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Throwback Thursday: Bonnie Raitt, Ron Wood & Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker

pastemagazine.comEvery Thursday, we dig through the Paste Cloud archives to revisit some of our favorite old concert videos and audio. This week, we’ve got material from Bonnie Raitt, Ron Wood & Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.

One of many great pioneers who oversaw the creation of the Americana/alt-country genre, Bonnie Raitt is one of traditional American music’s great treasures. This performance, from November 26th, 1989 at the Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland, CA, shows Raitt at a time period when this type of music was thriving. Americana was enjoying a bit of a renaissance, with Uncle Tupelo on the verge of releasing their debut album. In the next few years, acts like The Bottle Rockets, Blue Mountain and Whiskeytown would be formed and create a new sub-genre of country-rock music. Raitt, however, was a veteran of this hybrid genre, and this performance feels fluent without being too glib.

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