Today our Off the Road series welcomes longtime Bonnie Raitt bassist, and sometime Maui resident James "Hutch" Hutchinson. All Things Considered Honolulu Host Dave Lawrence continues the interview series, which features hours of interviews and exclusive musical performances connecting with artists around the world during the pandemic.
Hutch has a long career that has included working with John Cipollina, the Neville Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others, through session work and live performances. Since the early 1980’s he’s been the bassist for Bonnie Raitt, and still an active contributor to other projects.
In our feature, we hear about how the pandemic impacted the tour and album plans for Bonnie Raitt, who Hutch was rehearsing with in the San Francisco Bay Area when the crisis began. He also tells some great stories of connecting to several of the music luminaries who we’ve lost to the virus: Manu Dibango, Toots Hibbert and Ellis Marsalis among them. Hutch also shared some stories connecting to both his time with the Neville Brothers and experiences working with Jerry Lee Lewis.
We’ve also posted the complete hour-long conversation which includes even more detail about some of the stories covered in the feature, and many more covering his career.
Off the Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the highlight artists we’ve welcomed so far include Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs, Soul Asylum, The Moody Blues, John McLaughlin, Deep Purple, Third World, George Benson, Heart, Joe Satriani, Jack Johnson, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.
Hear the complete interview:
See a live video of Hutch in action with Bonnie Raitt from 2019:
See Hutch live with Bonnie Raitt performing live in 2016: