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Bonnie Raitt delivers soulful sounds at Vina Robles 

Photography by Skye Ravy.

Photography by Skye Ravy.

–Bonnie Raitt delivered soulful tunes new and old in her signature style Friday night at Vina Robles Ampitheatre.

Raitt sang classics such as, No Business, Something to Talk About, and Long, Long Time, alongside songs off of her new album, Dig in Deep, and bluegrass tunes to a packed house. The audience was all smiles, and all ages.bonnie-raitt-at-vina-robles-1

Raitt’s performance really was something to talk about; The red-haired blues woman sounded the same live Friday as she did in the recording studio over four decades ago. Her voice was unwavering and strong, filling the amphitheater beautifully, and she played various guitars skillfully and effortlessly throughout the evening.bonnie-raitt-paso-robles-vina-robles

Raitt took the opportunity to make a few political statements as well, including commentary on the upcoming presidential election, and commended the recent announcement of the closure of Diablo Power Plant.

Raitt has long been involved with the environmental movement, doing concerts around oil, nuclear power, mining, water and forest protection since the mid 70’s. She was a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) which produced the historic concerts, album and movie No Nukes. She is also fighting to preserve forests and works on issues of social justice and human rights, as well as royalty reform and music education.




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