Raitt gives us ’something to talk about’
Though the spring concert season is over two months away, Bonnie Raitt has just unofficially kicked it off. According to her website, the Grammy-winning songwriter and guitarist will be making a tour stop in Charlottesville on April 22.
At this point, the venue remains officially undetermined, but if the past is any indication, this could be the season opener for the Charlottesville Pavilion. Last year, the first full season of shows for the Pavilion, began with a visit by Wilco (whose frontman Jeff Tweedy just came to town) on April 23. Could it be that the 2007 season will start almost exactly a year to the day after the 2006 season did? As Raitt once sang, she might just get here in the "nick of time."
Raitt's career path has not been typical. The daughter of Broadway legend John Raitt, she was part of the east coast blues revival in the '70s, and her slide guitar chops earned the respect of such blues legends as Howlin' Wolf and Sippie Wallace while she was still in her 20s. Mainstream commercial success eluded her until 1989 when, at the age of 40, she released her chart-topping album Nick of Time. At the 1990 Grammys, she won four golden phonographs, including one for Album of the Year– and she's since won five more.