Return of the Great Ginger Blooze

Rolling Stone’s Elysa Gardner praised her “feisty courage.” That same magazine’s Greg Kot said she “glowed with a hard-won grace.” Robert Christgau, late of The Village Voice, called her “boring.” Alack, Bonnie Raitt is probably worthy of all of this and more. She has been a barefoot Boston folkie, an anti-nukes activist, a glassy-eyed sauce-monster, and the wife of a Buddhist priest. She’s also got an awesome, whiskey-soaked alto and is the best female rockyrow guitarist ever to walk the earth. The slide! The bottleneck! Man, it’s cool. You either love her ´cuz she’s got nine Grammies and you’re impressed by that kind of thing, or else ´cuz you’ve got good taste and you loved her cover of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” way back in ´77, or ´cuz you’re some kind of mutant and never got sick of that sickeningly sweet video for “You Got It” (from Boys On The Side — remember?). But the main thing is that you love her, you do, and you know it. To catch Raitt in all of her oft-gooey glory, head to Seminole Hard Rock tonight (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets run $45 - $80. Visit www.Ticketmaster.com.
Wed., Nov. 14, 2007
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