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Bonnie Raitt at Memphis Botanic Garden

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Bonnie Raitt's sunny take on the intersection of folk, blues, and pop has been a warm, welcoming sound for decades, from her early-'70s introduction on such underrecognized albums as Bonnie Raitt and Give It Up to her late-coming stardom during the first Bush administration via the blockbusters Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw to her return to the ranks of the underrated with 1998's overlooked Fundamental. The new Slipstream is Raitt's first album in more than half a decade, and it's a good one. She adds a reggae groove for a surprisingly bracing take on the Gerry Rafferty '70s radio-rock nugget "Right Down the Line." She covers recent Dylan twice over ("Million Miles" and "Standing in the Doorway"). And with pal Bill Frisell on board for three tunes, she puts the guitar out front. It's more good new material for an already deep catalog, which means Raitt will have plenty to draw from for two regional appearances this week. Raitt will play the Live at the Garden series at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Friday, October 5th. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. The next night, Raitt will be in Helena, Arkansas, to headline the main stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Raitt's set is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and main stage tickets for the three-day festival are $40. Chris Herrington

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