Bonnie Raitt binds audience with her haunting blues
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Posted by Soulman on Jun 07, 2009 10:47 am GMT + 1

Bonnie Raitt binds audience with her haunting blues
By MICHAEL GRANBERRY / The Dallas Morning News
mgranberry@dallasnews.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There is a moment in the best concerts when performer and audience connect, and the music resonates so powerfully that the rest of the evening is defined by it.


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Such a moment occurred during her 11th song Monday night, when Bonnie Raitt sang John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery."

The show was the eighth annual benefit for Special Care & Career Services, and Raitt was the perfect choice.

Whether the emotion in the song came from Raitt's sadness over a family member who's ill or the crowd at Meyerson Symphony Center feeling a collective anxiety over a terrifying economy, the lyrics "to believe in this living is just a hard way to go" seemed to tug at everyone's heartstrings.

"Angel From Montgomery" drew a rousing ovation, but there were plenty of high points generated by the 59-year-old performer, who is truly a force of nature. With her flaming red hair now flecked with gray, Raitt can move from blues to reggae to pop as well as anyone.

To hear her sing the knockout ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me," which benefited enormously from the deft jazz piano of Ricky Peterson, is all the proof anyone would need that Raitt is truly her father's daughter.

The late John Raitt was a Broadway star whose pedigree included Oklahoma! and Carousel.

They sang together on his 1995 album, Broadway Legend, but early on in her West Coast childhood, Raitt picked up a guitar and made herself a master of the blues.

She did terrific covers Monday night of John Hiatt's "Thing Called Love" and James Taylor's "Rainy Day Man."

And though she wore jeans while many in the crowd wore business suits and evening gowns, performer and audience were one, held together by the blues.

Source: The Dallas Morning News



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