Bonnie Raitt Dig In Deep on 180g 2LP + Download
Follow-Up to 2012's Grammy Award Winning Slipstream!
With Dig In Deep, her twentieth album, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt comes out swinging. The follow-up to 2012's triumphant Slipstream, the new record illustrates the delicate balance of consistency and risk-taking that has defined Raitt's remarkable career for more than forty-five years. On this album, Raitt kept things focused and close to home. Feeling that her recent two-year-long tour was one of her best ever, she was eager to get her touring band back in the studio. She again produced the album herself, and notably, she has writing credits on five of the album's songs – the most original compositions she has contributed to a record since 1998's Fundamental.
In many ways, Dig In Deep is a continuation of a new chapter for Raitt that started with the release of Slipstream. That 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, and earned Raitt her tenth Grammy Award, for Best Americana Album. "The response to Slipstream was such a refreshing and unexpected boost," she says. "So going into this album, I had renewed energy. Coming off of the Slipstream tour, it felt like finishing a winning season. At that point, I just wanted to build on the band's and my strengths and find something new to dig into – and that's what the next year was all about."
In addition to the originals, Raitt recorded material by some of her favorite working songwriters, and a couple of knock-out covers – a blazing version of Los Lobos' "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes" and her sexy, slow-burn take on the INXS hit "Need You Tonight." Dig In Deep features a healthy dose of Raitt's signature slide guitar work, but also sees her at the piano for two emotional, deeply personal numbers. She also included "You've Changed My Mind," a song from the 2010 sessions she did with producer Joe Henry, four of which ended up on Slipstream.
She knew going into the sessions that she would once again produce the album and use her beloved touring band – George Marinelli on guitar, James "Hutch" Hutchinson on bass, Ricky Fataar on drums, and Mike Finnigan on keyboards. She also reunited with her engineer Ryan Freeland; "Ryan has become a very strong ally," she says. "There's a great simpatico there and he's just phenomenal at what he does."
With the release of Dig In Deep, Bonnie Raitt continues to personify what it means to stay creative, adventurous, and daring over the course of a legendary career. "I'm feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game," she says. "This period of my life is more exciting and vital than I was expecting, and for that I'm really grateful. At this point, I have a lot less to prove and hey, if you're not going to Dig In Deep now, what's the point?"