Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bonnie Raitt Sets The Stage On Fire With A Gritty Performance of Talking Heads' Hit "Burning Down The House"

I just watched  this great clip of Bonnie Raitt performing a killer version of Talking Head's hit song "Burning Down the House." She does a really amazing job and puts her own spin on the track. I dig how she didn't try to emulate how Talking Heads did the song but brought her own soulful, bluesy style to the cut. I love the original version of the song and had heard several other covers of it, but none of them have really moved me until I heard Raitt's gritty rendition. She really made the song her own, and that's no easy task particularly for a fairly unique song like "Burning Down the House." And she blows up the stage with a badass Southern-fried slide guitar solo. When I heard that she had done a cover of the song, I thought it was an odd choice for her, because it was so different from her style, but she really nails it.

The performance was from her aptly titled live album Road Tested, released in November 1995. Surprisingly, it was her first live album after a distinguished 24-year career as a recording artist. The album is a 22-track, double-disc package from a series of recorded live performances that took place in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California in July 1995. On the album, Raitt shared the stage with several notable musicians, including Ruth Brown, Bruce Hornsby, Charles Brown, Jackson Browne and Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. A companion DVD of Road Tested was released in 2001. This clip is from the DVD.

On April 10, 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer relased her nineteenth album Slipstream. It was her first album release in seven years. She is currently on tour, and the tour will run through October of this year.

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