luck of draw

Luck of the Draw (album)

Luck of the Draw is the eleventh album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). After being nominated for Grammy awards in four different categories for the album Nick of Time, Raitt went for a creative retreat in Northern California to begin work on Luck of the Draw. "I did it on purpose to see if I could come up with anything," Raitt said in 1991. "In case I won, I wanted to make sure that I had done some writing and didn't feel that Nick of Time was a fluke. I didn't want to win just 'cause I quit drinking and spent twenty years not making any money, you know? There wasn't enough. So I basically forced myself to go to songwriting boot camp. There were three of four days when it didn't happen — but because I didn't have alcohol or unhappiness or anything to get in the way, it started to open up and I started three of the four songs of mine that are on this album. And then it didn't matter if I won or not, because I had proved to myself that it was okay."

The album surpassed Nick of Time's commercial success, selling 7 million copies and spawning a number of hit singles.

According to the liner notes, Bonnie dedicated this album to late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Bonnie Raitt; except where indicated

  1. "Something to Talk About" (Shirley Eikhard) – 3:47
  2. "Good Man, Good Woman" (Cecil Womack, Linda Womack) – 3:33
  3. "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin) – 5:33
  4. "Tangled and Dark" – 4:52
  5. "Come to Me" – 4:20
  6. "No Business" (John Hiatt) – 4:24
  7. "One Part Be My Lover" (Michael O'Keefe, Raitt) – 5:06
  8. "Not the Only One" (Paul Brady) – 5:03
  9. "Papa Come Quick (Jody and Chico)" (Richard Hirsch, Chip Taylor, Billy Vera) – 2:43
  10. "Slow Ride" (Bonnie Hayes, Larry McNally, Andre Pessis) – 3:59
  11. "Luck of the Draw" (Paul Brady) – 5:17
  12. "All at Once" – 5:03



  • Producers: Bonnie Raitt, Don Was
  • Engineer: Ed Cherney
  • Assistant engineers: Ray Blair, Dan Bosworth
  • Mixing: Ed Cherney
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Arrangers: Greg Adams, David Campbell
  • Art direction: Tommy Steele
  • Design: Jeffery Fey
  • Logo: Margo Chase
  • Lettering: Margo Chase


Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 2

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Adult Contemporary 6
1991 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1991 "I Can't Make You Love Me" The Billboard Hot 100 18
1991 "Slow Ride" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
1991 "Something to Talk About" Adult Contemporary 5
1991 "Something to Talk About" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
1991 "Something to Talk About" The Billboard Hot 100 5
1992 "Come to Me" Adult Contemporary 10
1992 "Not the Only One" Adult Contemporary 2
1992 "Not the Only One" The Billboard Hot 100 34
1993 "All at Once" Adult Contemporary 17


Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
1991 "Good Man, Good Woman" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
1991 Luck of the Draw Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
1991 "Something to Talk About" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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