The View: Bonnie Raitt Seven Year Hiatus
She said a lot of people don’t understand the work that goes into a record. After her last record she was on tour for two whole years and when she was done touring, she wanted to spend time with her brother who had developed an illness while she was on the tour. She said she went on a short tour in 2009, but the past years she has just been coping with the loss of her brother, mother, father and best friend.
She said it happens to a lot of people in their 50s and 60s and she feels blessed to be in a position to take some time off from her job and just grieve. One of the best parts for her was staying in one place long enough to watch the seasons change. But she knew she had to return to music after she began to miss it. She said she went to numerous festivals and enjoyed just being a fan, but she began to miss making music.
The View: Bonnie Raitt on Facebook
Raitt said she was going to give Facebook a shot last time she was on the show and she said she has given it a try. She said likes Facebook as a means of finding new music but she cautioned everyone to not get sucked in and waste the precious free moments we have in the real world.
The View: Bonnie Raitt, One Of Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
Rolling Stone recently announced Bonnie Raitt was on the list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, landing at number 89 on the list. She is one of only two women on the list.
Raitt said she never thought of the blues as something for only men or only women. She noted that many other blues musicians, like Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie, were great guitar players who were also woman. Either way, she wasn’t sure if she was really good enough to be on the list, but she said playing guitar beats having to go to work every day.
The View: Bonnie Raitt Performs Take My Love With You
Bonnie Raitt performed her hit single “Take My Love With You” off her new album Slipstream.