Pre-orders for the new album will begin on November 6th, while a world tour for 2016 is currently being booked. Dates will be announced soon, as pre-sale tickets go on sale November 10th, while general sale begins on November 13th.
Following a two-year trek in support of Slipstream, Raitt quickly returned to the studio with her touring band to record Dig In Deep. Raitt produced the album herself — save one song, pulled from her 2010 sessions with Slipstream co–producer Joe Henry — and wrote five new tracks, the most original material she’s penned for a record since 1998’s Fundamental.
“I was really inspired to come up with some songs that went with grooves that I missed playing in my live show, and to dig deeper into some topics I hadn’t yet mined,” Raitt said in a statement. “I don’t write easily and can get distracted, but remembering how satisfying it was to come up with something new of my own, and writing with guys I love —like my longtime bandmates George Marinelli and Jon Cleary — I found that once the wheels started turning, the music came pouring out.”
The turnaround between 2012’s Slipstream and Dig In Deep is comparatively quick for Raitt, who previously hadn’t released an album since 2005’s Souls Alike. That time, however, was marked by personal tragedy, including the passing of Raitt’s parents in quick succession, as well as the death of her brother from brain cancer in April 2009.
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But Slipstream — which eventually won the Grammy for Best Americana Album — helped reinvigorate Raitt, who told Rolling Stone at the time, “The sessions were so inspiring that I fell back in love with music and got my appetite for it back again. It was healing.”