Singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt brings her distinctive blues style/-rock ballad repertoire to Salt Lake City Saturday to benefit KRCL radio.
Though Raitt will be without her band, she will be accompanied by her longtime guitarist friend Johnny Lee Schell. Ed Pratt will provide opening act entertainment for the 8 p.m. Kingsbury Hall show.The low-overhead performance is appropriate, given the nature of Raitt's soon-to-be-released album, "Nick of Time." The new record, due to be released March 15 on Capitol Records, is characterized by "stripped-down production" and "back to the roots " style, she says.
Guests on the LP include the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Herbie Hancock, David Crosby and Graham Nash. Don Was of "Was (Not Was)" produced the album.
This record is "less rock, more folk, rhythm and blues, and more ballad oriented," according to Raitt's manager Jeff Hersh. That should delight fans of Raitt's earlier albums, which celebrated ballads and blues.
Salt Lake promoter Scott Arnold says he expects Raitt to provide fans with a traditional sampling from her past nine albums as well as a few surprises.
Tickets for reserved seats are available for $12.50 at Kingsbury Hall, Cosmic Airplane, Smokey's Records and all Smith'sTix outlets.