Ray Bonneville
Sun April 28, 2019 7:00 pm (Doors: 6:30 pm )
The Southgate House Revival - Revival Room
Ages 18 and Up
$12 adv/ $15 dos
Ray Bonneville
Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and
steeps it in a humid southern vibe, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling.
His ninth release, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Songs such
as “The Next Card to Fall” and “Codeine” gleam with intimate narratives of characters reaching
for hope and wrestling with despair. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but
spunky rhythms, while Bonneville’s deep, evocative voice confesses life’s harsh realities.
Jim Withers (Montreal Gazette) describes his sound as “folk-roots gumbo… a languid
Mississippi Delta groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and a propulsive harmonica
wheeze.” Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar,
Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric. Thom
Jurek (Allmusic.com) remarks, “With darkness and light fighting for dominance… he’s stripped
away every musical excess to let the songs speak for themselves.”
Often called a “song and groove man,” Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist. From
his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up
piano and guitar. Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a pilot’s license in Colorado before
living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities
with the region's culture and rhythms. And then, a close call while piloting a seaplane in the
Canadian bush proved pivotal: After two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy
rooms with blues bands, and living hard, Bonneville’s lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced
into an urge to write his own music.

Ray recorded his first album, On the Main, in 1992. He’s since released nine albums, earned
wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and
Europe. His awards include a prestigious Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, for his
1999 album, Gust of Wind. In 2012, Ray won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s
International Blues Challenge. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the
International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, placed number one on Folk Radio’s

list of most-played songs of 2008, and was recently covered by Jennifer Warnes for the BMG

Other notable artists who have recorded his songs include Ronnie Hawkins (“Foolish”) and Slaid
Cleaves (“Run Jolee Run”). Ray has shared the bill with blues heavyweights Muddy Waters,
B.B. King, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray, and has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier,
Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and other prominent musicians. He has
performed at renowned venues around the world, including South by Southwest, Folk Alliance,
and Montreal International Jazz Festival, and plays over 100 shows per year across the U.S.,
Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, he resides in Austin, Texas.