With the Randall Bramblett Band, 8 p.m. Sunday, September 30, at Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., 713-772-7900 or www.arenahouston.com.
After decades as one of music's most-decorated folk/rock/blues/adult-contemporary hyphenates, Bonnie Raitt finally got to make the record she wanted to make, and certainly took advantage of the opportunity. This spring the singer-songwriter-guitarist released Slipstream, her first album both in seven years and since leaving longtime home Capitol Records, on her own Redwing Records. Raitt sounds relaxed and confident on slow-burning blues-rockers like "Ain't Gonna Let You Go" and "Split Decision," mature and melancholy on ballad "Not Cause I Wanted To" and "Standing in the Doorway," and even a little funky on the wry "Used to Rule the World." Freedom becomes her.