Is Bonnie Raitt a pioneer?

Gregory Johnson
Tue Apr 24 10:04:34 EDT 2007

Hey Jef,

Alice is competing in our regional IBC selection competition this year. 
Would she be considered a ringer as a solo artist? I do not believe she 
thinks so. She just wants the opportunity to possibly be exposed to a larger 
scale audience that the IBC might allow her. And she comes into the 
competition locally knowing that she has a tough challenge facing her just 
to make the finals.

Here's somebody that has seen more career comebacks than most and has an 
extensive history in folk, blues and rock. Somebody who has shared the stage 
with the likes of Fred McDowell, John Hurt, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John 
Fahey and even The Mothers of Invention.

I haven't heard the new CD yet, is it a continuation of the country flavor 
she did with the double-live disc last year? You just can't go wrong with 
Alice on anything she does. That Burnside album "Can't Find No Heaven" still 
gets a lot of play time for me.


>From: Jef Jaisun <>
>Reply-To: Jef Jaisun <>
>Subject: Re: Is Bonnie Raitt a pioneer?
>Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 17:57:42 -0700
>Nope. That honor went to Alice Stuart long before Bonnie was doing it. And 
>Alice may have been preceeded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe (not sure if she 
>ever played slide on that white Strat of hers). Did Jessie Mae Hemphill 
>ever play slide on a Strat?
>Btw, Alice has just released a brand new CD called "Freedom," produced by 
>Jim Gaines for Country con Fusion Records.

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