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Bonnie Raitt still follows her own tune

BY EDNA GUNDERSON
USA TODAY
April 9, 2012

STUDIO CITY, Calif. – Bonnie Raitt had not enjoyed a proper hiatus since her launch on the Boston folk and blues club circuit in the late '60s. Four decades later, the year-long retreat she allowed herself after 2009's BonTaj Roulet tour with bluesman Taj Mahal was hardly a dream vacation.

She attended to the estate of her older brother Steve, who died of brain cancer, and gave herself time to grieve not only his death, but the earlier losses of her parents and the passing of her close friend, Texas musician Stephen Bruton. (Continued...)