Since the late '80s, Bonnie Raitt's signature slide-guitar playing, her impassioned bluesy vocals and trademark fiery-red coiffure has delighted British audiences. But in her native America, Raitt had been grinding out gradual success since the mid-'70s, and after an appearance on a Warren Zevon album alongside the likes of Jackson Browne and Stevie Nicks, her critical and commercial stature started to grow.
1977's solo album "Sweet Forgiveness" proved to be something of a catalyst, earning her some acclaim and a deal with Warners. But with it came bad times and the usual rock and roll indulgences started to take their toll on her career, before a change of label and a change of fortune in 1989 gave her belated acclaim. And earnings. After slogging it out on the live-circuit, the aptly-titled "Nick of Time" propelled her into the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, earning her Grammys, acclaim from critics (about time) and the honour of singing with blues-legend John Lee Hooker on his "The Healer" album.
And the success has continued in consistent and steady form. Her new album "Slipstream", her first for seven years, has notched up nearly a quarter of a million sales and has been heralded as one of her best in 40 years of recording. This all sounds like a perfect foil for a proper bout of touring.
Next year, Bonnie Raitt will be doing just that - the singer will return to the UK for a lengthy journey around these isles, again her first dates over here for seven years, starting in Southend on 9th June 2013, followed by Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and several more until hitting London's Royal Albert Hall on 27th June.
We have tickets to all shows right now, with prices starting from £28.50 to £45, depending on the venue. Hurry though - to get this lady's tickets you'll need the 'luck of the draw' [ouch! -Ed].