A group of veteran singer/songwriters, including blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt and folk-rocker
Jackson Browne, announced plans Monday (June 14) to tour the U.S. together later this
They also promised onstage collaborations as an element of each concert.
"The idea is to weave in and out of each other's solo sets and play together as a band," Raitt
said in a statement from the Kathryn Schenker Associates publicity firm in New York. Known
for her slide guitar expertise and playful, heartfelt vocals, Raitt has scored hit songs, including
"Something to Talk About" (
href="http://www.sonicnet.com/artists/clip.cgi?track=%7Eq-XXXXXX%2F0007970_0105_00_0002.ra">RealAudio excerpt), and is a
Grammy winner for her 1989 album Nick of Time.
The tour also includes pianist Bruce Hornsby, folk-rock singer Shawn Colvin and guitarist
David Lindley. No dates have been announced, but Stephanie Shepherd, a publicist at
Kathryn Schenker Associates, said the artists' managers are working to confirm dates and
venues. Shepherd said the tour would run through August and September and would roll
through major cities.
Colvin, who won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for
"Sunny Came Home" (RealAudio excerpt), said
through publicists that she was excited about the prospect of touring as part of the package.
"When I heard about this band, I couldn't wait to go see it. Then, I realized I was in it," she said.
"Now I don't know what to do except pinch myself."
Raitt, whose most recent album, Fundamental (1998), featured such songs as "Blue
for No Reason" (RealAudio excerpt), said in her
statement that the idea for the tour was born last year after she, Browne and Hornsby played
a series of relief concerts for victims of Hurricane Mitch, which ripped through Honduras this
Jackson Browne enjoyed his most successful period in the '70s and early '80s, co-writing
songs with the Eagles and earning hits of his own with "Running On Empty" and "Tender Is
the Night." Hornsby and his band, the Range, won a Grammy in 1986 for Best New Artist.
Lindley, who has worked as a session guitarist with Browne, is best known for his work with
the band El-Rayo X.