One look at blues multi-instrumentalist David Raitt’s last name will instantly indicate his pedigree: brother of bottleneck slide guitar legend Bonnie Raitt, son of Broadway actor John Raitt. Raitt played in a variety of local bands while growing up, and later accompanied his sister to New York, serving as her stand-up bass player when she began her career playing coffeehouses in 1970.
From there he moved to Mendocino, California where he quickly became involved in the local music scene, playing numerous clubs and events with a variety of area bands. Raitt was largely content to remain local, running a successful yurt-building business. www.yurtpeople.com
However, local connections with blues-rockers like Mark and Patrick Ford helped lead to a handful of recording sessions in the late ’80s. In 1994, Raitt assembled an ecological benefit album called Edge of the Forest, which featured his band the New Mendocino All-Stars, as well as his sister. Raitt’s first solo album, Take a Chance, was released in 1996. In 2000, Raitt recorded a classic-style electric blues album with childhood friend Jimmy Thackery, formerly of the Nighthawks; titled That’s It, their collaboration was released on Patrick Ford’s Blue Rock’it label.
David and his bands over the years are composed of fine singer songwriters and performers. David in most cases is the band leader, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He also plays bass, piano, flute, congas, bongos and harmonica.
David records, mixes, engineers and manufactures his own CDs and videos in collaboration with a team of engineers and video film-makers, photographers and engineers. He has his music in movies as well as soundtracks for “the wedding song” in Heartwood with Hillary Swank and Jason Robart, as well as several commercial slideshows.
Currently, David tours yearly in the spring and fall on the east coast primarily in Maine with his 4- piece Maine Line Band . He is in the Northwest , Baja California Sur, Mexico and Canada touring with the Baja Boogie Band for part of the summer. During the winter he’s in Baja with his studio and music camps.