Bonnie Raitt Adds 2016 Dates; Album Out

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Raitt dig in deep

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and ten-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt‘s new album, Dig In Deep – her 20th – arrived February 26th via her own label, Redwing Records.

Her extensive 2016 tour begins March 10th and continues into the fall (see below). Last month, Raitt performed a well-received tribute honoring legendary blues artist B.B. King at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards with Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr.

“I was really inspired to come up with some songs that went with grooves that I missed playing in my live show, and to dig deeper into some topics I hadn’t yet mined,” Raitt explained in a press release. “I don’t write easily and can get distracted, but remembering how satisfying it was to come up with something new of my own, and writing with guys I love – like my longtime bandmates George Marinelli and Jon Cleary – I found that once the wheels started turning, the music came pouring out.”

And pour out, it has. The 66-year-old blues singer penned five new tracks for her forthcoming record, and produced all except for one, which was pulled from the recording sessions for 2012’s Grammy-winning LP Slipstream (and was produced by Joe Henry).

Raitt had previously announced a slew of North American tour dates following the release of her next album (see below). The Dig In Deep Tour will feature her longtime band – James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums) and George Marinelli (guitar) – as well as more recent addition Mike Finnigan (keyboards), who joined the line-up for her 2012-2013 tour to promote Slipstream. Five-piece funk, gospel and Delta blues ensemble the California Honeydrops will open for Raitt, and are offering a free (yes, free) download of their current album, Honeydrops Live.

For every ticket purchased, one dollar will be donated to organizations devoted to sustainable energy, social justice, human rights, environmental protection and music education. Additional tour dates for 2016 are still to be announced.

Bonnie Raitt 2016 Tour Dates (purchase tickets here):
March 10 – Richmond, VA – Carpenter Theatre
March 12 – Albany, NY – Palace
March 13 – Rochester NY – Eastman Theatre
March 15 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
March 16 – Detroit, MI – Opera House
March 18 – St Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
March 19 – Louisville, KY – Palace
March 22 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
March 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall
March 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Verizon Hall
March 26 – Washington DC – Kennedy Center
March 29 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
April 1 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
April 2 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
April 17 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
April 20 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
April 22 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort
April 23 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
April 26 – Dallas TX – Winspear Opera House
April 27 – Austin TX – Moody Theater
April 29 – Houston TX – Bayou Theater (Revention Music Center)
May 1 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 3 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
May 4 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
May 26 – Manchester, United Kingdom
May 27 – Gateshead Quays, United Kingdom
May 29 – Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 30 – Birmingham, United Kingdom
June 1 – Longdon, United Kingdom
June 2 – Bristol, United Kingdom
June 4 – Grolloo, Netherlands
June 6 – Brussels, Belgium
June 7 – Frankfurt, Germany
June 10 – Kolding, Denmark
June 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark
July 27 – San Diego, CA
July 29 – Santa Barbara, CA
July 30 – Los Angeles, CA
August 12 – Wallingford, CT
August 13 – Newark, NJ
August 15 – Westbury, NY
August 17 – Hampton Beach, NH
August 19 – Portland, ME
August 20 – Boston, MA
August 23 – Hyannis, MA
August 24 – Baltimore, MD
August 26 – Philadelphia, PA
August 27 – Vienna, VA
August 30 – Kettering, OH
August 31 – Grand Rapids, MI
September 2 – Milwaukee, WI
September 3 – Highland Park, IL
September 5 – Minneapolis, MN
September 6 – Lincoln, NE
September 8 – Morrison, CO
September 11 – Salt Lake City, UT
September 13 – Boise, ID
September 14 – Spokane, WA
September 16 – Woodinville, WA
September 17 – Portland, OR
September 23 – Paso Robles, CA
September 24 – Berkeley, CA
October 12 – Austin, TX

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