Bonnie Raitt talks new album, 25 years of sobriety, Whitney Houston (Video)
Bonnie Raitt is celebrating several milestones, including a bittersweet one that brings to mind two fellow Grammy winners - Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse.
Raitt, 62, is currently promoting her 16th studio album, "Slipstream," which is her first major record in about seven years. It was released on Tuesday. She told Parade magazine she also recently marked her 25th anniversary of sobriety. The blues and rock musician has spoken openly about her drug and alcohol abuse. She began psychotherapy and joined Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 1980s.
"I thought I had to live that partying lifestyle in order to be authentic, but in fact if you keep it up too long, all you're going to be is sloppy or dead," Raitt told the magazine. "I was one of the lucky ones. Seeing Whitney Houston pass away, and Amy Winehouse - everyone smiled at her 'Rehab' song, but for me it was heartbreaking to hear her sing that because it just looked like she was on a slippery slope."
Houston died at age 48 in February. Autopsy and toxicology reports showed her death was caused by accidental drowning, spurred by cocaine use and a pre-existing heart condition. She had struggled with substance abuse for years, as did Winehouse, who in 2011 passed away at age 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning.
Raitt's previous major release was her 2005 album "Souls Alike." The singer, known for songs such as "I Can't Make You Love Me," lost her mother, Marjorie Haydock, in 2004. A year later, her father, Broadway musical star John Raitt, passed away and in 2009, Raitt's brother Steve died after battling brain cancer.
"When I went through a lot of loss, I took a hiatus," she told Parade. "I'm just watching the pace, keeping a nice balance. If my memory serves me well, I've already made it."
"Slipstream" is the first record released on Raitt's own record label, Redwing Records. Raitt told Parade: "I like the control, and this way if we're messing up, at least it's our own fault."
The record contains 12 tracks, including covers of Bob Dyland's "Million Miles" and "Standing In The Doorway" and "Right Down the Line," by Gerry Rafferty, who died in 2011. A clip for the song, Raitt's first music video in 14 years, was released last week. The singer is promoting the new album with a tour, which begins in May in Oklahoma.
Bonnie Raitt - "Slipstream" album: Track listing:1. "Used To Rule The World"
2. "Right Down The Line" (Gerry Rafferty cover)
3. "Million Miles" (Bob Dylan cover)
4. "You Can't Fail Me Now" (Loudon Wainwright III cover)
5. "Down To You"
6. "Take My Love With You"
7. "Not Cause I Wanted To"
8. "Ain't Gonna Let You Go"
9. "Marriage Made In Hollywood"
10. "Split Decision"
11. "Standing In The Doorway" (Bob Dylan cover)
12. "God Only Knows"