Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne Join John Edwards for Two Days of Graniteroots Campaigning

Wife Elizabeth and daughter Cate also join Edwards for 22nd trip to New Hampshire

(Manchester, NH) - Today, December 18th, Senator John Edwards returned to New Hampshire for a two-day trip with special guests Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. Edwards was also joined on the trip by his wife Elizabeth and daughter Cate. Raitt and Browne played concerts in Lebanon, Keene and Nashua before Edwards took the stage for town hall meetingsto answer questions from New Hampshire voters. Tomorrow, Raitt and Browne will perform in Portsmouth and Manchester and Edwards will hold town hall meetings in Portsmouth, Dover and Manchester.

“John Edwards is a leading voice for change in our country,” said Raitt. “He's been one of the only strong, effective advocates for ending the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home. And when he talks about creating opportunity, he isn't talking about creating opportunities for corporate CEOs to get ahead, he's talking about making sure regular, hard-working Americans have a fair chance to succeed. He is willing to fight for fairness and equality for all Americans, and for tapping the immense economic and employment opportunities of safe, renewable energy."

“I am proud to support John Edwards,” said Browne. “We need someone with vision and courage to fix the big problems facing our country. We need to end the war in Iraq and make sure every American has health care. John Edwards knows what it is to have to work hard, and he’ll stand up and fight to make sure everyone in this country has the same chances he’s had.”

Raitt is a widely-respected Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter. She has been in the music business for more than 35 years and has released 18 albums. Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1995, she initiated the Bonnie Raitt Guitar Project with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, currently running in 200 clubs around the world, to encourage underprivileged youth to play music as budgets for music instruction in the schools run dry.

Browne has been making music for more than three decades. He is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Recent humanitarian honors include the John Steinbeck Award and the World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award.

Raitt and Browne are also co-founders (along with Graham Nash and John Hall) of Musicians United For Safe Energy, whose 1979 “No-Nukes” concerts remain watershed models for grassroots activism. Currently, they are mobilizing behind, opposing federal bail-out of the nuclear industry.

Schedule for Wednesday, December 19th


Portsmouth Town Hall with John Edwards, featuring Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne

The Frank Jones Center

400 Route 1 Bypass, Portsmouth

1:05pm – Press Availability


Dover Town Hall – This event is only with Senator Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards and Cate Edwards

Macintosh College, Main Campus

23 Cataract Ave., Dover

5:20pm – Press Availability


Manchester Town Hall with John Edwards, featuring Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne

The Palace Theater

80 Hanover St., Manchester

8:05pm – Press Availability