Category Archives: Uncategorized – Bonnie Raitt remains at top of her game at NJPAC concert

11 June 2024

Written by Jay Lustig

“Oh my gosh, what would we do without soul music!” said Bonnie Raitt, before singing her own soulful “Nick of Time” at her June 5 concert at Prudential Hall at NJPAC in Newark.

Testifying to the power of music itself was a constant theme of her between-song commentary during this show. After performing John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” for instance, she remembered how Phoebe Snow used to come to her New Jersey shows and how Snow would sit in with the band and “tear the roof off of that sucker right there. We’d do a Sam & Dave song, ‘I Thank You,’ and it was just … I fell over, you know.”

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Photo by John Cavanaugh

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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

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”

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”

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”

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!

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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:

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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 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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Watch Bonnie on the Americana Music Awards on ACL!

25 November 2023

Watch the “Americana Music Awards 22nd Annual Honors” on Austin City Limits! You can stream the “Americana 22nd Annual Honors” online beginning Sunday, November 26 at 9am CT at link in bio.

Catch performances by Bonnie as well as Margo Price, The Milk Carton Kids with Noah Kahan, William Prince, S.G. Goodman, Nickel Creek, Hermanos Gutierrez, Allison Russell, The War & Treaty, Brandi Carlile and Brandy Clark and The Avett Brothers! Musical director Buddy Miller lead the Americana All-Star Band made up of Brady Blade, Catherine Popper, Fred Eltringham, Jen Gunderman, Jim Hoke, Larry Campbell and The McCrary Sisters for an unforgettable night of music and community at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium back in September.

The broadcast will premiere on PBS via your cable provider Saturday, November 25 and varies by location, so check your local listings here to see when the show airs in your city on your local PBS station. Just plug in your zip code and then search for “Americana” to pull up your local listings.

Or watch the full program at the below link (until December 24, 2023!)


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JUST ANNOUNCED! Spring 2024 U.S. Tour Dates Fan Community Pre-Sales start Tues, Oct 24th 10am local time!

23 October 2023


Bonnie Raitt is heading out on the road again with members of her longtime touring band in 2024, with 24 new concerts in the U.S. announced today including a two-night stand at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC, and debuts at Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT and The MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston, MA. 

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, and winning three GRAMMY™ Awards at the 65th Annual ceremony in February and an Americana Music Award in 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 U.S. tour scheduled to start in Spring 2024, with fall dates to be announced later. 

Raitt’s fourth headlining appearance on the award-winning and longest-running music program in television history, Austin City Limits, will be broadcast on PBS during ACL’s 49th season in the first quarter of 2024, shortly before her tour kicks off.

Special Guests to open the shows TBA. 

Tickets for the following shows will go on Fan Presale tomorrow, Tuesday October 24th at 10am local time and will go on sale to the general public this Friday, October 27th at 10am local time via

To participate in the Fan Presales and Special Benefit Seat sales, please log in or register for Bonnie’s FREE Fan Community and head to the tour page!


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 [RESCHEDULED – ON SALE NOW]

01-May    Knoxville, TN               The Tennessee Theatre

02-May    Montgomery, AL           Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

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 [RESCHEDULED – ON SALE NOW]

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 Theatre

More tour dates for 2024 still to be announced.

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Austin recap and the end of tour for 2023!

18 October 2023

That’s a wrap on the tour for 2023! Bonnie and the band finished up their 50th headlining show of 2023 with a sold out show at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre in Austin on Saturday night, followed on Sunday by a taping of the iconic Austin City Limits television series that will broadcast on PBS in the beginning of 2024 (including a special appearance by singer-songwriter, Sunny War.)

Not quite ready to leave the “Live Music Capital of the World” just yet, Bonnie made a surprise appearance at a special concert at the legendary blues club, Antone’s in Austin, Texas, Monday, October 16. The concert benefiting bassist Sarah Brown, who’s been a beloved figure in the Austin music scene and member of the venue’s house band for the past 40 years, also featured performances by Jimmie Vaughan, Marcia Ball, Sue Foley, Johnny Nicholas, Fran Christina, Rosie Flores, Larry Fulcher, the Texas Horns, Derek O’ Brien and more. (Sarah and others pictured below) The concert aimed to raise awareness of the Living Liver Donor program in an effort to help Brown, a friend of Bonnie’s for over 50 years, find a liver donor match. If you’re interested in learning more about living liver donation, please visit

Bonnie, the band, crew, all her special guests and us at BRHQ want to send a huge “THANK YOU” to the fans who brought us all so much joy and appreciation this year. We love you too! — BRHQ

LEFT – Photo by Scott Newton for ACL & Austin PBS
TOP – Photo by Daniel Cavazos/firstthreesongs
BOTTOM – Photo by Daniel Cavazos/firstthreesongs

For more information on Sarah Brown, look for her on social media or visit her page on the Caring Bridge website.

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Happy 77th Birthday, John Prine!

10 October 2023

Remembering my dear friend John Prine on what what would have been his 77th birthday. I miss him dearly as do all of his fans, family and friends in the music community. Flashing back to one of the many times we performed “Angel From Montgomery” together with a clip from an episode of Austin City Limits filmed in 2002. Happy Birthday, John! — Bonnie

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