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Bonnie Bramlett

Sessions

Some of Bonnie's best work is scattered thinly over a wide ranging selection of albums from the last 35 years or so.

Only original recordings are included in the list below, which is arranged alphabetically, by name of the main artist(s). Subsequent compilations and reissues of the same material, e.g. "Best Of..." albums, are ignored.

Some of these tracks wouldn't be out of place on one of Bonnie's solo albums. Collect a few and you can soon

make up a very worthwhile compilation album of your own. Other songs include strong duetting, or lead vocal duties for other artists. Yet others come with a mention of Bonnie on the album credits but truth be told, you really can't tell it's Bonnie singing.

The comments below are offered primarily as an initial guide to the extent and nature of Bonnie's contribution to each album. Further information and views are most welcome!

 

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BONNIE'S CONTRIBUTION
Starlighter

ALBRECT, ROWLEY & MOORE

Starlighter

1978

 

Bonnie lends non-distinctive backing vocals on "Song Of The Starlighter" and "Carry It On" on this album of "soft string-orchestrated light-rock [and] melodic pop-edged songwriting, richly arranged around 12-string acoustic guitar, keyboards and the trio’s harmonies".

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Enlightened Rogues

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

Enlightened Rogues

1979

 

"Crazy Love" - a duet from the honourary Allman Sister.

Bonnie toured with the Brothers in 1979 and put in some powerful perforances of this song, along with others such as "Midnight Rider" and the climax to most shows, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken".

Sample the album here.

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Beacon Theatre March 16 2009

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND

Beacon Theatre
New York
March 16 2009

2009

Bonnie joined an illustrious succession of musical guests who helped the Allman Brothers Band celebrate their 40th anniversary year at the 2009 run of concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York - starting off half way through the evening of March 16 by joining Gregg Allman for an emotional duet on his slow burning, soulful classic, "Oncoming Traffic". Over thirty years earlier, Gregg had accompanied Bonnie on organ for her own recording of this song, for her "It's Time" album. Bekka then joined her mother and The Brothers on stage for "Coming Home", "Only You Know And I Know", "Come On In My Kitchen" (also with John Hammond) and "The Weight" (also with Susan Tedeschi). A truely memorable event!

Full details and purchase here.

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Anthology Vol. II

DUANE ALLMAN

Anthology Vol. II

1974

 

 

"Come On In My Kitchen" - a classic live performance by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, with Duane Allman on acoustic slide guitar. Short but, oh, so sweet.

Sample the album here.

 

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One More Try: An Anthology

GREGG ALLMAN

One More Try: An Anthology

1997

 

"Win, Lose Or Draw" - an intimate, quiet and plaintive demo from 1975.

This was one of many special treats on an outstanding, soulful collection of mainly unreleased material from brother Gregg.

 

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Let It Go

PATTERSON BARRETT

WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE...

2012

From the liner notes: "Bonnie Bramlett, one of the most soulful singers on the planet, lent her vocals to the lead-off track, "Come Back To Me" as well as the CDs' closer, "Nobody’s Fault But Your Own". Her voice is so unique and full of character - I thought I was actually in Little Feat or on tour with Delaney and friends for a moment."

The Austin Chronicle recounts the meeting with Bonnie.

Listen to the first song on Patterson's website and clips of boths at cdbaby.

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Let It Go

STEVE BASSETT

Let It Go

2009

"Alabama Mystic Soul Bubbas" David Hood, Kelvin Holly, Jimmy Johnson, Donnie Fritts, Dick Cooper, Scott Boyer, and (honourary bubba) Bonnie Bramlet turned out for a raucous Muscle Shoals rendition of "Soul Shake" - an old Delaney & Bonnie hit, chosen in memory of recently departed friend Jerry Wexler. As Steve puts it on his website, "My bubbas make my dreams come true".

Bonnie's distinctive vocal background vocals can also be heard on " People Got To Be Free" and several other tracks.

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Ambush

MARC BENNO

Ambush

1972

 

 

"Here To Stay Blues" - a great short, bluesy duet.

 

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Atlanta's Burnin' Down

DICKEY BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN

Atlanta's Burnin' Down

1978

 

"Mr. Bluesman" - a slow, melodic ballad, with Bonnie duetting in fine form.

(See Billy Ray Reynold's album below for the story on the title track of this album).

 

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Rock My Soul

ELVIN BISHOP

Rock My Soul

1972

 

 

Bonnie is credited but not distinguishable on this upbeat album.

 

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Walk On

KAREN BROOKS

Walk On

1982

 

 

"Candy Man" - backing vocals to a harmonica-rich cover of Roy Orbison's 12 bar blues.

 

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Welcome To Alabama

THE KENNETH BRIAN BAND

Welcome To Alabama

2011

 

Rousing duet on "Nothin’ You Can Do ", a song originally recorded by Dickey Betts & Great Southern. This hard edged debut album of "outlaw country music meets southern rock" was produced by Johnny Sandlin, with contributions from other southern stalwarts including David Hood and Randall Bramblett.

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No Easy Way Out

DANNY BROOKS

No Easy Way Out

2007

Backging vocals on "All God's Children" and "Where Sinners And Saints Collide" and lead and backing vocals on "No Easy Way Out" on this Southern soul and gospel album. Other stalwarts lending a hand include David Hood(bass), Bill Stewart (drums), Spooner Oldham (Wurlitzer and B3), Kelvin Holly (guitars) and Scott Boyer (guitar and vocals). Recorded at Johnny Sandlin's Duck Tape Music Studio, Decatur, AL.

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The Next Right Thing

T.GRAHAM BROWN

The Next Right Thing

2003

 

 

 Includes at least one duet, on "Use The Blues".

 

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One Particular Harbour

JIMMY BUFFETT

One Particular Harbour

1983

 

 

Background vocals on "I Used To Have Money One Time". Bonnie can be heard wailing on the fade out.

 

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Eric Clapton

ERIC CLAPTON

Eric Clapton

1970

Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, along with members of the The Crickets, provided the backing for the whole of this, Eric's first solo outing. Much criticised at the time, especially by those hankering after guitar heroics, the album stands up very well today. Delaney's influence on Eric's singing and the horn arrangements is a big plus. A strong set, performed with energy and enthusiasm.

The deluxe 2CD edition released in 2006 includes different mixes and bonus tracks, including "She Rides", the original version of "Let It Rain", which Bonnie co-wrote with Eric.

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Lee Clayton

LEE CLAYTON

Lee Clayton

1973

In the liner notes, Lee gives "special thanks to a lovely lady from New York City, Bonnie B and friends". Female backing vocals can be heard on the bluesy shuffle, "Mama, Spend The Night With Me" and on "Ladies Love Cowboys", so Bonnie could be on either... or both.

The album itself is a pleasant, easy going, coutry singer-sonwriter's affair, with a bit more grit than gloss.

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Joe Cocker!

JOE COCKER

Joe Cocker!

1969

 

Bonnie is in the small choir which adds a lot to the sound on some tracks. Dificult to identify Bonnie individually on this great team perormance.

Classic early Cocker from his Woodstock year.

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Stingray

JOE COCKER

Stingray

1976

"Worrier" - a slow, melodic duet, with Eric Clapton adding some tasteful accompaniment on guitar.

Joe was in bad shape during the most of the seventies but still managed to deliver a series of excellent albums, including this one here. Consistently working with top rate musicians, Joe's studio work was often underrated because of erratic stage performances.

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Never Let You Go

RITA COOLIDGE

Never Let You Go

1983

 

 

Backing Vocals on "Stop Wasting Your Time", "You Do It" and "You Ought To Be With Me".

 

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Inside The Fire

RITA COOLIDGE

Inside The Fire

1984

 

 

Backing vocals on "Games" and "I'm Comin' Home".

 

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Fire Me Back

RITA COOLIDGE

Fire Me Back

1990

 

 

"Fire Me Back" - backing vocals, not prominent.

 

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Love Lessons

RITA COOLIDGE

Love Lessons

1993

 

"Ain't No Reason" - a fine, rousing duet, which builds to a powerful climax and seems to prompt Rita to sing even closer to Bonnie's style than usual. Delightful.

 

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Comfort & Joy

JOHN COWAN

Comfort & Joy

2009

John Cowan's Christmas album incorporates country and other styles. "Bonnie Bramlett is someone I've listened to since I was very young, who helped form my identity as a musician and singer,'" Cowan says. "I loved rock, soul, gospel and acoustic music and that's what Delaney & Bonnie brought together so well. I was so into them. Now, to have her and her amazing daughter Bekka on record with me, that's a reward from this album that I will cherish forever. I think what they did on this album was magical." Bonnie and Bekka Bramlett each take lead lines on the final track, "Go Tell It On The Mountain".

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Sixty

JOHN COWAN

Sixty

2014

 

 

Backing vocals on a gentle song of "Happiness".

 

 

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Cowboy Reunion 2010

COWBOY

Cowboy Reunion 2010

2011

Bonnie made a special guest appearance at Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton's reunion concert with their much loved band, Cowboy, at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, Georgia, on December 17, 2010. Around 35 years after the boys provided sterling support for Bonnie's first Capricorn album, "It's Time", Bonnie returned the honours by joining the boys onstage for the slow burning title track of that album.

A recording was filmed from the audience (Youtube) and you can listen to clips and purchase a CD of the full show at Hittin' The Note.

 

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STEVE CROPPER

Night After Night

1982

 

 

Shares lead lines on "Make You Feel Love Again".

 

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Road Dogs

CHARLIE DANIELS

Road Dogs

1999

 

 

Background vocals, not prominent.

 

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How Sweet the Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats

CHARLIE DANIELS

How Sweet the Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats

2001

 

Some backing vocals on a double disc's worth of traditional songs given the CDB treament - but you'd have to guess where, as Bonnie's contribution is anonymous to the ears and the sleeeve notes don't provide any further detail. It's a missed opportunity, as Bonnie could have done so much more here.

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Deuces

CHARLIE DANIELS

Deuces

2007

 

 

A strong duet with Charlie on "Signed, Sealed, Delivered".

 

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Backstreets Of Desire

WILLIE DEVILLE

Backstreets Of Desire

1994

 

 

Bonnie (Sheridan) provides voodoo queen background vocals on "Voodoo Charm", a number that sounds not unlike a Dr. John track.... with the good Doctor himself on piano, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on guitar and Freebo on tuba.

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Midnight In Savannah

TAZ DI GREGORIO

Midnight In Savannah

2000

Background vocals on this first solo album of Southern Rock and blues from Charlie Daniels Band's long time keyboard player. Taz has recounted the story of "my friend Bonnie Bramlett, who said that if I ever did an album and I did not let her sing on it she would kick my butt...", so here we are! Charlie himself and Tommy Crain from the CDB are among a number of experienced southern musicians who lend a hand to a brother on this occassion.

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Lady Of The Stars

DONOVAN

Lady Of The Stars

1983

 

 

Background vocals on "For Every Boy There Is A Girl" alongside Lezlee Pariser", not recognisable.

 

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Lights In The World

JOE ENGLISH

Lights In The World

1980

Although for the most part not particularly prominent, Bonnie's background vocals are recognisable on some tracks on this funky, soft pop rock offering.

After playing drums for Paul McCartney's band Wings and then for the inovative Southern Rock/Jazz group Sea Level in the late 70's, Joe led his own band and contributed to recordings and performances by numerous other prominent Christian artists of the era, including Bonnie Bramlett. Joe kept everyone marching along on Bonnie's "Step By Step" album and appeared with her at the 1981 Greenbelt festival in England... along with a then little known group from Ireland, U2.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

JOE ENGLISH

The Best Is Yet To Come

1985

 

 

Bonnie is waaaaaaay in the background.

 

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Experiences

BRIAN EVANS

Experiences

1996

 

 

"Heaven's In The World" was recorded in 1989 and also appears as a bonus track on the CD "Emotional Man" (1997).

 

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Stories We Could Tell

THE EVERLY BROTHERS

Stories We Could Tell

1972

 

Backing, not prominent.

Recorded at John Sebastian's house.

 

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Forbidden Fruits And Vegetables

DANNY FLOWERS

Forbidden Fruits And Vegetables

2000

Background vocals, especially on "Tulsa Time", "Tennessee Hideaway" and "Hang Around the House and Cry". As Danny puts it in the sleeve notes, "Special thanks to... Bonnie Bramlett - I've been in the presence of greatness".

And as the Tonequest description has it, "Years ago when he was touring with Don Williams, Danny was stranded for a couple of days in a Tulsa motel room during a snowstorm, and while watching the Rockford Files, he wrote a song called "Tulsa Time" which was soon recorded by Eric Clapton. He's written a bunch of classic songs since, the boy sings his butt off and his guitar chops are reeeeeel good. "Forbidden Fruits and Vegetables" showcases Danny's rare talent with help from... James Pennebaker on guitar, Kevin McKendree on keys, Lynn Williams, drums, Stephen Mackey, bass and Bonnie Bramlett on vocals with a special appearance by Lee Roy Parnell. The guitar tones on this record are utter perfection, the songs rock (there ain't a throwaway among them), and the performances capture the very soul of American rock & roll. This CD is a treasure."

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Gettin' Back To Livin'

CHUCK FOSTER

Gettin' Back To Livin'

2011

Chuck Foster's album "Gettin' Back To Livin'" is comprised mainly of tuneful, driven, country honk... then somewhere in the middle, Bonnie comes along and takes lead vocals for the whole of the slow and earnest ballad, "Here's To You" - and to complete that line of the song, "and here's to Rock 'N' Roll".

You can try out most of the songs here.

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The Traveller

DON FRANCISCO

The Traveler

1981

Backing vocals for Christian lyrics with a rock 'n' roll sound on:

"The Lord And I Together"

"If You Ain't Gonna Sing The Gospel"

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The Eyes

TERRI GARRISON

The Eyes

2003

 

 

Bonnie joins Terri on "Wise Up Woman", a slow burning blues duet.

 

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Have Band Will Travel

GRINDERSWITCH

Have Band Will Travel

1981

Bonnie provides background vocals on "Warm Kind" and "Lady Luck".  Musicians on this album by the Georgia-based band are Austin Petty, Rick Burnett, Stephen "Steve'' Miller, Joe Dan Petty and Dru Lombar. Also featured are the Muscle Shoals Horns and Brent Rowan.

 

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Unfinished Business

GRINDERSWITCH

Unfinished Business

1994

Recorded in 1977, this was to be the follow up to "Redwing" but then came DISCO. With guest appearances by Bonnie Bramlett and The Muscle Shoals horns this album is the most Soulful of all Grinderswitch releases. It also includes the bonus track "Wheel of Fortune". (The above comment came from the old Grinderswitch store).

Bonnie joins in on "The Ward Kind" and "Lady Luck".

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Rocket 88: A Tribute To Ike Turner

MR. GROOVE BAND

Rockett 88:
Tribute To Ike Turner

2009

 



Lead vocals with Audrey Turner and Darryl Johnson on a reworked, jazzy version of "Proud Mary".

 

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Skin Deep

BUDDY GUY

Skin Deep

2008

Background vocals with daughter Bekka on the hearttfelt and melodic title track.

Bonnie, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Robert Randolph all lend Buddy a black or white hand on Buddy's return to the studio, knowing that whatever colour, such differences are only skin deep... a big theme of Bonnie's life ever since working with Ike & Tina Turner and then with Memphis' Stax label early in her career.

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Touch You

JIMMY HALL

Touch You

1980

 

 

Credited with 'sassy vocals ' on the song "Private Number".

 

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Those Dangerous Gentlemens

THE JAMES HARMAN BAND

Those Dangerous Gentlemens

1987

 

 

Shared lead vocals on the slow blues number, "I've Been Lovin' You" plus background vocals on "Find A Love" and "Won't Be Going Again".

 

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White Shoes

EMMYLOU HARRIS

White Shoes

1983

 

 

Backing vocals with Barbara Bennett on the title track and "Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down" - not readily recognisable.

 

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Levon Helm

LEVON HELM

Levon Helm

1981

 

 

Bonnie provides background vocal on this aimiable canter through a selction of rock and roll standards, R&B, country and rock songs, cut with the cream of the crop at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, AL.

 

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Allen Thompson

LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS

Forever Young

2012

Bonnie adds some lead lines and backing to a modern Euro- pop cover of "Never Ending Song Of Love". Originally written by Delaney as a skipping rope song for his daughters, the song became a big hit for Delaney & Bonnie and others too.

On the way into the recording booth, Bonnie was heard to catch the studio engineer momentarily off guard with an unexpected request of "did you bring the lyrics sheet?", before projecting her unique voice into new territory once again.

 

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Electric Rodeo

SHOOTER JENNINGS

Electric Rodeo

2006

 

 

Non-distinctive background vocals for Waylon's son's amped up country rock.

 

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Flip Flop & Fly

DOUG KERSHAW

Flip Flop Fly

1977

 

 

(Information awaited)

 

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Swamp Waters

KUNIO KISHIDA

Swamp Waters

2002

 

Bonnie contributes duet and backing vocals to just over half of the dozen tracks on Japanese virtuoso blues/rock guitarist, writer and vocalist Kunio Kishida's debut "Southern Rock" album. Produced by Johnny Sandlin. Hear clips and read Kunio's great story in the Album Notes at cdbaby.

 

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Alabama Boy

KUNIO KISHIDA

Alabama Boy

2005

Kunio's second album out of Muscle Shoals Sounds Studios, Alabama, with the help of Southern Rock stalwarts Chuck Leavell (piano), Pete Carr(guitar), Jamie Oldaker(drums), Bonnie Bramett, Scott Boyer and Carla Russell (duet vocals and backing vocals), Jerry Wasley Jr.(bass), Paul Hornsby and Bobby Whitlock(hammond B-3).

Re-released in 2011 with three bonus tracks.

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Sometime In New York City

JOHN LENNON

Sometime In New York City

1969

Bonnie is completely lost in the background on two live tracks.

The album was released with a "free" bonus disc containing a live medley of Lennon's "Cold Turkey" and Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko", from an anti-war rally at the Lyceum in London with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie and other friends.

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Dixie Chicken

LITTLE FEAT

Dixie Chicken

1973

 

 

Fine backing vocals on "Dixie Chicken" and "Fat Man In The Bathtub" for Little Feat's classic album. Bonnie Raitt is another welcome voice here too.

 

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Shake Me Up

LITTLE FEAT

Shake Me Up

1991

 

 

Trade mark backing vocals on "Clownin'"and"Things Happen". No point comparing the reformed band with Lowell George's Little Feat - just enjoy more good music.

 

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Everybreath

NILS LOFGREN

Everybreath

1993

Four songs with lead vocals - excellent!

Nils shows he can do bluesy slide with a gospel feel and turns in a soundtrack album that stands up well without the film. Bonnie is given plenty of place to shine and she... shines. The other tracks are good too but Bonnie's are:

"Tender Love" (8:40)
"No Tomorrow" (6:30)
"Tryin' Not To Fall" (4:25)
"Fallen Into His Hands" (8:45)

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Midnight in KC

LARRY VAN LOON

Midnight in KC

1999

 

 

Shared lead vocals on "Rita Don’t Live Here No More".

 

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Alone Together

DAVE MASON

Alone Together

1970

 

 

Backing vocals, not prominent.

 

 

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Trailercana
ANTSY McCLAIN AND THE TRAILER PARK TROUBADOURS

Trailercana

2007

Bonnie provides backing vocals with Lindsey Buckingham on "Joan of Arkansas" for The Trailer Park Troubadours, a "skilled assortment of musicians who play in the rootsy, rock and roll tradition of their hard-working, blue collar forefathers". On the initial 2005 (fan base) version of the album, Bonnie also sang on "Running Out of Minutes With Me" but this song, written with Bonnie in mind, lost out in the reshuffle and is now planned to appear on one of Antsy McClain's solo albums.

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Second Wind

DELBERT McCLINTON

Second Wind

1978

 

 

Backing vocals throughout another guaranteed fine album from Delbert.

 

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Jealous Kind

DELBERT McCLINTON

Jealous Kind

1980

 

 

Strong backing vocals on "Givin' It Up" and other songs.

 

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Plain From The Heart

DELBERT McCLINTON

Plain From The Heart

1980

 

 

(Information awaited)

 

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The Mighty Jeremiahs

THE MIGHTY JEREMIAHS

The Mighty Jeremiahs

2005

Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck) and Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters) started this project with guests including Bonnie Bramlett, Phil Keaggy and more. A dose of bluesy gospel, with a mix of traditional and original songs, delivered in a no nonsense manner. The mood ranges from Elmore James with attitude to delicate accoustic picking and mostly comes with a definite edge. A natural setting for Bonnie's voice on a few numbers.

See the band's website for clips of all the songs and here for some full tracks.

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Miracle Man

THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY

Miracle Man

1982

 

 

Lead vocal lines are shared between Bonnie, Maria Muldaur and the group on "The Home Of The Lord".

 

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Dancing In The Rail

FRANKIE MILLER

Dancing In The Rain

1978

 

 

Background vocals.

 

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You’re Not Alone

ESSRA MOHAWK

You’re Not Alone

2003

 

 

Bonnie joins Essra for a beautiful duet, all about living in "The Moment".

 

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Going Down: The Songs Of Don Nix

DON NIX & FRIENDS

Going Down: The Songs Of Don Nix

2002

Four songs with great lead lines by Bonnie, plus others on backing vocals.

Newly recorded but reminiscent of the best of what Don Nix got up to in the seventies, this time with support from an impressive roster of friends, including Bobby Whitlock on tasteful Hammond, Dann Pen and Steve Cropper. A love and feel for the music proves more important than tight vocal harmonies on this highly enjoyable album, which also seems to have Bonnie in her element.

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1000 Miles Of Life

JOHN OATES

1000 Miles Of Life

2008

 

 

Lead vocals on "1000 Miles Of Life" and backing vocals to daughter Bekka's lead on "Carved In Stone".

 

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Forgiveness Or Permission

OLD UNION

Forgiveness Or Permission

2003

 

 

"Last Night's Tomorrow" - strong duet with this young band of southern rockers, who became Bonnie's touring band for a while.

 

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Tell The Truth

LEE ROY PARNELL

Tell The Truth

2001

 

 

"Breaking Down Slow" - lovely duet on another very tastful album from Mr.Parnell.

 

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In Trouble Again

STEVE POULIOT

In Trouble Again

1999

 

"All Night Long" - backing vocals on this rock 'n' roller.

Listen to the track here.

 

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Party Line

POWDER BLUES

Party Line

1982

The music holds up well today - good for a drive in the car. Bonnie can be heard joining in on four songs:

"Should Be You And Me"

"Sooner or Later"
"Party Band"
"Jump Up"

All four tracks also appear on the 1983 compilation album, "Powder Blues"

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That What Is Not

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

That What Is Not

1992

 

 

Bonnie outshouts John(ny Rotton) Lyndon on "Good Things" on one of her least likely collaborations.

 

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Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes

REDBONE

Beaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes

1974

 

 

Bonnie sings alongside Merry Clayton and Clydie King.

 

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Corridos

LUKE REED

Corridos:
Story Songs Of The West

2000

 

Background vocals with daughter Beka and a few others, on material described by one reviewer as "purist country / bluegrass feel with yearning steel guitars and... fiddles".


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Whole Lot Of memories

BILLY RAY REYNOLDS

Whole Lot Of Memories

2002

"Number One Thrill" - driving, mid tempo, bluesy country duet with slide guitar accompaniment.

(The album also includes a version of "Atlanta's Burnin' Down", which Billy relates "is probably my best known tune. After going to see the movie, "Gone With The Wind", I stopped my car about three blocks from the theatre and that's where it was written").

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If You've Ever Loved

RANDY RICHARDS

If You've Ever Loved

1978

 

 

Capricorn colleagues Charlie Daniels, Chuck Leavell and Jerry Eubanks join Bonnie in helping out Randy Richards on this New York funk / soft rock album.

 

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Hearts Under Fire

DANN ROGERS

Hearts Under Fire

1978

 

 

Bonnie lends backing vocals on several tracks of a soft rock, piano laden album that might remind one of Billy Joel.

 

Listen to the full album on Soundcloud.

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Test Of Time

BEN ROMBOUTS

Test Of Time

2006

 

 

"If Wishes Were Horses" (duet) and "Company For Life" (backing vocals) on this melodic country album.

 

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What I Know

TOM RUSH

What I Know

2009

 

 

Faint harmony vocals on the short country toe tapper, "Hot Tonight". Listen to clips and download the album at Tom's website.

 

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Leon Russell

LEON RUSSELL

Leon Russell

1970

 

 

Spontaneous sounding rendition of "Give Peace A Chance", with Delaney.

 

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Rockin' Cross Country

EARL SCRUGGS REVIEW

Rockin' Cross The Country

1974

 

Bonnie's grass is blue on "My Tennessee Mountain Home", Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", "Are My Thoughts With You"and "Back Door Lover, Ain't Got No Cover".

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Anniversary Special

EARL SCRUGGS REVIEW

Anniversary Special

1975

 

Bonnie contributes both lead and backing vocals to a stomping gospel song, "Royal Majesty", and then to an upbeat version of Russell Smith's "Third Rate Romance".

 

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Anniversary Special, Vol. II

EARL SCRUGGS REVUE

Anniversary Special, Volume II

1976

 

Bonnie joins in "Harbor For My Soul".

Volumes I & II are now available on Raven ecords' "2 for 1" CD.

 

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Super Jammin'

EARL SCRUGGS REVIEW

Superjammin'

1984

 

The bluegrass master widens his horizons, with Bonnie joining on Muddy Waters' "I've Got My Mojo Working" (vocals) and a song best known by the Amazing Rhythm Aces, "Third Rate Romance" (backing vocals).

 

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When I Get My Wings

BILLY JOE SHAVER

When I Get My Wings

1976

 

Bonnie joins in with some brief wailing on "Ain't No God In Mexico". Typical BJS, typically good.

This and Billy Joe's other Capricorn album, "Gypsy Boy" (1977) were released on the single CD compilation "Honkey Tonk Heroes" (1994).

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No Secrets

CARLY SIMON

No Secrets

1972

 

 

Bonnie is almost lost in the background on "Night Owl".

 

 

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The Skeeters

THE SKEETERS

The Skeeters

2003

 

"Can't Get No Lovin" - strong vocals on this raucous country rock number.

 

 

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Southern Lights

MICHAEL BUFFALO SMITH

Southern Lights

2002

"Perhaps Smith's biggest coup... was enlisting the services of Bonnie Bramlett. In addition to providing backup vocals on several songs, the legendary singer joins Smith for a scorching duet on the torch ballad, "I Don't Want to Say Goodbye." (Russell Hall - Goldmine Magazine).

"Hooker's Boogie", a John Lee tribute groove, is another song where Bonnie can be clearly heard getting into the mood.

Listen clips and/or download at cdbaby.

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Let It Go

JOHNNY SMITH

Gentlemen X

2009

 

 

Bonnie and Bekka Bramlett lay down sympathetic backing for their talented nephew / cousin on the light and jazzy track, "Never Even Thought About It". Gentle pop and reggae are also covered on "Gentlemen X".

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The Virgin: A Dramatic Rock Opera

ADRIAN SNELL

The Virgin: A Dramatic Rock Opera

1981

 

 

Bonnie sings the part of Elizabeth in "What a Love!" (and maybe more). The album was also released as "Light of the World".

Listen to album clips here.

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The L.A. Sessions

JO-EL SONNIER & FRIENDS

The L.A. Sessions

2002

 

 

Background vocals in support of this Cajun country collection.

 

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Where's That Music Coming From

JO-EL SONNIER

Where's That Music Coming From

2011

 

 

 

Background vocals.

 

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Seven Mile Breakdown

SPOONFUL JAMES

Seven Mile Breakdown

2002

 

 

Bonnie's contribution includes background vocals on the title track and lead lines on "Too Late".

 

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Bartering

BARON STEWART

Bartering

1975

 

Bonnie joins the piano, strings and background choir for a slow ballad, "(Venice) It's Good To See You". Due to a Fleetwood Mac connection, extensive album details are logged here.

 

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Cactus And A Rose

GARY STEWART

Cactus And A Rose

1980

 

More like upbeat Southern Rock than country music this time from Gary, with fairly discreet assistance from Bonnie (background vocals on "Roarin") and members of the Allman Brothers Band. The album was released in 2000 on a single CD along with 1979's "Gary".

 

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Stlillwater

STLILWATER

I Reserve The Right

1979

 

 

Bonnie joins in on "Ain't We A Pair", a song full of wailing voices and wailing guitars.

 

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Walls Of Glass

RUSS TAFF

Walls Of Glass

1983

 

 

Bonnie joins the background vocalists on "Jeremiah" and "Just Believe". Other noteable contributors making a mark on this Christian good news album include Nathan East (funky bass) and Michael Omartian (piano, Rhodes and synthesizer).

 

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Happy To Be Alive

TALTON, STEWART & SANDLIN

Happy To Be Alive

1976

 

Backing, not prominent.

An enticing colletion of names from the Capricorn family of musicians.

 

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Chest Pains

GREG "FINGERS" TAYLOR

Chest Pains

1989

 

 

Backing vocals on "Some White People (Can Dance)", a song that echoes the feel of the New Orleans classic "Iko Iko" and which is "dedicated to all those people born with music in their hearts, and rhythm in their hips". This recording also appeared on a 1993 compilation presented by Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville Cafe Late Night Menu".

 

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Rod Taylor

ROD TAYLOR

Rod Taylor

1973

 

 

(Information awaited)

 

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Allen Thompson

ALLEN THOMPSON

Allen Thompson

2008

 

Guitarists Jimmy Nalls and Jack Pearson join Bonnie and others to lend a hand with Allen's interpretation of Americana. "Lonely Boy's Blues" is a nice slow sad song for Bonnie's lead lines. Listen to and download the album at Allen's website.

 

 

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Real Thing

HANK THOMPSON

Real Thing

1997

 

 

"Dry Bread" - a fine duet with Delaney. Surprising little fuss was made over this musical reunion and rare reminder of how well the duo musically combine. 

 

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Doris Troy

DORIS TROY

Doris Troy

1970

 

 

Backing includes Bonnie, Delaney and Eric Clapton, who plays some nice lines on this gospel tinged Apple release.

 

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Heart Jump Bouquet

JOHN TRUDELL &
JESSE ED DAVIS

Heart Jump Bouquet

1987

 

 

Backing vocals on an eclectic album of John Trudell's spoken word set to musical accompaniment that includes, as well as the headline artists, Jim Keltner on drums.

 

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Whole Lotta Blues

TROY TURNER

Whole Lotta Blues

2010

 

Backing vocals on a guitar driven cover of Don Nix' "Goin' Down", with driving guitar work from Brian May, Leslie West and Audley Reed and organ by Bobby Whitlock. Many of the contributing artists are the same as appear on Don's own 2002 album (see above).

 

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Medicine Ball Caravan

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Medicine Ball Caravan (soundtrack)

1971

 

 

"Free The People" (Delaney & Bonnie).

 

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Vanishing Point

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Vanishing Point (soundtrack)

1971

"You Got To Believe" (Delaney & Bonnie).

Loose, enthusiastic, acoustic rendition with Bonnie and Rita Coolidge backing Delaney's lead vocal. Percussion from Sam Clayton (subsequently of Little Feat) and piano from David Gates (of Bread). The film shows baby daughter Bekka also in attendance - now an established singer in her own right.

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Catch My Soul

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Catch My Soul (soundtrack)

1974

 

"Chug A Lug (The Drinking Song)".

The album also includes two tracks by Delaney Bramlett plus others by Tony Joe White, Richie Havens, Susan Tyrell and Lance le Gault.

 

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Straight Southern Rock

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Straight Southern Rock

1976

 

Three album tracks from "Lady's Choice" ("Ain't That Lovin' You Baby", "Think (About It)" and "You Send Me").

This £1 Capricorn sampler LP came out with three more tracks from Grinderswitch and a full side from the Marshall Tucker Band, to coincide with those artists' joint European tour.

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Volunteer Jam, Vol II & IV

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Volunteer Jam

III & IV

1978

 

Bonnie helps Willie Nelson and the 1977 band tear through an upbeat version of the "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and then joins members of The Marshall Tucker Band, Grinderswitch, Chuck Leavell and others for "Can't You See" at Charlie Daniels' annual Volunteer Jam. Recorded live on January 8, 1977, at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN.

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Hotels, Motels and Road Shows

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Hotels, Motels and Road Shows

1978

"Superstar" - a fine live performance from Glasgow, Scotland in 1976. Backed by Grinderswitch, who along with Bonnie were supporting The Marshall Tucker Band on a "Straight Southern Rock" tour of Europe.

In 2003, the Marshall Tucker Band suddenly released "Stompin' Room Only", a live recording taken mainly from the London and Manchester shows on this tour. Then Christmas 2009 came early (in January) when Wolfgang's Vault began streaming the full Birmingham show - all three acts! Bonnie's five songs can be heard here.

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Havana Jam

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Havana Jam

1979

 

 

A strong duet with Mike Finnegan on a slide guitar driven, rocky shuffle, "How Wrong Can You Be".

 

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Blaze

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Blaze

1990

Three excellent short tracks recorded under the name of Bonnie Sheridan for the soundtrack of this Paul Newman film. The rest of the album is good too, with an orchestra drawing on southern music as it was before rock and roll came along.

"The Next Time You See Me" (2.21)

"Jambalaya" (1.26)

"When The Saints Go Marching" (0.38) 

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Songs of Dwight Yoakim: Will Sing For Food

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Songs of Dwight Yoakim: Will Sing For Food

1998

 

 

"What I Don't Know" - great lead vocal.

 

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Love: John Lennon Forever

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Love: John Lennon Forever

1994

 

 

"Jealous Guy" - great lead vocals, gospel style.

 

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(Cover awaited)

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Wave To The World

2000

 

 

Lost in the chorus of all star country artists who made this theme song for for the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

 

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Country Praise (God Loves Country Music, No.2)

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Country Praise (God Loves Country Music
No. 2)

1982

Bonnie sings "I Keep Falling In Love With Him / His Name Is Jesus", pretty straight. Is that a slight country twang, or am I imagining it?

The 1997 2CD "God's Country Western" presents three full Maranatha albums, including this one.

The 1991 compilation "Long Play Country Gospel" presents a selection of songs from two of these three albums, including Bonnie's song.

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Great Cola Commercials 2

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Great Cola Commercials 2

1998

 

 

"Pepsi's Got A Lot To Give" one minute jingle from Delaney & Bonnie.

Listen

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Jambodians

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Jambodians

2003

Bonnie lends strong lead vocals to "Takin' Back My Name" and, "My Life Used To Be Like An Ole' Cheap Bottle Of Wine" by The Mighty Jeramiahs, a Christian-blues-rock project featuring Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters) and Jimmy Hall. Both songs and others from The Mighty Jeramiahs' album referred to above can be heard here. "Takin' Back My Name" appeared only on the "Jambodians" sampler.

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Testifying

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Testifying

2004

"Where's Eddie" - solo track, a fine slow ballad tribute to the late singer, songwriter and guitaist, Eddie Hinton.

Recorded at the beginning of 2004, this album also features strong individual solo tracks by Tony Joe White, Donnie Fritts, George Soule and Larry Jon Wilson, with support from the pick of Muscle Shoals based (or related) session players. Good songs and grooves from masters of their craft. Produced by Dan Penn.

Bonnie's website carries a short interview with Bonnie about this album and about working with Eddie Hinton.

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Mad Dogs & Okies

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Mad Dogs & Okies

2005

"Make Your Move" - a lively solo track, so good they added a "revisited" version at the end of the album!

Jamie Oldaker's imaginative selection of artists with some kind of Tulsa connection works a treat. The better known names don't dissappoint and the others pleasantly surprise. Duane Allman once said there were only two kinds of music. This comes in the "good" category.

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An All Star Tribute To Shania Twain

VARIOUS ARTISTS

An All Star Tribute To Shania Twain

2005

 

 

"Honey I'm Home" - assertive solo track.

 

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A T.Rex Named Sue

VARIOUS ARTISTS

A T.Rex Named Sue

2005

"Sue’s Chicago Blues" (Bonnie Bramlett & Joe Bonamassa) - strong bluesy solo track in the middle of an unusual but enjoyable project, with spoken links between the tracks by Al Jarreau .

The album includes a variety of musical styles in celebration of the story of Sue, the most intact Tyrannosaurus Rex ever, and her 5th birthday at The Field Museum, Chicago.

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The Guardian

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The Guardian

2006

 

Bonnie sings two newly recorded songs on this Kevin Costner movie soundtrack, "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Love & Happines".

 

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Forgotten But Not Gone

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Forgotten But Not Gone

2009

Bonnie kicks things off with “Last Night I Dreamed of New Orleans”, a lovely, lazy, swinging tale, in traditional Crescent City style.

The is album is a 100% volunteer project, with proceeds going to two home-building charities on the Gulf Coast. Bonnie is in fine company, with other tracks by daughter Bekka, Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Tony Joe White and others.

Samples and interesting album notes

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Wretches & Jabberers

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Wretches & Jabberers

2011

 

Bonnie contributes "Breakers & The Wind" to the soundtrack of this film about two autistic men, a film "about finding a voice, for those who’ve suffered so long without one of their own.” This sombre, reflective song is gently sung to the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar.

 

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Unsung Hero: A Tribute to the Music of Ron Davies

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Unsung Hero:
A Tribute to the Music of Ron Davies

2013

Following a number of other highlights, Bonnie closes out this tastefully chosen and performed collection of songs from the late Ron Davies with a warm and aching rendition of "Lay My Body Down".

Lovingly prepared by sister Gail Davies over nearly a decade, the fruits of this labour of love are finally ripe for enjoyment and appreciation. The music is as impressive as the roster of contributors, which includes Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Hall, Alison Kraus, Guy Clark and Vince Gill to mention just a few. Further enhancing the spirit of the project, proceeds are destined to benefit the musical education of underprivileged children. Check here for full details.

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Beyond The Gatehouse album cover

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Beyond The Gatehouse

2013

Bill Hullett describes his experiece of meeting Bonnie and recording with her the plaintive song "Garden Made Of Stone", for a soundtrack album from which "all proceeds will benefit the preservation of [Gettysburg's] historic Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse and beautification of the cemetery". Brian Kennell tells the story of his documentary and there are clips of all the songs, with daughter Bekka singing a couple too.

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A Sideman's Journey

VOORMANN & FRIENDS

A Sideman's Journey

2009

 

Bonnie joins a venerable collection of "5th Beatle" Klaus Voormann's friends on his first solo album, singing lead vocals on "My Sweet Lord", "So Far" and (only on the expensive CD/DVD/book package) "Mockingbird" with Don Nix.

 

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Reunion

JERRY JEFF WALKER

Reunion

1981

 

 

Bonnie provides backing vocals on "Sailing", "Maybe Mexico" and "Takin' It As It Comes" and steps a bit further forward for the rollicking "Pick Up The Tempo".

 

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Back On The Bayou Road

WALTER JR.

Back On The Bayou Road

2006

 

Backing vocals and duets on a small number of these strong Louisiana blues, grooves and funky toones, performed by some of the Muscle Shoals greats and on one track, dobro by a certain Mr. S. Landreth.

Reviews, lyrics, listen and purchase - it's all here

 

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Standing on the Word

WALTER JR.

Standing On The Word

2010

A lavishly package 15 track album of more rootsy Louisiana shaded songs with a strong spiritual message, extensivly featuring Bonnie's trademark vocals. Daughter Bekka joins in too, as well as The Allman Brothers' bass player Oteil Burbridge and long time musical colleagues Randal Bramblett and studio master Johnny Sandlin.

Reviews, lyrics, listen and purchase - it's all here

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LEON WARE

Leon Ware

1982

Background vocals, along with Rita Coolidge and a couple of others, on "Lost In Love With You" and "Words Of Love".

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Bobby Whitlock

BOBBY WHITLOCK

Bobby Whitlock

1972

 

 

Delaney & Bonnie vocals on "Country Life", "A Day Without Jesus" and "I'd Rather Live The Straight Life" for Bobby's excellent debut album that also drew on willing support from Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Klaus Voormann and other members of Derek & The Dominos and Delaney & Bonnie's band.

 

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Raw Velvet

BOBBY WHITLOCK

Raw Velvet

1972

 

 

A fine follow up album, with Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon joined by Delaney & Bonnie on backing vocals for "Hello LA, Bye Bye Birmingham".

 

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Born To Boogie

HANK WILLIAMS JNR.

Born To Boogie

1987

 

 

"Honkey Tonk Women" - strong backing vocals to a predictably upbeat cover of this Stones' song.

 

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My Temptation

VIVIENNE WILLIAMS

My Temptation

1995

 


Background vocals, not recognisable.

 

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I Should've Married My Father-In-Law

TIM WILSON

I Should've Married My Father-In-Law

2001

 

Bonnie sings on the raucus duet "High Maintenance Woman", one of only a few musical tracks on this stand up comedy album of sometimes dubious taste.

 

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A Long Way Home

DWIGHT YOAKAM

A Long Way Home

1998

 

Bonnie shares female background and harmony vocals with Beth Anderson on this pleasant, twangy offering from Dwight. Deffinitely a background support role here and not immediatey obvious when it's Bonnie or Beth joining in.

 

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Shakin' The Cage

ZOO

Shakin' The Cage

1992

 

Mick Fleetwood's side band included Delaney & Bonnie on "In Your Hands"... but sadly, you can't really tell. Daughter Bekka was Zoo's lead singer, supported by Billy Burnette (who would later play with Bekka in Fleetwood Mac and on their own album, "Bekka And Billy"). Further support and continuity from Kenny Gradney, Little Feat bassist and one time member of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

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