America’s Blues Queen Bonnie Raitt

One of our favorite Bay Area Music people is Blues, Blues Rock, Americana Music and R&B singer/musician Bonnie Raitt. Born and raised in Southern California by her parents- father John Raitt, who was an actor in Broadway theatrical productions, and her mother Marge Goddard Raitt , who was a pianist and music teacher.

Today, Bonnie has homes in Southern California and as she describes it, “In Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge,” where she lives most of the time.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is about to release her twenty-first album of her legendary career and it’s Bonnies first new album in more than six years. “Just Like That” has just been released on all the music platforms and on CD. It will be followed closely with Bonnie’s 2022 Summer and Fall Tour that includes a date at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on September 18th. Go to for details.

Back when she was a preteenager, Bonnie received a Stella guitar as a Christmas present which was the beginning of her lifelong award-winning career that’s lasted over fifty years! Bonnie has released twenty- albums starting in 1971, (18 studio albums, 3 Live Concert albums, and three collections.) Bonnie is now releasing her brand-new album “Just Like That…” and starting on her 2022 tour at the end of April and going through November.

When BAM Magazine used to produce the Bay Area Music Awards- the Bammies, Bonnie was a regular at those year’s shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Here’s some words from Bonnie Raitt of her experiences at the Bammies.

“I was always so proud to be included in several Bammie Awards Shows over the years, both on the ballot and getting to play on the show. Long before I moved here, the Bammies were where I first got a sense of the amazing love and support within the Bay Area music community. The shows were always a blast- killer lineups, great speeches and mega hangs backstage and late into the night. I don’t know who had more fun, the audience or us! Above all, thanks to the loyal music fans who make it all possible. Let’s keep working to allow all of those involved in creating this amazing music to be able to make a living doing what they love. Rock On!”

Bonnie Raitt