Bonnie Raitt preps 1st album in 7 years for April

January 3, 2012 - 1:26 PM
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2008 file photo, singer Bonnie Raitt performs at the close of The Women's Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Raitt will be releasing "Slipstream," her first album in seven years on April 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bonnie Raitt is releasing a new album in 2012, her first in seven years.

"Slipstream," out April 10, follows a long break from studio work for the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. She lost her parents, her brother and her best friend.

"I hadn't stopped moving in a very long time so I really wanted to take a total break and not concentrate on making a new record or what I was going to do next," Raitt said. "So that was really valuable because I waited until I was really ready to come back."

"Slipstream" is the 62-year-old slide guitarist's first album since 2005's "Souls Alike" and will be the first release on her own record label, Redwing Records. The 12-track album will feature four songs recorded with producer Joe Henry and his musicians, which she describes as experimental. The remainder of the album is self-produced with her touring band.

She says she's thrilled with the resulting eclectic mix of blues, rock and soul that even includes a dash of reggae and Celtic sounds. She covers Bob Dylan's "Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway," and Loudon Wainwright III's "You Can't Fail Me Now" as well.

"It's just a new batch of great songs," Raitt said.

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http://www.bonnieraitt.com

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