Bonnie Raitt Readies First Album in Seven Years

LP to include covers of Bob Dylan, Gerry Rafferty

January 3, 2012 12:50 PM ET
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Bonnie Raitt performs during the M.U.S.E. Benefit Concert for Japan Relief at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
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In April, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt will release Slipstream, her first album in seven years, with major tour dates to follow. The album will be put out by Raitt's own new label, Redwing, and will feature covers of two songs by Bob Dylan, production on several songs from Joe Henry and a reggae cover of the late Gerry Rafferty's hit "Right Down the Line."

The album marks a return to the spotlight for the singer, who has been on hiatus in recent years after the deaths of her parents, her brother and her best friend. She took an extended break from music "to get back in touch with the other part of my life," she said in a statement.

The comeback coincides with a recent surge of interest in Raitt's music from a younger generation. Adele released a live version of "I Can't Make You Love Me" on iTunes last year, and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon played a medley of that song and "Nick of Time" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  

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