For decades, Bonnie Raitt has mixed her passion for music with philanthropy and activism. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend is continuing the tour for her 2016 release Dig In Deep with dates Friday at the MACC and Saturday at the Blaisdell Concert Hall before heading... deeper... into the Asia Pacific. She explored how her family musical and Quaker roots have influenced a lifetime of music and giving back with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.
In this very special conversation, the first-time HPR ATC guest discussed her background in detail, including how her family commitment to Quaker values shaped decades of philanthropic efforts, and the ways her parents' background in performing inspired her own musical career. She explained how she utilizes her concert tickets to support nonprofits, and shared information about her partnership with the Aria Foundation. She also discussed the fertile scene of performance and activism she found in the Boston area when in college there. Among the laundry list of benefit projects found on her resume, she shed light on a recent visit to support Native Americans at Standing Rock, as well as her role in Hawaii benefit concerts following the devastation of Hurricane Iniki, and at the No Nukes shows at Madison Square Garden in 1979. Having performed as a guest with a stunning list of fellow artists, she explored critical musical experiences, too, with luminaries like Ray Charles, Jackson Browne and others.
Hear the complete interview:
Hear Bonnie recorded live earlier on this tour:
Hear music from her latest album Dig In Deep:
Watch Bonnie perform live in 2016 for a public radio station in Philadelphia: