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Ray Bonneville


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Ray Bonneville calls himself a North American. Born in Canada, he moved to the Boston area in his early teens where he started playing guitar and harmonica. His last 30 or so years have seen him seeking adventure and playing music throughout the world. Being a dual citizen allows him the freedom to live between Montreal, Canada and Austin, Texas.

Bonneville is a distinctive artist, a man who cooks up a deep groove, blending a unique percussive electric guitar style, a weathered voice, and soulful rack harmonica into image provoking songs that can be believed. His thumb pulses and thumps, his index finger hooks and brushes out a melody, and his hand slaps the guitar for a snare-like effect. He sometimes uses a slide, always plays through a Fender tube amp, and brings his foot down on an amplified piece of plywood on the floor for added percussion. It is a powerful and visceral sound with a lot of forward momentum.

“When I first heard good blues and country music I was very young, but I felt a deep stirring excitement within, which told me right then what to do with my life,” says Bonneville, remembering his introduction to roots music in the Boston area during the early to mid 1960s. Over the next decade, Bonneville honed his sound up in the Northeast, Colorado and Alaska, and then moved around between Seattle, New Orleans, and Paris, France in the 1980s. He recorded his first album, On The Main, in 1993, and now has five albums out; his sixth is on the way.


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  • sharimiki

    Where on earth is "Say those things"?? One of Ray's best - featured in a Canadian film. Film was garbage - Ray's song just great!!

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • jwcwuk

    gust of wind is the way to go, if you like the JJ feel

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • arrowe1969

    Very JJ Cale with some very nice touches in there. Great track need to hear more.

    30 Jan 2009 Reply

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