Women Who Rock – #48 Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie’s Raitt’s Give It Up is #48 on RS’s list of Greatest Albums from “Women Who Rock.” My only experience with Bonnie’s discography was her later Top 40 stuff, so this early blues was a revelation. She sounds so young! It’s definitely not what I expected, with some of the songs having a Dixieland feel to them. (Snook: “How can it be ‘rock’ when it was a clarinet solo?!”) The album inspired me to read up on Bonnie, where I learned how respected she is as a slide guitarist. The Snook informs me that there’s even a Unix utility named after her. (Me: “What does it do?” Him: “Identify bottlenecks.” Me: “Heh.”)

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