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Bonnie Raitt

  • Overture Hall 201 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Country-fried vocalist and guitar wizard Bonnie Raitt has undergone several reinventions over the last several decades—see the bluesy roadhouse vibe of 1972's Give It Up, 1979's loungey, R'n'B-tinged The Glow, and the balance of pop-country and deep ballads on 1991's Luck Of The Draw. But her timeless hooks and signature rasp have consistently glued it all together. And when you get past the cringe-y acclimating needed to appreciate a rural dive favorite like goose-necking bar jam "Something To Talk About," there are deep rewards in store for those willing to jump into Raitt's back-catalogue. Raitt's evocative delivery has the power to completely redefine a song. Take "I Can't Make You Love Me," for instance, which was originally written as an upbeat bluegrass tune by a couple of Nashville-based songwriters, but in Raitt's hands became a masterful, spacious, and heart-wrenching slow jam, colored in with Bruce Hornsby's lush, otherworldly pop piano stylings. —Joel Shanahan