Review and Photos by Terry MayerEvery cloud has a silver lining, but no clouds hung overhead as Bonnie Raitt introduced herself to the Riverside in Milwaukee last night. Her most recent album, Silver Lining, comes out Tuesday, April 9.
At age 52, Raitt can still get the crowd tappin' their feet and snappin' their fingers to her blues-tinged music. Opening the evening with the heartfelt "Love Letter" from her 1989 album Nick Of Time, she castoff any doubts of her musical talents. Raitt took a big risk by playing many songs from her new album, but it paid off as the crowd really got into it. On "Here Me Lord," written by Oliver Mtukudzi Africa, Raitt gave us the unmistakable South African beat with a delta blues twist, a unique blend that preserved it's soulful power.
"No Getting Over You" took the audience back to the deep south blues sound, which was scattered throughout the whole set. Even though the media has classified her as a blues artist, Raitt's taste and style are taken from all over the world. Raitt dedicated Nick Of Time to her parents. As the stage became somber she took to the keyboards and treated the crowd to a peacefully slow and contemplative moment.
As Raitt sipped a glass of water, she informed the audience that she was fighting a cold and apologized for the croaking of her voice. But her apologies fell on deaf ears as the audience knew that this raw woman's battle-tested and gravelly voice only sounds better when faced with adversity.
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