Personalities | Bonnie Raitt | Eighties | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, vocals, b. 1949)
During the 1960s, while attending college in Cambridge, Massachussetts, Raitt learned the ropes firsthand from slide masters Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell. She began appearing on the folk and blues festival circuit in the late 1960s, sometimes encouraging elderly, rediscovered blues legends (such as Sippie Wallace) to join her onstage, and in 1971 recorded her self-titled debut for Warner Bros., featuring bluesmen Junior Wells and A.C. Reed. Her blues sensibility has graced gold-selling and Grammy-winning recordings from the 1980s to the present.
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