A Quaker, Raitt has played literally hundreds of benefits over the course of her career.
Prince reportedly produced an album's worth of tracks with her, but they were never released.
The words didn't go, so it forced me to write some songs that went with what my experience was, and that kind of got the wheels greased," she said. "And at the time when the relationship's not working or you're under stress, you tend to put blame not necessarily where it's really accurate - it's all about them, if only they acted different - so the reckoning that happens years later is your realize you both just did the best you could."The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, whose hits include "I Can't Make You Love Me," '' Something to Talk About" and "Love Sneakin' Up on You," said she's thrilled to be touring with the new songs.
The "Bonnie Live in 2016" tour kicked off last week and will visit New York City, Oakland, Austin and Nashville, Tennessee.
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Before her show, Raitt joked about her age, noting she needs two pairs of glasses -- one for distance and one for reading.
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She will also play international dates in the summer.
Raitt also said there was some anxiety when she began writing for her new album."It made me nervous knowing I was going to be writing more of the songs and I was saying, ' Oh my God, I know so many people out there, they're gonna say, ' This one unfortunately is not as good,'" she said.