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You can add “Merry Christmas, Baby” to your holiday playlist!

13 December 2023

With so much holiday music lifting our spirits this season, I wanted to share this version of Charles Brown and I singing his iconic “Merry Christmas, Baby” which we recorded in 1992 for the wonderful ‘A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2’ benefit compilation series for the Special Olympics. We were so honored to feature Charles on our Nick of Time national tour in 1990 and along with felllow R&B legend, Ruth Brown, our very special guests on our Roadtested national tour in l995. Charles was and will remain one of the greatest artists I’ve known, as well as a dear friend. So glad to celebrate him this Holiday with his classic song, which has brought so much joy since it was a big R&B hit for him back in 1947 (1948 and 1949!)

You can add “Merry Christmas, Baby” to all of your holiday playlists and put that good music on your “radio.” 😉 Thanks and happy holidays! — Bonnie

Charles Brown and Bonnie Raitt version (1992): 
(Apple Music)

Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers version (feat. Charles Brown) (1947):
(Apple Music)

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“Made Up Mind”, the first track from Just Like That…, is now Available!

25 February 2022

“Made Up Mind” is the first single from Bonnie Raitt’s 21st studio album, Just Like That… a great combination of soulful groove, strong melody and lyrics are highlighted by Raitt and her band’s delivery of The Bros. Landreth original. Now available on all platforms:

Just Like That… will be released on April 22nd in several physical formats, as well as standard and immersive audio streaming and high-resolution download. Pre-order and Pre-save here:

The mix of sounds and approaches on Just Like That… reveals how, 50 years after the release of her debut album, Raitt continues to personify what it means to stay creative, adventurous, and daring over the course of a life’s work. “On this record, I wanted to stretch,” she says. “I always want to find songs that excite me, and what’s different this time is that I’ve tried some styles and topics I haven’t touched on before.”

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Just Like That…Tour 2022 dates with Mavis Staples just announced!

15 February 2022

Just Like That… Bonnie is happy to announce a new set of shows for her upcoming 2022 tour featuring the one and only Mavis Staples! These dates will take place in July, August, and September and will officially go on-sale this Friday, February 18th! Exclusive fan pre-sale tickets and special benefit seats are available starting tomorrow, February 16th at 10am local time at 

As Bonnie says, “to celebrate finally being able to play live concerts again by reuniting with my dear friend and inspiration, the great Mavis Staples, is a thrill words can’t really express.” Be sure to visit for more information and to join Bonnie’s free Fan Community for exclusive offers, access, and more! 

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Rest In Peace, Donny Gerrard

6 February 2022

With deep sadness we mark the passing of Donny Gerrard, as beautiful and soulful a singer as he was a man. Our band, crew and I send our sincere condolences to his wife and family and to Mavis and her band and crew as well. We were blessed to become friends and get to hear the magic he brought every night to Mavis’ sets when we toured the U.S. together on my Slipstream Tour back in 2012-13. We will miss and remember him always. — Bonnie

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Happy 105th Birthday to Bonnie’s Dad, John Raitt!

29 January 2022

Remembering my Dad with so much love, fond memories and great admiration on what would have been his 105th birthday today. You can enjoy going through his life and career a bit on, but here is a highlight clip the team at BRHQ put together to share a bit of his magic…

Happy Birthday, Dad. Miss you every day!

Photo by Allen Beaulieu

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Billboard’s 2022 Women In Music Awards to Honor Bonnie Raitt, Doja Cat, Karol G & More

27 January 2022

By Rania Aniftos

This year’s event, hosted by Ciara, will take place March 2 at the YouTube Theater at L.A.’s Hollywood Park and for the first time ever, tickets to attend the Women in Music Awards will be available to the public. Tickets will go on sale in February.

The annual Women in Music event recognizes music’s top female artists, producers and executives for their contributions to music industry and their communities. Bonnie Raitt will receive the Icon Award, and Gabby Barrett will receive the Rising Star Award presented by Honda.

Phoebe Bridgers is 2022’s Trailblazer Award recipient, and Doja Cat will be honored with the Powerhouse Award. Karol G will receive the Rule Breaker Award, Saweetie will receive the Game Changer Award and Summer Walker gets this year’s Chartbreaker Award.

All of the aforementioned honorees will also perform at the annual ceremony. Additionally, Reservoir Media’s Founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi will receive the Executive of the Year Award.

“We are once again thrilled to recognize a diverse group of incredibly powerful women driving the music business and shaping pop culture,” said Billboard’s editorial director, Hannah Karp. “From legendary acts to those just beginning to make a name for themselves, these are all women pushing the envelope and inspiring fans around the world with their musicality, determination, attitude and style. We are thrilled to bring these influencers together for a night of incredible performances and inspiring conversation about the future of music.”

“Billboard’s Women in Music is an annual opportunity for us to celebrate undeniably influential women from across the industry,” said Julian Holguin, president of Billboard. “From Doja Cat to Karol G, Saweetie and Bonnie Raitt, we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor this diverse group of women pushing limits and breaking down boundaries with a show stopping live event, and for the first time, invite fans to join in on the celebration in-person.”

Additional honorees, including the 2022 Woman of the Year Award recipient, performers, celebrity presenters and more will be announced soon. Sponsors for the event include Honda, presenter of the Rising Star Award.   

The 2022 Women in Music Awards will stream live, with more details to be announced. For more information on Women in Music and to keep up with the latest announcements, visit, and follow along on Instagram and Twitter @billboard with the hashtag #BBWomenInMusic.


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Flashback to The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC-1976)

26 January 2022

Bonnie made her professional debut performing in and around Philadelphia in 1969 shortly after taking a break from college to explore a career in music. As a lover of folk music she heard at camp, she picked up the guitar around 9 years old to play songs by her heroes Joan Baez, Odetta and Bob Dylan. 

Always a fan of Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Motown as well, she first fell hard for the blues through The Rolling Stones and English bands who turned the world onto Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf in the mid-sixties. 

She fell under the spell of Country blues at 14 and taught herself slide and blues guitar listening to records until she had the great opportunity to befriend and learn from legendary Blues artists like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Son House and Sippie Wallace. What started out as a hobby, through a kismet of timing and opportunity, became a career.

A few of her performances were captured on TV during the 70’s, and we’re showcasing a few songs from her 1976 performance on the BBC’s iconic ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ program recorded in London.

Here are some of our favorites:
Sugar Mama (written by Glen Clark)
Stayed too Long at the Fair (written by Joel Zoss)
Write Me Few Of Your Lines/Kokomo (written by Mississippi Fred McDowell)

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Oprah Daily – What Is Your Intention for 2022?

10 January 2022

Bonnie shared her intentions for 2022 with Oprah Daily along with several other authors, musicians and actors…

Bonnie Raitt
“One of my great hopes and intentions for next year is help find a way to pull back from our toxic standoffs—each in separate corners of self-righteous and hardened surety that ‘we’re right’ and ’they’re wrong.’ No one wins when there is no mutual coming together for a bigger purpose of finding solutions and some middle ground. I’d like to support whatever efforts I can to help us find some common ground, kindness and empathy—work together and come up with solutions to our common crises. Aside from that, I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road and releasing a new album in April. I pray we can all do what it takes to stay safe and get back to enjoying all the joyful things—like live music—together.”

Nedra Glover Tawwab
“Here are my intentions for 2022.

Before answering my phone, responding to an email, or texting someone back, I am considering my capacity.
I am commemorating all of my victories.
I am acknowledging confining feelings such as jealousy, envy, and anger.
I am using my feelings as data about myself without judging them as good or bad.
I am cultivating community through healthy relationships.
I am spending more time doing nothing.
I am no longer valuing the opinion of people who cannot understand my choices.
I am making peace with the fact that my to-do list will never be done.”

Nedra Glover Tawwab is the author of the New York Times bestseller Set Boundaries, Find Peace and accompanying workbook. She is a licensed therapist who doles out advice and insights to her 1.3 million followers.

Kate Spencer
“In 2022 my intention is to ‘shut out the noise.’ I’m putting in my emotional earplugs and blocking out my own inner critic, as well as trying to physically and mentally slow down and limit outside distractions like social media. I’m ready to sit in the quiet for a bit.”

Kate Spencer is the cohost of the podcast Forever35 and the author of the upcoming novel In a New York Minute.


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