Longtime Ampeg artist, James “Hutch” Hutchinson is once again about to hit the road with Bonnie Raitt. Here’s some news from the Raitt camp about the kickoff off their upcoming tour following the release of the new album “Slipstream.”
2012 is shaping up to be the year of Bonnie Raitt. On the heels of releasing ‘Slipstream,’ a bold, soulful effort that marks her first studio release in seven years (April 10, Redwing Records), Raitt embarks on the first leg of her 70-date tour on May 1. Tickets are available for pre-sale starting February 8th at the newly revamped www.bonnieraitt.com. Complete ticketing information for the tour is available now.
Additionally, Raitt, a nine-time GRAMMY® winner, will perform on the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, February 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Raitt and Alicia Keys will remember Etta James.
Raitt’s reinvented version of Gerry Rafferty’s hit “Right Down The Line,” is the first single from ‘Slipstream’ and has “just the right note of rueful worldly wisdom – and on her guitar solo, she shreds” (Rolling Stone). The single is currently racing up the AAA radio chart, breaking into the Top 20 in less than 2 weeks and becoming the most added track at the format well in advance of its official radio launch date on February 13.
Hear “Right Down the Line” now on RollingStone.com
Full of heated guitar solos and Raitt’s trademark slide guitar, ‘Slipstream’ is available for presale today at iTunes and Amazon. Called a Best Bet for 2012 by Billboard Magazine, the album will hit all major music retailers nationwide on April 10, including 7,500 Starbucks in North America who will also feature the album track “Down To You” as their “Pick of the Week.”
On tour, Marc Cohn will join Raitt as the opening act for the first month of shows on the first leg, with Mavis Staples set to open the latter dates. Raitt will be accompanied by her longtime touring band of James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), and George Marinelli (guitar), with the new addition of Mike Finnigan (Joe Cocker, CSN, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix) on keyboards.
Said Raitt of her band, “They’re all incredibly talented and we fit like a glove…we’ve got a great thing going and can’t wait to get back out on the road.”
A lifelong activist, Raitt also provides benefit tickets for charity at every concert, and as well invites local non-profit organizations to share information about their work with concertgoers. For more information on Special Benefit Seating, go to www.guacfund.org.
Bonnie Raitt 2012 Tour:
May 1 – Newkirk, OK – First
Council Casino (on sale 02/11)
May 3 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Casino (on sale now)
May 4 – Vinton, LA – Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino (on sale 02/27)
Ma6 – New Orleans, LA – Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 8 – Meridian, MS – MSU Riley Center for Education and the Performing Arts*
(on sale 02/20)
May 9 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre* (on sale 02/17)
May 12 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium* (on sale 02/17)
May 13 – Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center* (on sale 02/10)
May 14 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre* (on sale 02/10)
May 16 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall* (on sale TBD)
May 18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant* (on sale 02/17)
May 19 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre* (on sale 02/11)
May 22 – Midland, MI – Midland Center for the Arts* (on sale 04/02)
May 23 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre* (on sale 02/17)
May 25 – Ann Arbor, MI – Hill Auditorium* (on sale 04/09)
May 26 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall* (on sale 02/11)
May 27 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre* SOLD OUT
May 30 – Hampton Beach, NH – Casino Ballroom (on sale 02/10)
May 31 – Portland, ME – Merrill Auditorium* (on sale 02/10)
June 2 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre* (on sale 02/10)
June 3 – Burlington, VT – Burlington Discover Jazz Festival* (on sale 03/19)
June 8 – Holyoke, MA – Mountain Park+ (on sale 2/17)
June 9 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena+ (on sale 03/09)
June 12 – Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion+ (on sale 04/06)
June 13 – Portsmouth, VA – nTelos Harbor Center Pavilion+ (on sale 02/10)
June 14 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap+ (on sale 03/24)
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music+ (on sale TBD)
June 17 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion+ (on sale 02/10)
June 20 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre+ (on sale 02/17)
June 23 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion+ (on sale 2/27)
June 24 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent+ (on sale 03/03)
* with Marc Cohn
+ with Mavis Staples
Pre-sale tickets available at www.bonnieraitt.com.