"I like the control, and this way if we're messing up, at least it's our own fault. I used to say I didn't want to talk weasel [deal with the business end]. But I'm really driving my career. It's not like someone else picks the songs or the looks," she said.
"Slipstream," which will include two Bob Dylan covers, is Raitt's first album in seven years, Parade reported Sunday.
"There's a little something for everybody," Raitt said of the album.
Raitt, who is gearing up for a tour in May, said she "loves" being on the road.
"But when I went through a lot of loss [Raitt's parents died in 2004 and 2005, and she lost a brother to a long battle with cancer], I took a hiatus. I'm just watching the pace, keeping a nice balance. If my memory serves me well, I've already made it," she said, laughing.