Ray Bonneville (from the album At King Electric available on Stonefly Records)
Like the mighty Mississippi River, the flowing groove in the guitar work of Ray Bonneville is a continual motion machine. The river finds its home in the Mississippi Delta and that is the spot that Ray Bonneville uses as a beginning source for his music. The tracks collected on At King Electric are steeped and brewed in the Blues, the playing of Ray Bonneville finding new paths for the course of the music. Ray picks out notes to pack in the suitcase under the bed as he patiently plans an exit into approaching dark with “Waiting on the Night”. Rhythm is guided by the percussive pull in “Forever Gone” and a bounce in the beat predicts “It’ll Make a Hole in You”. At King Electric percolates and simmers Blues stirred by the playing of Ray Bonneville.
Born in Quebec, Ray Bonneville moved to Boston, Massachusetts at age twelve, learning English as he picked up playing on the guitar and piano. Ray traveled with military service in Viet Nam, earning a pilot license in Colorado, changing addresses between Seattle, Alaska, and Paris before making a home in New Orleans, Louisiana. The music of the Crescent City became part of Ray Bonneville’s DNA and after twenty years as a sideman, he began to write his own songs, releasing his first album in 1992. The characters in At King Electric wrestle with their own Blues-born problems in “Next Card to Fall” and “Codeine” while Ray Bonneville shakes out a second line sound as he joins the street parade in “Papachulalay”, cruises on a low rumble down “Riverside Drive”, turns a slowly revolving percussion wheel to define his steps heading into “South of the Blues”, and celebrates “The Day They Let Me Out” on hot breaths of rhythmic beats.
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