Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt
Marking the debut of her newly launched record label, Redwing Records, Slipstream is Raitt’s first full-length release in seven years. The blueswoman whetted fans’ appetites with her soulful tribute to Etta James at this year’s Grammy Awards. The new disc quenches their thirst with 12 renditions of some of her favorite tunes, including Bob Dylan’s “Million Miles.”
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Since the 19th century, the name Martin has been synonymous with beautiful high-end acoustic guitars. But Martin has also been in the business of making fine ukuleles since 1916. Thanks to the exposure by such artists as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Train’s smash hit “Hey, Soul Sister,” the mini instrument has experienced a resurgence. Get in touch with your inner Don Ho with Martin’s beautiful C1K model. martinguitar.com
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Summer tours that really matter
It’s another huge summer for concerts this year, with highlights ranging from reformed original members to solid standbys that sell out every time they tour.
One of the biggest announcements came when the Beach Boys released a series of dates that would include Brian Wilson. Just how big? The Boys haven’t toured with Wilson in more than two decades.
Another reunited band, Van Halen has hit the road (and put out a new record, Different Kind of Truth) with original frontman David Lee Roth. Though not a complete reunion — bassist Michael Anthony’s role is being filled by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son — it’s still a show worthy of high kicks and stadium sing-alongs.
Other acts touring with new material include Bob Dylan (who is working on his 35th album), Elton John, Madonna, and Radiohead.
Another hot summer tour, literally, is one featuring Diana Krall. Dubbed Summer Nights, the U.S. run is the jazz chanteuse’s first (and biggest) since 2009. The 40-city tour kicked off in March and will run through the summer. And then there’s the “Last Summer on Earth” tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker. Expect lots of extended jams when the tour rolls through amphitheaters beginning in July.
But the list of summer shows goes on — Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, Sting, Santana (who is holding court in the House of Blues Las Vegas and pleasing audiences with what is billed as An Intimate Evening with SANTANA Greatest Hits Live — Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow), Roger Waters, Chicago with the Doobie Brothers, Coldplay, and Def Leppard with Poison and Lita Ford.