James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt return to Lincoln Wednesday, this time playing together at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Taylor, the '70’s “Fire & Rain” singer-songwriter, drew more than 10,000 people to the arena in June 2014 while Raitt had about 3,500 at Pinewood Bowl in 2016 for an evening of her blend of blues, rock and R&B.

The History

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Taylor is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, ranking No. 64 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of “The Immortals: The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

Taylor has won five Grammy Awards, sold more than 100 million copies of the 16 studio albums he's released since 1968 and had a handful of top-10 hits in the '70s — “Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Mockingbird” with his then-wife Carly Simon, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “Handy Man.”

Raitt has won 10 Grammy Awards, most recently for Best Americana Album for her 2013 release “Slipstream." Also a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, she was ranked No. 5 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and No. 89 on the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Raitt released her self-titled debut in 1971 and delivered a strong set of albums in her distinctive roots style over the next two decades to critical — if not popular — acclaim.

Raitt’s popular breakthrough came in the late '80s and continued through the '90s, when she sold more than 15 million albums, powered by hits such as “Thing Called Love,” “Something to Talk About” and “Love Sneakin’ Up on You.”

The Show

Taylor and Raitt, who are old friends, toured together in 2018 to rave reviews, including one from arena manager Tom Lorenz.

“Their music really complements each other,” Lorenz said. “I saw the two of them at Wrigley (Chicago’s Wrigley Field) last year. They were great.”

Wednesday’s concert is the seventh show on the duo’s 2019 tour that began Feb. 5 in Cincinnati.

As has been the case since they began touring together, Raitt will open the evening with about an hourlong set that includes her biggest hits, songs from her latest album 2016’s “Dig In Deep” and a blues cover.

Taylor follows with a 20-song set, primarily comprised of his hits with some deep tracks and a cover or two thrown in.


Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $69 and $103. Tickets are available at the arena box office, ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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