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Bonnie Raitt prepares first album in 7 years

Bonnie Raitt performs during a concert in 2008. (AP-Yonhap News)
Bonnie Raitt performs during a concert in 2008. (AP-Yonhap News)
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) ― Bonnie Raitt is releasing a new album in 2012, her first in seven years.

“Slipstream,’’ out April 10, follows a long break from studio work for the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. She lost her parents, her brother and her best friend.

“I hadn’t stopped moving in a very long time, so I really wanted to take a total break and not concentrate on making a new record or what I was going to do next,’’ Raitt said. “So that was really valuable because I waited until I was really ready to come back.’’

“Slipstream’’ is the 62-year-old’s first album since 2005’s “Souls Alike’’ and will be the first release on her own record label, Redwing Records. The 12-track album will feature four songs recorded with producer Joe Henry and his musicians, which she describes as experimental. The remainder is self-produced with her touring band.

She says she’s thrilled with the resulting eclectic mix of blues, rock and soul that even includes a dash of reggae and Celtic sounds. She covers Bob Dylan’s “Million Miles’’ and “Standing in the Doorway,’’ and Loudon Wainwright III’s “You Can’t Fail Me Now’’ as well.

“It’s just a new batch of great songs,’’ Raitt said.
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