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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-Bonnie Bramlett

Posted by jhochstat on April 30, 2008

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30 years ago today…

This, the first of two shows recorded at New York’s famed Bottom Line club, was presented on a tour designed to be a comeback for blue-eyed soul belter Bonnie Bramlett.

On this recording, Bonnie attempts to recapture the magic of the soul/gospel/country/blues/rock mix that she and Delaney had so carefully crafted. The material on her solo albums was never as good as what D&B had done (none of these songs made it to radio play lists), and Delaney’s ability to arrange songs is sorely missed, but she comes pretty damn close more than a couple of times, especially on the funked-out version of the Dolly Parton song “Holding On To You” and the old Delaney and Bonnie R&B rocker “Living On The Open Road.”

Regardless, Bramlett certainly proves on this recording that she was still in possession of some remarkable vocal chops. Her powerful growl surfaces more than once during this show, and her backing band is more than adequate. Among the highlights are the soulful ballad, “Don’t Know Why,” her rocked out version of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” her gospel remake of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face” and the retrospective ode “Can’t Stay With You Tonight,” written for her ex-husband. “I wrote this song,” she tells the audience, “because I fell in love with a tremendous liar. I still love him, and he’s still lying.”

Bonnie Bramlett
Bottom Line
New York, NY
Early Show


01.Introduction 5:04
02.Living On The Open Road 4:30
03.Holding On To You 4:05
04.Writing On The Wall 3:18
05.Don’t Know Why 4:23
06.Can’t Stay 5:49
07.Atlanta, Georgia 5:56
08.Can’t Find My Way Home 8:59
09.I’ve Just Seen A Face 6:57

Bonnie Bramlett – vocals
Ricky Hirsch – guitar
Allen Kaatz – guitar
Robert Wilson – bass
Rick Allen Sutherland – piano, organ
Big John Thomassie – drums
Patty Smith, Carolyn Brandt – backing vocals

jroxx note: Bonnie Bramlett was the first white Ikette before she partnered with Delaney to form Delaney & Bonnie in 1968


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