If there’s one word that describes Bonnie Raitt best, it’s her innate love for political activism. And there’s her ability to play music that has enthralled the world, if not at the beginning, but definitely by the year of 1989 which earned her four out of the nine Grammy awards that she has received so far.
It wasn’t surprising that music was a natural choice for Bonnie Raitt as her mother was an accomplished pianist while her father, John Raitt, was a Broadway musical star. Yet her deepest desire was in political activism (which also ran in the family), and while she ran off to Radcliff to study African culture and protest the Vietnam war, her plans to teach in Tanzania went off the radar as her musical abilities earned her a cult following in local blues houses.
With a promising voice and impressive guitar technique, Warner Bros. signed her on, but it wasn’t until her tenth album (Nick of Time) that she attained true success. Most people attribute this mainstream success to the end of the anti-nuclear campaigns and from a personal point-of-view, her decision to rid herself of an alcohol habit that had overstayed its welcome.
To say the least, Bonnie Raitt has a colorful resume that has spanned several decades which has resulted in working with popular musicians across the blues, folk, rock and country spectrum, and her tireless contribution to all these genres of music has been duly acknowledged when she was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. All in all, a gifted musician who seeks to influence people for causes much bigger than herself.