Just Announced: James Taylor and his All-Star Band headed to Wells Fargo Center with Bonnie Raitt in July

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James Taylor | Photo by Kate McCann |

Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor and his aptly named backing All-Star Band recently announced his plans for a 13-date US tour to take place this summer with Bonnie Raitt coming along to support. The mostly-east coast dwelling tour kicks off in Jersey on July 6th, only to bless the Wells Fargo Center on July 9th. Releasing his latest album Before This World in 2015, Taylor’s massive hits “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Fire & Rain” keep his die-hards coming back for more, and this tour should be jammed-packed with them.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weaves / Cayetana at PhilaMOCA, Bonnie Raitt at The Mann, Flightschool at The Foundry and more

Weaves | photo via NPR Music

High-energy Toronto indie rock four piece Weaves wrap up their summer tour with Philly punk favorites Cayetana tonight at PhilaMOCA. Weaves self-titled LP came out earlier this year, while Cayetana is working on the followup to its 2014 debut Nervous Like Me. Find tickets and more information for the all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to Weaves’ recent feature on World Cafe, and watch Cayetana performing “Madame B” during their 2015 Cafe session. Continue reading →


Watch Bonnie Raitt and Amos Lee perform “Angel From Montgomery”

Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |
Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |

This past May, legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Bonnie Raitt appeared at WXPN’s Non-Commvention. Performing material from her recent album, Dig In Deep, Raitt also performed a few classics from her back catalogue.

At the end of her set, Bonnie invited Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee out to duet on John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” a song that Raitt originally recorded with Prine on her 1974 album, Streetlights. Not having any time to rehearse, Lee played the part perfectly, and it was a highlight of Raitt’s set. Continue reading →


NonCOMM Recap: Humble rebel and rock legend Bonnie Raitt showcases her versatility


Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |
Bonnie Raitt | Photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN |

There’s no question Bonnie Raitt is a legend. But tonight at NonCOMM, she took a humble approach and credited the noncommercial radio programmers in the house with supporting artists and going beyond the surface. Before playing “Love Sneakin’ Up On You,” Raitt thanked the crowd for their appreciation of more than just singles. She said it’s the deep album cuts that can be heard on noncommercial radio that let musicians such as her continue with their craft.

With or without radio, Bonnie Raitt has pure talent and knows how to entertain. Her rebel nature came out between “Used To Rule The World” and “The Comin’ Round Is Going Through” (a song from her 2016 album Dig In Deep), as she explained how we are in an “auction year” instead of an election year. Her versatility was put on display when she toned it down on “Undone.” Continue reading →


In The Nick Of Time: Bonnie Raitt to perform at The Mann in August

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Bonnie Raitt | Photo courtesy of the artist

This Just In: singer-songwriter legend Bonnie Raitt has just announced a tour that includes a stop at The Mann Center on Saturday, August 26th.

Raitt will be touring for her most recent album Dig In Deep which was released on February 26th. Raitt will likely be playing a mix of timeless classics and new songs, such as XPN favorite, “Gypsy In Me.” Continue reading →


MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: “Buy This Fracking Album!” w/ Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls & Steve Earle, and Ex-Nirvana member joins Modest Mouse on next album.


Two dozen artists including Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti have contributed songs to a two-disc compilation intended to educate listeners about the controversial method of “hydro-fracking:” The contentious process of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. Continue reading →


Listen to Peter Matthew Bauer cover Bonnie Raitt on XPN’s Like A Version segment

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In advance of his debut solo LP Liberation!, Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen appeared on WXPN’s “Like A Version” cover song segment with afternoon host Dan Reed. With three singers delivering backup harmonies – his wife Marisa Brown, Emily Ounsworth and Jess Conda – Bauer covered “Your Sweet and Shiny Eyes,” a country-infused song performed by Bonnie Raitt on her 1975 album Home Plate. Bauer and Reed also chatted about the song, about touring and recording. Listen to the cover (and interview) below, and catch Bauer when he and his band return from tour to play a homecoming album release show at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, June 24th; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.