Ten-time Grammy Award Winner Bonnie Raitt, will make her debut performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Concert Hall as part of her Dig In Deep Tour on Wednesday 12 April 2017.
Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American Music. This QPAC concert offers Queensland audiences the first chance to see the acclaimed artist since she supported Bob Dylan in Brisbane in 1992.
Dig In Deep (2016) is Raitt’s twentieth album and follows the release of her top-selling and 2012 Grammy Award-winning album, Slipstream.
On tour, Raitt will be joined by her long time touring band: James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), George Marinelli (guitar), and Mick Finnigan (keyboards).
Since the release of Slipstream, Raitt has performed more than 200 shows in the United States and abroad, including a sold-out concert at Boston's Fenway Park with James Taylor.
"I'm feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game," says Bonnie Raitt. "This period of my life is more exciting and vital than I was expecting, and for that I'm really grateful. At this point, I have a lot less to prove and hey, if you're not going to 'Dig In Deep' now, what's the point?"
In the late '60s, Raitt moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where she majored in Social Relations and African Studies at Harvard/Radcliffe. Raitt was already deeply involved with folk music and the blues at that time. Exposure to the album 'Blues at Newport 1963' at age 14 had kindled her interest in blues and slide guitar, and between classes at Harvard she explored these and other styles in local coffeehouse gigs. Three years after entering college, Bonnie left to commit herself full-time to music, and shortly afterward was opening for surviving giants of the blues, including Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sippie Wallace, Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker.
She released her self-titled debut album, Bonnie Raitt, in 1971. Her Nick of Time album (1989) earned three Grammy Awards in 1990, and she won another award for a duet with fellow American singer John Lee Hooker.
Throughout her career, Raitt has consistently used her influence to affect the way music is perceived and appreciated in the world, with the release of Dig In Deep allowing her to continually personify what it means to stay creative, adventurous, and daring.
Opening for Raitt for her QPAC concert will be The California Honeydrops, a five-piece ensemble led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski.
QPAC Concert Hall on Wednesday 12 April 2017. Bookings: to qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.
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