It feels like Bonnie Raitt Day here at the WMSE offices — WMSE DJ Paul Cebar (a friend of Ms. Raitt’s) spoke to Mike Finnigan of Bonnie Raitt’s band earlier today on his program and gave plenty of attention to Raitt’s most recent collection of songs. Finnigan, who plays the Hammond B3 organ, also detailed their tour stop in Milwaukee tonight at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
The centerpiece of Raitt and her band’s tour is latest album, Slipstream, out early last April. It’s been on the WMSE monthly blues charts and top airplay solidly since and we’re very sure Cebar as well as our very own Sonia from WMSE’s Friday Blues Drive will be in attendance for tonight’s performance. Listen back in the WMSE archives for the interview and enjoy the above video for Raitt’s take on the Gerry Rafferty classic “Right Down the Line”, above. This show will be one for the books and it’s clear why — Raitt is a warmly tangible writer and performer. Rolling Stone remarked of Raitt and her most recent, “Bonnie Raitt is such a class act it’s easy to forget she’s kind of a badass…Slipstream, her first album in seven years and the first she has self-released, is a loose and adventurous reminder of everything she does well.”
Bonnie Raitt plays with Mavis Staples at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Uihlein Hall, 929 N. Water St.)