2012: 15 of the Best. #14 …

December 4, 2012

14. Bonnie Raitt – Right Down the Line

From: Slipstream
Released: April 10, 2012
Label: Redwing
Buy it: Here

With due respect to Gerry Rafferty (my grandfather was a huge fan), hearing Bonnie’s cover of his tune “Right Down the Line” this year reminded me of a famous Keith Richards quote: “There’s rock, but it’s the roll that counts.” OK, so “Right Down the Line” has always been a nice enough song, but Gerry’s version never had any real groove to it. It was too stiff, sounded too “My day job is a songwriter, and this is a song as much as a job.” No real feel to it. Thirty-four years later, old blues pro Bonnie comes in as if to say “I think this is what he meant …” and voila, the feel, the groove—THE ROLL—it’s all here. Finally. This song needed it.

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