What Makes Bonnie Raitt So Great?

We love Bonnie Raitt here at Gooseneck HQ!

From her early albums like Takin' My Time to her breakthrough Nick of Time she's put out a string of great records over the years. Her latest is called Dig In Deep, and it sounds great.


We love the way Bonnie combines R&B, blues, soul, funk, reggae -- basically all the good stuff -- into a funky sound that's all her own. Add to that her killer singing, at turns sexy, sassy and soulful. And don't forget her signature slide guitar, a sound as instantly recognizable as her voice. 

She came up in that period in the '70s when many amazing singer-songwriters and bands were emerging out of Southern California, including Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, The Eagles and Little Feat. 

Bonnie worked a lot with Lowell George and Little Feat. Here's an old video from the Midnight Special show with Bonnie singing backgrounds on the classic "Dixie Chicken."




What's the Best Bonnie Raitt Record?

Bonnie has many great records from her career, including chart-toppers Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw.

But we love her early stuff too. Takin' My Time from 1973 is one of our favorite Bonnie records. Lowell George actually started out as its producer, and he plays on much of it, along with other members of Little Feat. If you haven't heard it, you've gotta check it out.

We also love the fact that Bonnie records her albums with her road band, which includes Ricky Fataar (drums), George Marinelli (guitar), Hutch Hutchinson (bass) and Jon Cleary (keys). Here's a recent video of Bonnie in the recording studio with her band and David Lindley cutting a Jackson Browne song:



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Now it's your turn: What's your favorite Bonnie Raitt record? What are some of your favorite Bonnie songs? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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11 comments

  • Mike Gassman

    Mike Gassman Evanston, Illinois

    Every song album Performance Bonnie ever has done is my favorite. If I had to pick one Nick of Time. Favorite rendition, Bonnie singing and playing the John Prine song, Angel From Montgomery. I saw the Chicago Theatre Performance, It was incredible. Bonnie shares the stage graciously with her talented musicians and presented her opening act, The California Honeydrops who were amazing. Bonnie is so unassuming and sharing. She loves the efforts of the players, the tech staff and the road crew. She engages her audience and she is honest to the music and our planet !

    Every song album Performance Bonnie ever has done is my favorite. If I had to pick one Nick of Time. Favorite rendition, Bonnie singing and playing the John Prine song, Angel From Montgomery. I saw the Chicago Theatre Performance, It was incredible. Bonnie shares the stage graciously with her talented musicians and presented her opening act, The California Honeydrops who were amazing. Bonnie is so unassuming and sharing. She loves the efforts of the players, the tech staff and the road crew. She engages her audience and she is honest to the music and our planet !

  • Jim Carpenter

    Jim Carpenter North Little Rock, Arkansas

    I got to see Bonnie Rait perform at the King Biscuit Blues Festival ic a cold rain. We had placed three large mushroom top propane heaters on stage and she got under the center one and loved the warmth and played for over two hours to a most appreciative crowd. Her recordings with John Lee Hooker are my favorites. You can feel her joy and admiration in every note.

    I got to see Bonnie Rait perform at the King Biscuit Blues Festival ic a cold rain. We had placed three large mushroom top propane heaters on stage and she got under the center one and loved the warmth and played for over two hours to a most appreciative crowd.
    Her recordings with John Lee Hooker are my favorites. You can feel her joy and admiration in every note.

  • Jacque Garoutte

    Jacque Garoutte Kansas City Mo

    I first saw Bonnie at the Rink In Fayetteville AR in '79 or so, she used Jim Byfield & the Brothers of the Night from Tulsa as a band Walt Richmond on Keys. Fantastic show, we were big LITTLE FEAT/Lowell George fans anyway so we were hip to all thing FEAT, Robert Palmer records etc. I love the old Bonnie records Takin' my time & Sweet Forgivness -FREEBO on bass! I saw her on my birthday years later after she was famous in Tulsa in the floating river amphitheater in the rain great as well. You can't overlook her keyboard player in the current road band, Mike Finnegen one of the absolute greatest blue eyed soul singin'B3 playin' musicians on the planet! Also Dave Pruitt of the great band the Bel- Airs says Bonnie is the best slide player he has ever seen & Dave is a badass slide man in his own right! Ok I'm rambling.... THX!

    I first saw Bonnie at the Rink In Fayetteville AR in '79 or so, she used Jim Byfield & the Brothers of the Night from Tulsa as a band Walt Richmond on Keys. Fantastic show, we were big LITTLE FEAT/Lowell George fans anyway so we were hip to all thing FEAT, Robert Palmer records etc. I love the old Bonnie records Takin' my time & Sweet Forgivness -FREEBO on bass! I saw her on my birthday years later after she was famous in Tulsa in the floating river amphitheater in the rain great as well. You can't overlook her keyboard player in the current road band, Mike Finnegen one of the absolute greatest blue eyed soul singin'B3 playin' musicians on the planet! Also Dave Pruitt of the great band the Bel- Airs says Bonnie is the best slide player he has ever seen & Dave is a badass slide man in his own right! Ok I'm rambling.... THX!

  • Bill Hyatt Sr

    Bill Hyatt Sr Guntersville Alabama

    Love Bonnie's gravely voice , my two favs are Love sneaking up on you , lets give them something to talk about !

    Love Bonnie's gravely voice , my two favs are Love sneaking up on you , lets give them something to talk about !

  • Shelley Buhl

    Shelley Buhl Pittsburgh, Pa

    Wow! Favorite record? Normally I would say all of them, but today I have to admit that "Road Tested" might just make the top spot. Favorite songs? "Love Has No Pride", "Angel From Montgomery", "Not Cause I Wanted To", "Not The Only One"...There are just too many...

    Wow! Favorite record? Normally I would say all of them, but today I have to admit that "Road Tested" might just make the top spot. Favorite songs? "Love Has No Pride",
    "Angel From Montgomery", "Not Cause I Wanted To", "Not The Only One"...There are just too many...

  • John tucker

    John tucker Ceder Creek lake, Texas. skipperskip71@gmail.com

    I love every song and everything Bonnie Raitt period no matter what it is...i can listen to her voice non-stop...i am just a Bonnie freak. If she comes to town, I go, if she comes on TV, I watch, i even have early Lowell George and Bonnie casettes...i like casettes...my one wish from a jini in a lamp would be to be Bonnie's soul mate and share all Bonnie things...I just simlpy cant get enough of her voice. She is my favorite...period! But we all know thats just a boys fantasy. Some day I do really wish to meet her in person, then i could go home and be completely satisfied that i spent one second with Bonnie. Then i guess i would continue collecting Bonnie things. Wow, who and how would i leave everything i have gotten over the years...? that is Bonnie Raitt? That is a hard one to dwell on. A Bonnie Music hall of fame! The world should hear her sing and view her stuff. Thank God for music.

    I love every song and everything Bonnie Raitt period no matter what it is...i can listen to her voice non-stop...i am just a Bonnie freak. If she comes to town, I go, if she comes on TV, I watch, i even have early Lowell George and Bonnie casettes...i like casettes...my one wish from a jini in a lamp would be to be Bonnie's soul mate and share all Bonnie things...I just simlpy cant get enough of her voice. She is my favorite...period! But we all know thats just a boys fantasy. Some day I do really wish to meet her in person, then i could go home and be completely satisfied that i spent one second with Bonnie. Then i guess i would continue collecting Bonnie things. Wow, who and how would i leave everything i have gotten over the years...? that is Bonnie Raitt? That is a hard one to dwell on. A Bonnie Music hall of fame! The world should hear her sing and view her stuff. Thank God for music.

  • bill

    bill wilmington nc

    she played the wash dc area alot,, my fav was every year at wolf trap , with John Prine that slide on "Angel from Montgomery" was awesome..

    she played the wash dc area alot,, my fav was every year at wolf trap , with John Prine that slide on "Angel from Montgomery" was awesome..

  • Antoinette Geppi

    Antoinette Geppi Baltimore Maryland

    I fell in love with Bonnie when I heard Give It Up Album. Haves loved her every since. I gave my Father who I met late in life the album and told him I related to every song! He played Sax and Piano and fell in love with her too. Slide on my idol 🎶🎶🎶🎶❤️❤️❤️❤️

    I fell in love with Bonnie when I heard Give It Up Album. Haves loved her every since. I gave my Father who I met late in life the album and told him I related to every song! He played Sax and Piano and fell in love with her too. Slide on my idol 🎶🎶🎶🎶❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Debbie

    Debbie Buffalo NY

    Been a Bonnie fan since the 70s. Love her first album, especially the Sippie Wallace tune Women Be Wise. My favorite Albums are Takin My Time and Give it Up. Only thing I miss is Freebo playing the tuba and clarinet at her concerts!!

    Been a Bonnie fan since the 70s. Love her first album, especially the Sippie Wallace tune Women Be Wise. My favorite Albums are Takin My Time and Give it Up. Only thing I miss is Freebo playing the tuba and clarinet at her concerts!!

  • Jim

    Jim Lenoir NC

    Have been following Bonnie since the early 70s saw her everytime she played in the DC area.. we have been fortunate enough to meet her backstage a few times..some of my faves are Love me like a man, love has no pride, That song about the midway, and a duet with Buddy Guy"feels like rain". I do miss Freebo. She is as nice and friendly in person as you would imagine

    Have been following Bonnie since the early 70s saw her everytime she played in the DC area.. we have been fortunate enough to meet her backstage a few times..some of my faves are Love me like a man, love has no pride, That song about the midway, and a duet with Buddy Guy"feels like rain". I do miss Freebo. She is as nice and friendly in person as you would imagine

  • Lisa

    Lisa Nashville

    I’ve always loved Bonnie! Finally saw her in Nashville in 2017. Can’t put into words what a wonderful artist she is. Thank you, Bonnie!

    I’ve always loved Bonnie! Finally saw her in Nashville in 2017. Can’t put into words what a wonderful artist she is. Thank you, Bonnie!

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