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In the film Road to Austin the late Stephen Bruton aimed to tell the story of how Austin became such a focal point for music in the last 200 years, culminating in a 3-hour concert on May 19, 2007 featuring over 50 artists, both local and world-renowned. Here we have an excerpt of one of the 37 unique performances that made this concert so memorable.

As if one weren’t enough, here we have two redheads that always manage to set the stage on fire, and together, Bonnie Raitt and Carolyn Wonderland give us a rip-roaring rendition of Blind Willie Johnson’s classic song, “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” The song was originally recorded by Johnson in 1927 and has been covered many times in numerous styles, including by Led Zeppelin in 1975. Perhaps the best part of this version is how Wonderland and Raitt trade guitar riffs and merge their sound flawlessly.

Carolyn Wonderland, a Texas native, delivers her impassioned and sometimes gravelly notes with a bravado that leaves little to be desired as far as leaving it all on the stage goes. Bonnie Raitt, on the other hand, whose illustrious career of more than 40 years has seen her serenade many an audience, leaves the singing to her counterpart, and works the slide guitar, much like Blind Willie Johnson did in the original. Enjoy!

 

 

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