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Slipstream

Apr 2012

"A loose and adventurous reminder of everything she does well... it's mood music with a razor edge, pain fronting as bliss, delivered by a vet who understands that the blues are often about just that."

~ Rolling Stone

Slipstream

Released April 10, 2012
Produced by Bonnie Raitt
*Produced by Joe Henry
Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Freeland
ⓅⒸ 2012 Redwing Records

1. Used to Rule the World (4:18)
2. Right Down the Line (5:29)
3. Million Miles (6:27)*
4. You Can't Fail Me Now (4:18)*
5. Down to You  (3:59)
6. Take My Love With You (4:24)
7. Not Cause I Wanted To (3:37)
8. Ain’t Gonna Let You Go (5:59) 
9. Marriage Made In Hollywood (4:55)
10. Split Decision (4:35)
11. Standing In The Doorway (5:24)*
12. God Only Knows (4:42)*

1. Used to Rule the World
(Randall Bramblett)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocals, Electric/Slide Guitar
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3, Backing Vocal
George Marinelli: Electric Guitar
Johnny Lee Schell: Electric Guitar 
James “Hutch” Hutchinson:  Bass
Ricky Fataar: Drums
Luis Conte: Percussion

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2. Right Down the Line
(Gerry Rafferty)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocals, Electric Slide Guitar and Arrangement
George Marinelli: Harmony Vocal, Electric Guitars
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3, Clavinet
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Bass 
Ricky Fataar: Drums, Timbales
Luis Conte: Percussion
Maia Sharp: Backing Vocal

© 1978 Music Of Stage Three (BMI). All rights admin. by BMG Chrysalis. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

3. Million Miles
(Bob Dylan)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Slide Guitar 
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz: Acoustic Guitar
Patrick Warren: Piano 
David Piltch: Upright Bass
Jay Bellerose: Drums

© 1997 Special Rider Music (SESAC). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

4. You Can't Fail Me Now
(Joseph Lee Henry/Loudon Wainwright III)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz: Acoustic Guitar
Patrick Warren: Wurlitzer
David Piltch: Upright Bass
Jay Bellerose: Drums

© 2007 Universal Pictures Music (adm. By Universal Music Corp. [ASCAP]). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

5. Down to You
(Music by George Marinelli, Lyrics by Bonnie Raitt and Randall Bramblett)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal, Electric/Slide Guitar
George Marinelli: Harmony Vocal, Electric Guitar
Mike Finnigan: Piano and Organ
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Bass 
Ricky Fataar: Drums
Gang: Handclaps

© 2012 Lapiotrope Music (BMI) admin by Bluewater. Open Secret Music (ASCAP.) Blue Ceiling Music (BMI) admin by Calhoun Enterprises. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

6. Take My Love With You
(Gordon Kennedy/Wayne Kirkpatrick/Kelly Price)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal
George Marinelli: Acoustic, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocal
Al Anderson: Acoustic Guitar
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Bass
Ricky Fataar: Drums
Maia Sharp: Backing Vocal
Jeff Young: Backing Vocal
Luis Conte: Percussion

© 2011 Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP)/Bo Cut Songs (ASCAP)/Big Beautiful One (ASCAP). All rights admin. by Universal Music Corp. 

© 2012 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) Sell The Cow Music (BMI). All rights admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI).  All rights reserved.  Used by permission.

7. Not Cause I Wanted To
(Al Anderson/Bonnie Bishop)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal
Al Anderson: Acoustic Guitar, Lead Solo
George Marinelli: Electric Guitar
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3
Patrick Warren: Pump Organ
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Uprtight Bass
Maia Sharp: Harmony Vocal

© 2012 Cash Box Music (BMI)/ Alrighty Den Music (BMI) admin by WAMA, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.

8. Ain’t Gonna Let You Go
(Al Anderson/Bonnie Bramblett)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal, Electric Slide Guitar
Al Anderson: Acoustic Guitar 
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Bass
Ricky Fataar: Drums
George Marinelli: Shakers

© 2012 Songs of Kicking Bird Music (BMI), Stairyway to Bittner’s Music (BMI) and Bug Music (BMI) admin by BMG Rights Management. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

9. Marriage Made In Hollywood
(Paul Brady/Michael O'Keefe) 

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal 
George Marinelli: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin 
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Bass
Ricky Fataar: Drums, Tambourine
Paul Brady: Harmony Vocal
Maia Sharp: Backing Vocal

© 2006 Sandyford Songs (ASCAP) admin By Ten Ten Music Group/ Standard Glands, Inc. (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved.\

10. Split Decision
(Al Anderson/Gary Nicholson)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal, Electric Slide Guitar, Tambourine
Al Anderson: Harmony Vocal, Electric Guitar
Mike Finnigan: Hammond B3
James “Hutch” Hutchinson: Bass
Ricky Fataar: Drums, Tambourine

©2012 Mighty Nice Music (ASCAP) admin by Bluewater Music Services Corp./ Bughouse (ASCAP) admin by BMG Rights Management. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing (ASCAP)/ Four Sons Music (ASCAP) admin by Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

11. Standing In The Doorway
(Bob Dylan)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal, Electric Slide Guitar
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz: Pedal Steel
Patrick Warren: Piano, Keyboards
David Piltch: Upright Bass
Jay Bellerose: Drums

© 1997 by Special Rider Music (SESAC). Used by permission. All rights reserved.

12. God Only Knows
(Joe Henry)

Bonnie Raitt: Vocal
Patrick Warren: Piano, Keyboards

© 2007 Chrysalis Music/Blood Count Music (ASCAP). All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US), LLC. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, California 
Second Engineer Wesley Seidman
Overall Guitar/Bass Wrangler Manny Alvarez
Summer 2011

*Tracks 3, 4, 11 and 12
Recorded at the Garfield House Studio, South Pasadena, California, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011

Mixed at Stampede Origin Studio, Culver City, California, Summer 2011

Al Anderson overdubs on Split Decision recorded by Scott Baggett
Paul Brady overdubs on Marriage Made In Hollywood 
Patrick Warren overdubs on Not Cause I Wanted To and Standing In The Doorway
George Marinelli overdubs on Take My Love With You

Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine

Management: Kathy Kane with Annie Heller-Gutwillig, 
Chloe Monahan and Mary Skerrett

Art Direction/Design: Norman Moore, DesignArtLA.com 
Photography: Matt Mindlin
Photography Assistants: Omar Gaieck and Chris Soule Background Photography: Norman Moore
Stylist: Kate Lindsay
Makeup: Gunn Espegard
Set Design: Jon Lee and Chris Lee 
Project Coordinator: Kathy Kane

SPECIAL THANKS:
Thank you to Joe, Ryan, our special guest Bill Frisell; Greg, David, Jay, Patrick, Johnny Lee, Luis, Jeff, Maia, Paul, Al, Hutch, Ricky, George and Mike.

Thank you to all the great writers who contributed to this album.

Thank you to our touring crew Manny Alvarez, Ky Cabot, Derek Williams, Paul Middleton, Daniel O’Brien, Kari Stephens, Rolland Ryan, Ross Lahey, Clint Boire and Kevin Dockey; Sheba Posnansky; Our friends at Schubert Systems Group, Dirk Schubert and Mike Gonzales; Tom Campbell at The Guacamole Fund; and

Paul Goldman, Ron Kaplan, Garry Buck and everyone at Monterey International.

For our beautiful package, thank you to Norman, Matt, Kate and Molly; Focus Studio, Jon Lee, Chris Lee, Gunn Espegard, Elie Tahari and Meredith Viollis.

Thank you to our Redwing Records team – Fred Croshal, Jimmy Brunetti and all at CEG; Brian Porizek; Howard Gabriel, Liz Snair, Danny Buch, Ellena Osis, and all our team at RED; Marilyn Laverty, Mark Satlof, Rebecca Shapiro, Elizabeth Lutz and all at Shore Fire Media; Malcom Mills and everyone at Proper Records; Janine Small and Elliot Groffman; Lisa Thomas and Ian Marsh; Bill Tannenbaum; and Paul and Shane Glass with GJG.

And very special thanks to my amazing management team – Kathy Kane, Annie Heller-Gutwillig, Chloe Monahan and Mary Skerrett.

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www.bonnieraitt.com
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RWR001 ⓅⒸ 2012 Redwing Records, LLC. Distributed in North America by Alternative Distribution Alliance, LLC. All rights reserved. 

Bonnie Raitt started anew with the release of her nineteenth album, Slipstream. The album marked her return to studio recording after seven years and the launch of her label, Redwing Records. A huge success, Slipstream sold over a quarter-million copies in 2012, making it one of the top selling independent albums.  From The New York Times to People Magazine, the album was lauded in top critic's lists for album of the year and earned Raitt a GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album. 

Raitt sold out over half of her 80-date North American concert tour, and made several national TV appearances (Ellen, Leno, Letterman, GMA, Fallon and more), performed at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance from the Americana Music Association. Slipstream delivers some of the most surprising and rewarding music of Raitt's remarkable career,  thanks in part to some experimental sessions with celebrated producer Joe Henry.

The years before and after Raitt's last album, 2005's acclaimed Souls Alike, weren't an easy time for her, with the passing of parents, her brother, and a best friend. So after following that album with her usual long run of touring—winding up with the "dream come true" of the "BonTaj Roulet" revue with Taj Mahal in 2009 and a triumphant appearance at the all-star Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts the same year— she decided to step back and recharge for a while.

"I took a hiatus from touring and recording to get back in touch with the other part of my life," she says. "On the road, under stress, it's hard to stay in balance and move forward." Excited to have time at home and with her family and friends, she could go to the symphony, check out live jazz and Cuban shows, and so much else. She continued her ongoing political work, helping to organize NukeFree.org in 2007 and supporting her favorite non-profit organizations. "I didn't have to be the professional version of myself for a long time," she says. "It wasn't so much a vacation as a chance to take care of a lot of neglected areas of my life, a lot of processing after all that loss and activity."

When she started thinking about making music again, Bonnie knew she needed to try something out of the ordinary. "I was really interested in working with different people, and someone I had always been drawn to was Joe Henry," she says. "I'm a big fan of his writing and albums and love the work he's done producing Allen Toussaint, Solomon Burke, and others. I thought it would be really intriguing to see what we could come up with. Coincidentally, he had been wanting to call me as well. Our first phone call lasted over two hours."

They found a brief window when Henry's usual crew of musicians was available, augmented by a new friend of Bonnie's, the magnificent guitarist Bill Frisell. "I didn't have to produce or get the band together, I could just show up and sing," she says. "I came to Joe's with, to use a Zen expression, 'beginner's mind.'" The experiment yielded eight songs in 48 hours, and Raitt was inspired to get back to work full force. "I loved singing these songs and playing with these guys so much," she says, "This was just the jumpstart I needed to get me back in the saddle and wanting to work on a new album."

She plans to release the full results of the Joe Henry sessions down the line, but for now she chose to include four of these tracks on Slipstream —the Henry originals "You Can't Fail Me Now" (co-written with Loudon Wainwright III)  and "God Only Knows," and two songs from Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind album, "Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway." 

A few months later, Raitt gathered her long-time touring bandmates—George Marinelli on guitar, James "Hutch" Hutchinson on bass, and Ricky Fataar on drums—along with a new addition and an old friend on keys, Mike Finnigan (Taj Mahal; Joe Cocker; Crosby, Stills and Nash) in a Los Angeles studio. Bonnie was also pleased to have Maia Sharp, one of her favorite artists and a collaborator on Souls Alike, joining her team once again, adding back-up vocals to several songs.

Raitt retained Henry's engineer, Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Aimee Mann), whom she loved working with, as a way to unify the project's sound. The band went straight to work and quickly recorded a slew of songs Raitt had been collecting over the last few years.

Where Raitt's last several albums concentrated on material from lesser-known and younger songwriters, Slipstream draws from more of her contemporaries, including Paul Brady and Michael O'Keefe's "Marriage Made in Hollywood" and a reggae-fied version of Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down the Line." Her longtime friend Al Anderson, formerly of NRBQ, contributes three songs and plays on four; his hard-bopping guitar work adds to the general sense of six-string gunslinging throughout the album. "One of the new things about this record is that we let the guitar jams go on for a while," says Raitt.  George and I got into some rockin' back and forth like we do live, and I had a ball going head-to-head with Al Anderson, one of my all-time favorite guitarists, on his 'Split Decision.'