Legendary singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt is set to launch her new album, Dig In Deep. The album will be her first since the 2012’s release of Slipstream, and is due for release on February 26th.
Raitt, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, told Entertainment Weekly that this time around she took of the inspiration for some of the songs by writing about her loss of loved ones.
Tragically, for the singer, between 2004 and 2009, her father, mother and brother all passed away. Opening up to EW she said: “I had a decade of a lot of loss…I was depleted, but like when your car runs out of battery and your friend pushes you, I got pushed.”
A partial catalyst for the new album was her guitarist, he sent the singer a song called “If You Need Somebody” and this “got the wheels going” for her, in terms of writing original material.
“I knew I was going to write something about Dad, and it was going to be sad,” she says. “So I was glad to break that block.”
Dig In Deep will feature mostly original songs written by Bonnie herself, but there will also be some covers thrown in as well. One stand out is INXS’ #1 hit from 1987, “Need You Tonight”. Why did this song make the album? Raitt explained, “I’m a big INXS fan. I always wanted to stop and [sing], ‘You’re one of my kind!’ It feels exactly as sexy as it sounds.”
What keeps an artist like Bonnie Raitt motivated enough to want to tour and write songs after 40 years in the business? Bonnie’s reaction to that is quite simple. She says it’s her contemporaries. Artists who continue to perform as they age, including the “old R&B and blues artists” like Tony Bennett, and her late dad, John Raitt, who was a musical theater star. Raitt said: “I’m modeling myself after them, people get more interesting and deeper as they get older.”
And so does Bonnie. Again, the new album is due for release on February 26th. In the meantime, check out “something To Talk About,” from Bonnie Raitt below, right here at RMW.