4 Mar 05
35 years after touring the country with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Bonnie Bramlett, makes a rare visit to England this April, to take part in a special event at The Barbican and to perform a couple of her own shows in London and Birmingham.
After some quiet years that included spells of acting, Bonnie has been touring with renewed vigour in the States and is looking forward to causing a bit of excitement over here once again with her own passionate blend of gospel, soul and rhythm and blues.
On Saturday, 9 April, Bonnie appears with Mavis Staples, Tony Joe White and a bunch of other fine Muscle Shoals musicians at a special showcase for Casual Recordâ€™s “Testifying” album, as part of The Barbicanâ€™s It Came From Memphis season (see http://www.barbican.org.uk/contemporary/3-25apr05.htm). Bonnie contributed “Whereâ€™s Eddie” to that album, as a tribute to singer, songwriter and guitarist Eddie Hinton.
Bonnie then moves on to Birmingham (scroll down to Monday, 11 April on http://www.worldunlimited.freeuk.com/marchapril.htm) before returning to London and a last date at Cargo on Tuesday, 12 April (see www.casuallondon.com). These small, hastily arranged shows offer the prospect of a memorable experience to those that find out before, rather than after the event.
“A Tribute To Robert Johnson” was one of the songs included in Delaney & Bonnieâ€™s live recording with George Harrison, Dave Mason, Eric and the (embryonic) Dominos in 1969. Thirty-five years later, in the year of Ericâ€™s own tribute to Mr Johnson, it was Eric and Bonnieâ€™s “Let It Rain”, that made a welcome return as the opening number of ECâ€™s set each night.
For news of Bonnieâ€™s other exploits, see: www.bonniebramlett.com