Bonnie in fine form

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August 27, 2012 by jacklovelace

Bonnie Raitt was in fine form Sunday at Red Rocks in Denver.

She was in command, generous, very connected to the sellout adoring crowd and her band and the sound were really strong.

Bonnie is justly proud of her new album and it dominated the set with a sprinkling of favorites.

The highlight of the night for me was John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery”. She has performed it many times but she dedicated it to lost friends, her mom and all mothers and then slowed it down to savor the incredible lyrics.

It was so powerful that when she finished and everyone stood, she laughed and said “Well, that ought to do it”.

She then finished with a couple more songs before an encore that began with “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, with the audience in the palm of her hand.

I only have small quibbles. I do think she could have thrown in a few more favorites with a couple less of the new songs. For example, the “Hollywood” song is not a keeper.

But she’s earned her choices and the new album really is filled with good songs.

The moon was showing over the rocks as Bonnie sang and played. She noticed, we noticed.

You got the feeling it was another great night at Red Rocks for the performer and her audience.

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