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On the passing of Spider John Koerner

22 May 2024

I’m heartbroken at the loss of one of my dearest friends, Spider John Koerner, who passed away last Saturday at 85 in Minneapolis, surrounded by his family.   

We’ve been close friends since we met in ‘69, hung out in Cambridge in the early 70’s and in all the decades since. John, along with Snaker Dave Ray and Tony Little Sun Glover, comprised one of the greatest and most influential blues groups from the mid-Sixties. From the first time I heard their seminal ‘Blues, Rags and Hollers’ album, I’ve been completely under his spell. 

He was funny, talented, mischievous, always curious —loved life, good music, watching stars and a high time with friends. Between his incredibly unique, funky, rhythmic guitar playing and singing, his great original songs and the hilarious, long-winding stories he’d weave into his sets, there was simply no one like him. 

Through their terrific album together, ‘Running, Jumping, Standing Still,’ I met Willie Murphy, who went on to produce my first album and record one of my favorite song of John’s, “I Ain’t Blue.“

We got to enjoy a lifetime of fun, great music and meaning. John will be remembered as one of the most beloved and important revivalists of the great folk and blues song tradition. 

My deep condolences to his family and we will remember and treasure him and his wonderful music always.

— Bonnie

https://www.startribune.com/spider-john-koerner-obituary-minneapolis-minnesota-bob-dylan-ray-glover-bonnie-raitt-palmers-cancer/600366946

http://www.redhouserecords.com/artists/spider-john-koerner/

One of my faves of John’s originals, from his first album with Dave Ray and Tony Glover, 1963‘s  Blues, Rags and Hollers.
“Creepy John” https://youtu.be/C91OMLB36I8

Another great original from one of my favorite albums ever—Running, Jumping, Standing by Still, recorded with Willie Murphy and  released in 1969.
“Running Jumping Standing Still” https://youtu.be/lK8Xry9I-1k

And here’s my version of John’s beautiful “I Ain’t Blue,” from my first album 1971.  Produced by Willie Murphy 
“I Ain’t Blue” https://youtu.be/YsELUACBg8s

Photo Courtesy of Treehouse Records (top); Photo Courtesy of Red House Records (bottom)

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Bonnie joins San Clayton on “Long Distance Call” for Little Feat’s brand new album!

15 May 2024

“I’ve always loved Little Feat and this new incarnation of the band is bringing some serious heat, cred and new blood to their enduring legacy. Every Feat fan loves us some Sam. I’m so glad he’s now gotten a chance to step out front and center and put his spin on these wonderful blues songs. I loved singing ‘Long Distance Call’ with him, always one of my favorites, and Scott slayed on slide. Know you’ll enjoy hanging out with us at Sam’s Place!” — Bonnie Raitt

Hear the debut of “Long Distance Call” below and stream the full album on May 17th! https://ultimateclassicrock.com/bonnie-raitt-little-feat-long-distance-call/

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On the passing of Michael Cuscuna

30 April 2024

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Cuscuna, a longtime friend who produced my second album, Give it Up, in 1972.

He was smart, funny and brilliant — one of a kind. As well as being an independent producer, he became a legendary jazz historian and prolific archival record producer who helped reissue recordings and find never-released music for hundreds of albums at Blue Note and his own Mosaic Records from the 1970s until now. “His passion for filling in the blanks in jazz history contributed significantly to deepening the knowledge of jazz and how the genre influenced American culture.”(Washington Post)

I send my condolences to his wife Lisa, their two daughters and grandkids. He will be sorely missed.
— Bonnie

Here are links to two wonderful obituaries chronicling his extraordinary life.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/25/arts/music/michael-cuscuna-dead.html https://www.bluenote.com/spotlight/michael-cuscuna-1948-2024/

Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage for NARAS/Getty Images

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Wiser Than Me podcast interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfus!

3 April 2024

Bonnie really enjoyed speaking recently with Julia Louis-Dreyfus for an episode of her terrific podcast, Wiser Than Me. They talk about performing live, the experience of external vs. internal validation, and managing grief among many other things. Don’t miss this in-depth conversation between two smart and fascinating women! “Wiser Than Me” is available to listen to wherever you get your podcasts – http://lemonada.lnk.to/wiserthanme

Second slide photo taken backstage at The Late Show with David Letterman (April 2012.)

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Bonnie’s episode of Austin City Limits (Season 49) available now

21 February 2024

Blues, rock & soul maestro Bonnie Raitt returns to Austin City Limits for the first time in a decade performing classics and highlights from her triple Grammy-winning album ‘Just Like That…’ in an epic hour. She is joined for a special guest appearance by Nashville-based singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso Sunny War.

Available to view via PBS Passport at https://www.pbs.org/video/bonnie-raitt-ux4qzn/

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Bonnie adds Fall dates to ‘Just Like That…’ Tour 2024!

6 February 2024

CELEBRATING A HEARTY RESPONSE TO HER AWARD-WINNING ALBUM AND SOLD OUT CONCERTS, BONNIE RAITT’S ‘JUST LIKE THAT…’ TOUR EXTENDS INTO FALL 2024 WITH ADDITIONAL U.S. DATES

Bonnie Raitt is extending the ‘Just Like That…’ tour adding another 30+ dates in the U.S. to the already-robust schedule planned for the first half of 2024. Raitt and her longtime touring band will headline concerts starting in Arizona and Southern California, traveling up the West Coast and finishing up in the Pacific Northwest throughout September and October before heading to the Southeast and Florida in November to wind up the year. These dates will be supported by Special Guest James Hunter.

Many would think Raitt might be eager to rest and take some downtime after headlining 75 concerts in 2022 and another 50 in 2023 spanning the U.S., Australia, the UK, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, in addition to winning three GRAMMY® awards at the 65th Annual ceremony last February and an Americana Music Award this past September (making “Just Like That” the first composition to win Song of the Year at both ceremonies).

The fact is, though there are always healthy breaks built into each tour, after a few weeks, Bonnie is itching to get back to what she loves most— traveling and playing live. Luckily her band, crew and the fans feel the same way! To that end, we’ve just put the finishing touches on another leg of the U.S. tour with exciting stops including playing multiple nights at Humphreys in San Diego, The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA, Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, OR and the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA as well as Bonnie’s first appearance since 2006 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville!

Raitt’s fourth headlining appearance on the award-winning and longest-running music program in television history, Austin City Limits, will debut on PBS and PBS.com on February 24th during ACL’s 49th season. Special guest Sunny War joins Raitt for a unique performance in the episode.

Performing with his band, Special Guest James Hunter  known for delivering electrifying live performances with his authentic brand of rhythms and blues, will be supporting Raitt on the entire Fall tour and will also join her earlier in the year starting in Baltimore May 29th and going through June 29th in St Louis. About opening for Bonnie Raitt, Hunter says, “We’re very much looking forward to kicking off the night for the great Bonnie Raitt, so bring your dancing shoes and we’ll get you warmed up for a memorable evening of live music.”

Raitt will begin her tour in late April with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Maia Sharp returning as her Special Guest for the first 8 headlining concerts. Sharp’s latest album, Reckless Thoughts was released in August 2023 and features singles “Kind,” “Old Dreams” and “She’ll Let Herself Out.” 

Tickets for the following shows will go on Fan Presale tomorrow, Wednesday February 7th at 10am local time and will go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 9th at 10am local time via www.bonnieraitt.com.

PLEASE NOTE: The presale/onsale dates for the Mountain Winery shows in Saratoga, CA are TBA.
INDIO presale code = BRJLT2024; PORTLAND presale code = BRJLT2024 (the other shows do not require a code.)

‘JUST LIKE THAT…’ 2024 TOUR DATES

*NEW* DATES JUST ANNOUNCED
With Special Guest James Hunter

6-Sept Prescott Valley, AZ Findlay Toyota Center 

7-Sept Tucson, AZ The Linda Ronstadt Music Hall

10-Sept San Diego, CA Humphreys Concerts by the bay 

11-Sept San Diego, CA Humphreys Concerts by the bay 

13-Sept Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino  [presale code BRJLT2024]

14-Sept Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre *on sale 2/10 

17-Sept Thousand Oaks, CA Bank of America Performing Arts Center 

18-Sept Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre 

20-Sept Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery *on sale TBA 

21-Sept Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery *on sale TBA 

26-Sept Oakland, CA Fox Theater 

27-Sept Oakland, CA Fox Theater 

29-Sept Redding, CA Redding Civic Auditorium  

01-Oct Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall [presale code BRJLT2024]

02-Oct Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall [presale code BRJLT2024]

04-Oct Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre 

05-Oct Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre 

08-Oct Eugene, OR Hult Center  

06-Nov Houston, TX The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 

09-Nov Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center 

11-Nov Nashville, TN Opry House 

13-Nov Charleston, WV The Clay Center 

15-Nov Roanoke, VA Berglund Performing Arts Theatre 

16-Nov Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall 

19-Nov Durham, NC DPAC 

20-Nov Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium  

22-Nov Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre At Jacksonville Performing Arts Center 

23-Nov Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall 

25-Nov West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 

ON SALE NOW
* With Special Guest Maia Sharp
# With Special Guest James Hunter

26-Apr    Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre *

27-Apr    Wilkes Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts *

29-Apr    Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall *

01-May    Knoxville, TN The Tennessee Theatre *

02-May    Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Centre *

05-May    New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

07-May    Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium * 

09-May   North Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center *   

11-May    Athens, GA The Classic Center Theatre *

12-May    Miramar Beach, FL Brandi Carlile’s Mothership Weekend

29-May    Baltimore, MD The Lyric # 

31-May    Washington, DC Warner Theatre #

01-Jun     Washington, DC Warner Theatre #     

04-Jun     Albany, NY Palace Theatre #

05-Jun     Newark, NJ Prudential Hall @ NJPAC #

07-Jun    Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia #

08-Jun     Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre at Westbury #    

11-Jun     Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent #

12-Jun    Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium #    

14-Jun     Bridgeport, CT Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater #

15-Jun     Boston, MA The MGM Music Hall at Fenway #    

18-Jun     Hampton, NH Casino Ballroom #

19-Jun     Burlington, VT The Flynn #

21-Jun     Lewiston, NY Artpark Mainstage Theater #

22-Jun     Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre #    

25-Jun     Toledo, OH Stranahan Theater #

28-Jun     Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Theater #

29-Jun     Saint Louis, MO Stifel Opera House #

Full list of 2024 tour dates including Fan Pre-sale and Special Benefit Seat information is listed at www.bonnieraitt.com.

ABOUT JAMES HUNTER

James Hunter, crowned “The United Kingdom’s Greatest Soul Singer” by MOJO Magazine, delivers electrifying live performances with his authentic brand of rhythms and blues. He’s been recognized with a nomination for a Grammy® Award for Best Traditional Blues Album and an Americana Music Award for Best New/Emerging Artist.  Hunter and his six-piece band (with a stand-up horn section), have released six studio albums, with a seventh that’s been recorded and is on its way. The band has toured the world for decades from tiny clubs to large festivals, with Hunter also sharing the stage to support legends including Aretha Franklin, BB King, Etta James and Van Morrison.  Whether belting out up-tempo R&B or crafting candle-lit ballads, James Hunter is a must-see artist who effortlessly draws from the depths of his musical well, leaving audiences captivated and craving more.  About opening for Bonnie Raitt, Hunter says, “We’re very much looking forward to kicking off the night for the great Bonnie Raitt, so bring your dancing shoes and we’ll get you warmed up for a memorable evening of live music.”

JAMES HUNTER ON THE WEB

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

ABOUT MAIA SHARP

Maia Sharp has had her songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, The Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher, Edwin McCain, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Lizz Wright, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb, Terri Clark and many more. And through it all, Maia has continued to record her own albums including nine solo releases, one collaborative project with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock and her duo project, Roscoe & Etta (with writing/production partner Anna Schulze).  Each release has been embraced by press and radio and led to extensive touring and appearances on Mountain Stage, Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CBS Early Morning and the Today Show to name a few.  

MAIA SHARP ON THE WEB

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

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On the passing of Dick Waterman…

30 January 2024

I’m deeply sorry to mark the passing of my friend, Dick Waterman, who made such a huge impact on the lives and careers of so many great blues artists, championing them as people as much as their music, booking and managing them with great care, integrity and skill. He gave me my start as well, going on to book and represent me for 15 years. He was also a renowned photographer who published a book and his wonderful photographs of some of our most legendary roots artists… He was an incredible storyteller, popular columnist in the local Oxford (Mississippi) Eagle and packed a great deal into his 88 years. We are so sorry to lose him and I am deeply grateful for the gifts he gave me and the life he lived.  My sincere condolences go to his wife Cinda and all his family.

Dick published a book of rare photographs and personal recollections called Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive in 2003. While the book itself is out of print, you can learn more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/yduhh6sa and read an excerpt (below) from the preface I was honored to contribute.

To learn more about his life, you can check out his biography, “Dick Waterman: A Life In Blues” written by Tammy L. Turner. https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/D/Dick-Waterman

— Bonnie

From Preface: 
My friendship with Dick developed as closely as did the ones with the many blues artists we both adored. Through his connection I received the education and gift of a lifetime, hanging and learning about life and the music from all my heroes as well as being given a job I’d love for the rest of my life. Within a couple of years, I was opening for his acts and Dick went on to manage me for the next fifteen years.
  While so many mostly white, middle class Blues aficionados seem to obsess about only the actual Blues recordings, huddling around their hallowed 78s, speaking in hushed tones about this or that obscure song, the living, breathing scions of the music walk among us. Often forgotten, neglected and  long occupied in jobs other than music– farmer, porter, you name it, ..having given up on the idea of recognition of making a living in music, suddenly their lives are transformed by being ‘rediscovered’ during the heralded Folk/Blues revival of the mid-1960s. 
After starting his own management and booking agency, Avalon Productions,  Dick knew the meaning of rent money, medical bills, proper billing and payment. How to get a person from some small town in the Delta up to the big east coast cities for the gigs and back. He knew how to help these often rural, unsophisticated geniuses fare in the alien, impossibly whirlwind world of the folk/blues festival and concert circuit.
By gathering so many greats under one roof, Dick was able to collectively bargain to ensure each artist got to play the best gigs and be paid what they deserved. He steadfastly guarded every aspect of his artists’ professional life and was often the family’s solid rock during personal crises as well. 
For helping raise the quality of life for so many artists with whom he worked, for reminding the white progeny of these mighty scions wherein their debt lies, for refusing to compromise probably at the expense of his own advancement, taking the high road and loving the people as well as the music, Dick has helped shepherd the Blues to a place in history truly befitting its worth. 

For this, and for the gift that are these extraordinary images and reminiscences brought together in this book, we thank you. 
Bonnie 

Photos: Dick Waterman and Son House, 1969; Dick Waterman and Bonnie Raitt, 2006 (photographers unknown.)

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Happy Birthday to my Dad…

29 January 2024

Remembering my Dad on his birthday and wanted to share one of my favorite clips of him in his honor.
We are so lucky to have these great performances available to remember him by.
This was from when he was 65…in 1982, singing the song he made famous in his debut on Broadway, Carousel..back in 1945. So grateful to have had him in my life, all our lives… And for all the inspiration, lessons and genes too.
Love you, Dad.
Bonnie
https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=bXy55ltw1Zk

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Guacamole Fund signed poster sale

11 January 2024

Celebrating 50 years of environmental, social and cultural change! In honor of The Guacamole Fund’s 50th Anniversary Year, please visit and support their sale of historical posters (signed and unsigned) from the many concerts and events they produced with Bonnie, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Keb’ Mo’, Joan Baez, Pearl Jam and many, many others. Funds raised will support grassroots activism, with education, outreach, networking and funding, in the areas of the environment and wildlife, social change, peace with justice, sustainable energy and a non-nuclear future. Please check it out here: https://guacfund.org/historicalposters2024.html

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Bonnie to play at Brandi Carlile’s “Mothership Weekend” on May 12, 2024

5 December 2023

Spend Mother’s Day with Brandi Carlile and friends at the beach! Join Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles, Black Pumas, Nickel Creek and more for Brandi Carlile’s “Mothership Weekend” ’24, May 10-12, 2024 in Miramar Beach, FL!

Visit mothership.topeka.live to join the Presale Tuesday, December 5th through Sunday, December 10th at 6pm ET.

See you at the Beach for an unforgettable Mother’s Day!

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