Raitt is of Scottish ancestry, with her ancestors being those who constructed Rait Castle near Nairn.In the fall of 1970, while opening for Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell at the Gaslight Cafe in New York, she was seen by a reporter from Newsweek, who began to spread the word about her performance. Now the 62-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is releasing her first album in seven years, , with covers of two Bob Dylan songs and a sultry, bluesy vibe. Stunning Celebrity Redheads is on your own label, Redwing Records. You made it a point to cut out drinking a while ago. Seeing Whitney Houston pass away, and Amy Winehouse—everyone smiled at her “Rehab” song, but for me it was heartbreaking to hear her sing that because it just looked like she was on a slippery slope. I’m just watching the pace, keeping a nice balance. In 40 years, Bonnie Raitt has never gone out of fashion. You know, [it’s like] the Sippie Wallace song that goes, “Don’t advertise your man.”Your red hair and its streak are one of your signatures. By 1981 it was expanding and my red was fading, so I started dyeing my hair [around the streak]. I’ve been told it means you’ve been kissed by an angel. I used to say I didn’t want to talk weasel [deal with the business end]. It’s not like someone else picks the songs or the looks. But when I went through a lot of loss [Raitt’s parents died in 20, and she lost a brother to a long battle with cancer], I took a hiatus. But I have to remember to get off the laptop and onto the yoga mat.That is so great." The exceptional song - now owned by her interpretation and neither of its writers' - takes its place as a sister song alongside her signature If I Can't Make You Love Me of 22 years ago.And that song - recently covered by Adele, Katy Perry and Bon Iver, and so important to her audience - remains in her set every night.
Sometimes there's a melody that's just so out of the park, and the line about 'mercy is just a warning shot across the bows' - c'mon, get outta here.
In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time.
The following two albums, Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994), were also multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up on You", and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" (with Bruce Hornsby on piano). She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone She began playing guitar at Camp Regis-Apple Jack in Paul Smiths, NY, at an early age.
In 1989 her album would yield three hit singles, including the title track.
It also won several Grammys including Best Female Pop and Rock Vocal Performances and the major category, Album of the Year.