Bonnie Raitt / Home Plate

bonnie 1_opt.jpg Bonnie rightfully struck gold on Nick of Time (1989), however this sizzling slab waxed years earlier in ‘75 somehow missed mass recognition.

You judge an artist by the company they keep? Then dig Raitt’s prominent posse: Jackson Browne, Vanetta Fields, John Hall, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Porcaro, Terry Reid, John Sebastian, J.D. Souther, Tom Waits, and Jai Winding – to cite a scant few, with Paul Rothchild behind the console.

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The bassist is the equally incomparable Freebo – poppin’ groovin’ and glissandoin’ in the pocket on his fretted, fretless, and guitarron.

Slick yet soulful, grounded but gritty -she’d render even better on Sweet Forgiveness in ’77 with Daniel Friedberg aka “Freebo” in the bass chair!      

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