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“At the beginning of my career, I knew that if not chased with drugs and excess alcohol, I have a chance for success. Such was life all that time I admired. Muddy Waters or jazz musicians could survive anything. I also hoped that I succeed. ”
It seems that everything went according to plan. Bonnie Raitt operates successfully in the music industry for a good 50 years. And just like wine, with age, it becomes better and better. Just look at it as it moves on stage. Petite figure with battered Strat aptly named “Brownie”, can muster a real fire. Although I grew up on a diet of Jack Daniels and music that created the Mississippi Fred McDowell, her work was not limited only to the blues. Ballad “I Can not Make You Love Me”, which became famous thanks to cover performed by Adele, it is still an integral part of Bonnie Raitt concerts. Her last album Slipstream, released in 2012, was the first album, which was released after 7-year break publishing. For the next album, we did not have so long to wait. This year saw the release of Dig In Deep: a magical mix of rock, R & B, blues and distinctive guitar in the style of Bonnie Raitt slide. Goosebumps guaranteed!
“I absorbed every kind of music and I think that I’m doing so far. I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to change the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. But I must admit that the world of early rock’n’roll dragged me Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. The high impact they had on me, folk music performed by such artists as Peter Seeger and Peter, Paul & Mary. Blues was only part of what at that time me most excited. I’ve never heard of artists such as Slim Harpo or Muddy Waters, had no board of the Rolling Stones. It all started, but from compilations Blues At Newport (1959-1964), which released Vanguard label. This is the first CD of acoustic blues I’ve ever heard. For me, the real revelation! ”
“Son House and I met when I began to study at Harvard. He introduced us to Dick Waterman, who served then the role of the manager. Son lived then in utter obscurity, in Rochester. Still, he could admire his music. Many of the older musicians come to this where we all begin to wonder whether the artist can still remember the text of your songs. Son needed for the proper amount of alcohol. it took, however, only one glass too much and everything went in vain. Dick Waterman constantly monitor the situation and ensured that Son does not exceed magical border.
Bluesmen were often invited to the university campus. The kids always believed that this great company to the joint partying. For people such as Son, it was not the best idea. His age and problems with alcohol did not allow the party to “student level.” The kids loved spending time with him, but Dick had really watch what is going on behind the scenes … ”
“When I was eight or nine years old, I was a big fan of Joan Baez. You can actually say that when the hours I practiced playing the guitar, I wanted to just be it (laughs). The album Blues At Newport gained only because it seemed by her record label. The album came to Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker and John Hammond. the first time I heard her play John Hurt, immediately fell in love with the style fingerpicking. playing with your fingers is still only known to me the way, use ‘instrument. I’ve never been able to play pick. that’s when I learned songs like Candy Man or Key to the Highway. to this day, many numbers of this CD is my favorite song.” – said Bonnie Raitt.
“Much traveled with artists like Sleepy John Estes, Johnny Shines, Hammi Nixon and Furry Lewis. We visited a lot of festivals. Although even then not played, for some reason, all these musicians liked to spend time with me. I still can not believe how much I was lucky. I took then Dziekanka with this in mind that in a year I go back to college. After the show, which opened the concert Fred McDowell, I was offered to record an album. I used his chance and did not return now to the university. In those days, all musicians united incredible love of the blues and the great curiosity about what is happening in the music markets in Europe. it was great to experience this as musicians from different states to exchange experiences and their music. ”
How Bonnie Raitt statr to play slide. “After the first time I heard Blues At Newport, I decided to find out what is the” bottleneck guitar “mentioned by John Hammond. The information on the CD also appeared that term. I was still a child, so I took it literally, sneaking one day bottle after the cure Coricidin and putting it on your finger. a few years ago, my grandfather taught me to play a few songs on the Hawaiian guitar. I do not know why, do not come to me then head to any association with the blues. it took a long time before I realized that it after the slide guitar is the same instrument, only held in a different way!
I remember when Robert Johnson released the album King Of The Delta Blues Singers. This music was overwhelming and amazing at the same time. This album has played a very important role in the world of blues. When I first had the opportunity to see him live, I had years of learning by trial and error. Then I became aware that the slide should have to assume on the ring finger. But it was too late to learn this technique from the beginning. ”
“It seems to me that pretty soon I realized that I have no future as a blues singer full time. The audience probably not what expected. Besides, finding songs in which I would feel really good, it has always been me a real nightmare. When I come back from the tour, I sit down to all the new songs and passed them through the musical sieve, looking for those that really can feel. My taste in music is very eclectic, but never can easily select appropriate for me songs. Sometimes pass three or four years to gather material with which I come into the studio. recently I fell in love with the works of authors such as Tom Brady and Richard Thompson. as soon as I have time, which does not happen, unfortunately, all too often, I sit down with a guitar and I measure up DADGAD tuning, which appears in the works of these musicians. I must admit that I love that sound! ”
“When I met George Lowell, we were both very impressed with what Ry Cooder did on the album Randy Newman. There were no chance of that I was able to get the sound of musicians that I admired. Lowell showed me how to get longer sustain and gave me the ankle MXR Red Box Compressor. this was the secret of his voice. I still have this effect, however, because of high sentimental value, concerts accompanied me to a newer model. I do not want to destroy such a valuable souvenirs. ”
Bonnie Raitt Stratocaster
“In 1969, I found a Stratocaster for which I paid $ 120. It was about three in the morning! It was not for him any paint, but I really liked the sound of starters. She encouraged me also reasonable price. Always loved Stratocasters for their ergonomics and a as arranged under your fingers. Many of my idols played on these guitars, so it also had an impact on the choice of instrument. He accompanied me at every concert I’ve ever played. in my collection there are also some blue models, which gave me a Fender. I use of them, when I play in open tuning A or G. I do not want people to be bored at concerts, when I re-tune guitar – tickets cost far too much money! “