On February 26, 2016, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt will release “Dig In Deep”, her twentieth album, on Redwing Records, her own, independent label. The record follows Bonnie’s hugely successful 2012 release Slipstream, which was one of the best-selling independent albums of 2012 and earned Bonnie a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album — her tenth career GRAMMY win.
“The response to ‘Slipstream’ was such a refreshing and unexpected boost,” says Raitt. “So going into this album, I had renewed energy.”
Feeling that her recent, two-year-long tour was one of her best ever, Raitt was eager to get her touring band back in the studio. She again produced the album herself (other than one track taken from her 2010 sessions with Joe Henry), and brought Ryan Freeland back as the project’s engineer. Notably, Raitt has writing credits on five of the album’s songs, the most original compositions she has contributed to 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,’ she said. “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.”
Debuting in the Top Ten, ‘Slipstream’ marked not only Raitt’s first release on her own label, but her biggest chart success in two decades. The album was praised as “gripping” (New York Times), “masterful” (Hollywood Reporter) and “emotionally searing” (Variety). Simply put, it was embraced as “one of the best of her 40-year career” (American Songwriter).
Now, with ‘Dig In Deep’, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide work from the woman Rolling Stone named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” “I’m feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game,” says Bonnie Raitt. “I think all these years together pay off, and the best part is that we know how lucky we are to still get to make our livings doing something we love this much.”
With it just around the corner, we hope to be able to give you a sneak preview soon. We will make sure we bring the review here first!