Bonnie Raitt Returns To Studio, Releases Live DVD

Blues singer/guitarist at work on 16th album, Silver Lining; 1995 all-star concert film, 'Road Tested,' due October 23.

Bonnie Raitt’s career has been on the ascent ever since 1989, when the nine-time Grammy winner released the widely acclaimed Nick of Time. So it’s unclear what dark clouds may have inspired her to title her 16th album Silver Lining, although it’s certainly appropriate for these darkened times.

Raitt is at work on the disc with the production team of Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom, who co-produced Raitt’s 1998 Fundamental, as well as records by Crowded House, Ron Sexsmith and others. She plans to release the album early next year.

On October 23, Raitt will release her 1995 all-star concert film “Road Tested” on DVD. The show — recorded at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, while Raitt was touring for her 1994 album, Longing in Their Hearts — featured guest performances by Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Kim Wilson, Ruth Brown and Charles Brown.

Highlights include Raitt and Browne dueting on “My Opening Farewell,” Hornsby sitting in on piano for “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Adams kicking out the jams with Raitt on “Rock Steady,” the single he wrote for the event.

“Road Tested” was a PBS special shortly after it was shot. The performance was also released as a 22-song double-CD.