MUCH has happened in the years since Bonnie Raitt was in Australia.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, nine-time Grammy award winner, one of Rolling Stone magazineas 100 greatest singers of all time is 15 minutes north of San Francisco when we talk.
And while her latest album Slipstream, her 19th studio release marks seven years since we heard something new, Raitt says it was hardly time off.
aWe came out with a record in 2006 and then we toured solidly for two years,a Raitt says.
In 2009 she did a national tour co-headlining with Taj Mahal.
It wasnat until 2010 she took a real and deliberate hiatus from music.
aThatas the first time in my 40 years of touring that Iave done that,a she says. aI took that year away from thinking about any new album or benefits and guest appearances.
aI just wanted to take that time to process a lot of the family loss Iad suffered. My folks had both passed away within seven months of each other in the middle of the decade and my older brother developed a second brain tumour and I wanted to spend some time with him. He eventually passed away so I wanted to stay home and process that.a
Raitt describes the time as both necessary and very restorative.
When she came back she knew she was ready.
aEvery year brings a level of, I donat know if itas maturity but itas certainly a depth to what youare playing and the things youare singing about,a she says. …