Le Moulin présente Ray Bonneville (raybonneville.com)
Chez Evelina: le dimanche 12 octobre à 20h/Sunday, October 12 at 8 pm
Billets/Tickets: 20$: Vous pouvez vous procurer des billets à la porte./There will be tickets available at the door.
Merci à nos commanditaires/Thank you to our sponsors: SouthWest Dental Surgeons Ltd.; Patrimoine canadien; Arts Nova Scotia
Quelques éloges de la presse/A few rave reviews about Juno Award winner Ray Bonneville
“…a songwriter in the same tradition that begat J.J. Cale: equal parts blues, rockabilly, folk, country and R&B…. a unique stylist.” –AllMusic.com
“… one of Americana’s foremost singer-songwriters.” –Austin Chronicle
“poetic…infectious…Bad Man’s Blood emerges as Bonneville’s magnum opus.” –All Music Guide
“a master of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm.” –The Ottawa Citizen
“Easy Gone (2014) is another treasure from an artist deserving of more exposure.” –Vintage Guitar
“an absolute master…one of the most skilled songwriters of that dark smoldering yet fiery blues/roots music.” –Fame
“Few can ride a groove like Canada-born, U.S. raised Ray Bonneville.” –No Depression
“I Am the Big Easy,” Ray’s tribute to post-Katrina New Orleans was Folk radio’s No. 1 song of 2008 and winner International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award. Video follows:
Un extrait de sa bio/An excerpt from his bio:
Ray Bonneville is a roaming blues poet, inspired by the road and the many other places he has called home—New Orleans, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Boston, Seattle and Paris, France. Born in Québec and raised in the United States, Bonneville has lived all over. No place, however, has been more influential than New Orleans.
In the streets and clubs of New Orleans, Bonneville soaked up the prevalent take-your-time attitude that ran through the music being played there. “There’s something about the heat and humidity that makes people slow down,” he says. “New Orleans is where I learned to take my time, to allow space between the notes so the songs could truly groove.” That groove is at the core of Bonneville’s sound. A one-man band, he backs up weathered, storytelling vocals with a highly percussive guitar style, dramatic harmonica lines and a foot that keeps the rock steady beat. The result is a big sound with an almost primitive quality.
Like the great American writers of the south and his favorite authors Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor, Bonneville is inspired by the places he has been and the unusual people he has met throughout his travels. His songs are like short stories, evoking true-to-life characters that stumble their way through a rough and tumble world of violence, hope and despair.
Honing his craft for the last 30 years, Bonneville’s gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention. In 1999, Ray won the prestigious Juno Award for his third album Gust of Wind. His fourth release, Rough Luck, was also nominated for the coveted award. With his 2004 Red House debut Roll It Down, Ray made himself a name in blues and roots music circles, garnering rave reviews from such prestigious magazines as DownBeat and No Depression. He has toured all over the world, sharing the bill with such blues legends as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, J.J. Cale and Robert Cray and in 2007 wowed the music industry with his bring-down-the-house performances at the South By Southwest and Folk Alliance conference. A world-class guitarist, harmonica player and hard-hitting songwriter, it is no wonder that Ray has received rave reviews from blues, jazz and roots critics alike.
His post-Katrina ode, “I am the Big Easy,” was folk radio’s No. 1 song of 2008 and earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award. Many of his songs are haunting and populated with society’s fringes: the desperate and dangerous, damaged and vulnerable. In 2012 he won the prestigious International Blues Challenge in the solo/duet category.