After graduating in 1966, Browne joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing at the Golden Bear (Huntington Beach, California) where they opened for The Lovin' Spoonful.
The band later recorded a number of Browne's songs, including "These Days", "Holding", and "Shadow Dream Song".
"I'd been meaning to go through these for years and figure out whether to give them to charity, or what," she says.
"But then I moved away and my family got sick." Raitt is referring to a painful time that began with the deaths of her parents (she lost her mother in 2004, her father a year later); in 2009, her brother died after an eight-year battle with brain cancer. "You go back and relive your relationships with those people, and when there's multiple losses and illnesses, it can be almost overwhelming." After her brother's death, Raitt, who tours year-round and plans her career in five-year stretches, told her band she was taking a year off.
"This is over 30 years of people laying guitars on us," she says.
She opens a case to reveal an acoustic Jackson Browne gave her, and another containing a guitar that belonged to songwriter Stephen Bruton, a close friend who died in 2009.
He attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California, graduating in 1966.Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded songs such as "These Days", "The Pretender", "Running on Empty", "Lawyers in Love", "Doctor My Eyes", "Take It Easy", "For a Rocker", and "Somebody's Baby".In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.His younger sister, Gracie Browne, was born a number of years later.At the age of three Browne and his family moved to his grandfather's famous house, Abbey San Encino in the Highland Park district of Los Angeles.