Oh, the agony it was picking the final choice. I will echo some of you in expressing regret for the ones not chosen. Very close contenders were Led Zeppelin, REM, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, CSNY, Gordon Lightfoot, and Steve Earle. Kerfe Roig, one of my blogmates, posted a Bonnie Raitt song yesterday and the choice became clear. Miss Bonnie Raitt it is!
Bonnie Raitt has had a total of 17 studio albums (and 29 singles) from 1971 – 2016. I started listening to her with her 10 th , 1989’s, “Nick of Time,” and bought the next 4, ending with 2002’s, “Silver Lining.” Between ’89 and ’02, the 5 albums spent a lot of time keeping me company. Now which one will be the one for the island… can’t decide between “Nick of Time” and “Luck of the Draw”! OK OK I like them both equally but Christgau gave “Nick…” a “B” and “Luck…” an “A” so that settles it.
Bonnie’s previous (and breakthrough) album, “Nick of Time,” was nominated for 4 Grammy awards. “Luck of the Draw,” released in June of 1991, surpassed Nick’s sales and is Bonnie’s best-selling album to date. One of the songs, “Good Man, Good Woman,” a duet with Delbert McClinton, won a Grammy. She dedicated the album to Stevie Ray Vaughn, who had died the year before, as he had encouraged her to give up alcohol.
Bonnie wrote three of the songs and co-wrote one of others of the 12 tracks. There were two singles released from it, “Something to Talk About” (written by Shirley Elkhard) and “I Can’t Make you Love Me” (written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin.) There is a virtual who’s who of musicians that play on the album, including: John Hiatt, Richard Thompson, Ivan Neville, Bruce Hornsby, Don Was, Tower of Power Horns, and Kris Kristofferson. I would encourage you to go to wikipedia to check out the many more listed.
Something to Talk About
Good Man, Good Woman
I Can’t Make you Love Me
Tangled and Dark
Come to Me
One Part Be My Lover
Not the Only One
Papa Come Quickly (Jody and Chico)
Luck Of The Draw
All At Once
I won’t go through the playlist song by song but am choosing three favorites from it: