bonnie Raitt: Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter who was born in Burbank, California. Raitt is best known for her recordings of the songs "Nick of Time ", "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneaking Up on You", and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me." Raitt is also an avid political activist and has received nine Grammy Awards in her career.

1977's Sweet Forgiveness gave Raitt her first commercial breakthrough when it yielded a hit single in her cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway." Recast as a heavy R&B recording based on a rhythmic groove inspired by Al Green, Raitt's version of "Runaway" was disparaged by many critics, but its commercial success prompted a bidding war between Warner Bros. and Columbia Records. "There was this big Columbia – Warner war going on at the time", recalled Raitt in a 1990 interview. "James Taylor had just left Warner Bros. and made a big album for Columbia...And then, Warner signed Paul Simon away from Columbia, and they didn't want me to have a hit record for Columbia — no matter what! So, I renegotiated my contract, and they basically matched Columbia's offer. Frankly the deal was a really big deal."

Warner Bros. held higher expectations for Raitt's next album, 1979's The Glow, but it was released to poor reviews as well as modest sales. Raitt would have one commercial success in 1979 when she helped organize the five MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) concerts at Madison Square Garden. The shows spawned a three-record gold album as well as a Warner Bros. feature film, No Nukes. The shows featured co-founders Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, John Hall, and Raitt as well as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, and numerous others.

For her next record, 1982's Green Light, Raitt made a conscious attempt to revisit the sound of her earlier records, but to her surprise, many of her peers and members of the press would compare her new sound to the burgeoning New Wave movement. The album received her strongest reviews in years, but her sales did not improve and this would have a severe impact on her relationship with Warner Bros.

After nearly twenty years, Bonnie Raitt achieved belated commercial success with her tenth album, Nick of Time. Released in the spring of 1989, Nick Of Time went to the top of the U.S. charts following Raitt's Grammy sweep in early 1990. At the same time, she walked away with a fourth Grammy Award for her duet "In the Mood" with John Lee Hooker on his album The Healer. Nick Of Time has sold over six million copies in the US alone.

She followed up this success with three more Grammy Awards for her 1991 album, Luck of the Draw which has currently sold nearly 8 million copies in the United States. Three years later, in 1994, she added two more Grammys with her album Longing In Their Hearts, her second no. 1 album. Both of these albums were multi-platinum successes. Raitt's collaboration with Was would amicably come to an end with 1995's live release, Road Tested. Released to solid reviews, it sold well enough to be certified gold.

For her next studio album, Raitt hired Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as her producers. "I loved working with Don Was but I wanted to give myself and my fans a stretch and do something different", Raitt said. Her work with Froom and Blake was released on Fundamental in 1998.

In March 2000, Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Silver Lining was released in 2002 while Souls Alike was released in September 2005.

Australian Country Music Artist Graeme Connors has said, "Bonnie Raitt does something with a lyric no one else can do; she bends it and twists it right into your heart." (ABC Radio NSW Australia interview with Interviewer Chris Coleman on 18 January 2007) [1]

Raitt appeared on the June 7, 2008 broadcast of Garrison Keillor's radio program "A Prairie Home Companion." She performed two blues songs with Kevin "Keb' Mo'" Moore: "No Getting Over You" and "There Ain't Nothin' in Ramblin'." Raitt also sang "Dimming of the Day" with Richard Thompson. The show is archived on the Prairie Home Companion web site.

(From Wikipedia) http://www.myspace.com/bonnieraitt

Randall Bramblett: Randall Bramblett has kept great company over the years. From his early career with Capricorn Records (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Sea Level) to his more recent tours with Widespread Panic, Traffic and Steve Winwood, he has worked with the best in the business.

Randall’s solo career began in the mid ‘70s with two critically acclaimed albums on Polydor Records (That Other Mile, Light of the Night) and has continued to the present with his most recent releases on Capricorn (See Through Me) and New West Records (No More Mr. Lucky, Thin Places).

Currently, Randall tours with his own band, the Randall Bramblett Band, an extraordinary group of pros from the Athens/Atlanta area. On guitars are his old friend and writing partner from the early days, Davis Causey and a new and versatile arrival, Mike Hines. Mike Steele and Gerry Hansen (Shawn Mullins) are on bass and drums respectively. Each band member is a successful session player and producer in his own right.

This band has opened for Widespread Panic and Steve Winwood and has been generating a tremendous buzz and rave reviews wherever they perform. The rare combination of songwriting and musicianship makes the Randall Bramblett Band so unique and guarantees a live experience you won’t forget.

Randall Bramblett isn't going to claim to be something more than he is. We'll let others do that for him -

"Randall is the most talented and prolific songwriter I have the privilege of knowing." Bill Berry - R.E.M.

"[He's] one of Georgia's musical treasures…Guaranteed to improve your day!" Dave Schools - Widespread Panic

"…the best songs of his career." (No More Mr. Lucky) Warren Haynes - Allman Brothers Band

"Randall is in my opinion the most gifted & talented southern singer-songwriter musicians of the past several decades." Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers)

FACTS:

Toured and/or recorded with: o Sea Level o Greg Allman o Levon Helm o Widespread Panic o Steve Winwood o Traffic o Gov't Mule o Bonnie Bramlett o Roger Glover o Cowboy o Elvin Bishop o Goose Creek Symphony o John Hammond o Warren Haynes o Robbie Robertson o Johnny Jenkins o Jerry Joseph o Jan Krist o Francine Reed o Vigilantes of Love Played with: o String Cheese Incident o Phoebe Snow o Grateful Dead

Resides in Athens, Georgia. Born and raised in Jesup, Georgia. It all adds up to the best of endeavors: virtuoso writing and playing that's within every listener's emotional grasp. These are songs that will endure for years to come, as echoes of our time.

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