Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream
"It's honoring the fact that i'm in a slipstream of styles I love," Raitt says of her first studio album since 2005. "There's folk, reggae, pop and rock & roll. I got all the variety I need." Returning to the studio after a break following the death of her brother in 2009, Raitt cut a slew of new tracks, four with producer Joe Henry, including bluesy takes on Bob Dylan's "Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway." "His last series of records have slayed me," she says. "But there are so many verses! We took a verse out of each because they were getting long."