Bonnie Raitt Says She's Still Heartbroken Over the Death of Her Friend John Prine

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt said that she was still heartbroken over the loss of iconic singer-songwriter John Prine, who died following complications from COVID-19.

The singer-guitarist posted the video on Friday that was shared to Billboard with a performance of the Karla Bonoff-penned song "Home," which Raitt had previously recorded for her 1977 album Sweet Forgiveness. Shededicated the performance to Prine.

"I'm still so heartbroken over the loss of John Prine, and I know you are too," she said, assuring her fans that she was keeping them in her thoughts. "I wanted to reach out and send my love, and wish you all the best, and tell you all I'm thinking about you."

Raitt also spoke about some of the ways she's been keeping occupied, despite the less than favorable circumstances amid the pandemic. "Finding surprising blessings in having more time to just lay around and read and cook and do all those things I always wished I could do if I had more time," she said. "Of course, the reason why we're doing this is heartbreaking and I'm hoping that we're going to be coming out of this with lessons learned and appreciating what we have."

Even though she's been taking advantage of the self-isolation, Raitt said that she was keeping her less fortunate fans in her thoughts. "For those people that aren't as blessed to have a secure and safe home and adequate medical care and are worried about their economic future and going through health crises, my heart is going out to you," she said, before dedicating the track to that "Angel from Montgomery."

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Bonnie Raitt and John Prine perform onstage during the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Terry Wyatt/Getty

Prine's death shook the music world, with many musicians paying tribute to the late country-folk singer. Jason Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires, both country musicians, paid tribute to Prine by performing a set of three of his songs ("Angel From Montgomery", "Clocks and Spoons" and "Illegal Smile") during Shires' "I So Lounging" live stream series, where she performs for fans with her band and sometimes Isbell.

Music outlet Consequence of Sound hosted a benefit live stream on their Instagram, featuring a number of performers who were influenced by Prine to cover his songs, titled "Angel from Maywood: A Tribute to John Prine." Viewers are encouraged to donate to Nashville Rescue Mission, Room in the Inn, and Thistle Farms. The virtual tribute features performances by Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Warren Haynes, Sarah Jarosz, and members of the Mountain Goats, Shinedown, Lake Street Drive, The Decemberists, and more.