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RAMBLIN’ MAN: After 30 years on the road, Ray Bonneville has lots of stories and he’ll tell some of ‘em, Feb. 11.
Saturday February 11, 2023 08:00 PM EST
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: Journeyman singer/songwriter Bonneville has been around. Born in Quebec, the Vietnam War vet lived in Boston, Colorado, Alaska, and Paris, picking up many musical influences along the way. But it was a six year stay in New Orleans that most impacted his darker, swamp-infused songs and approach. Not surprisingly, he has plenty of stories to tell since turning professional in 1992, and the combination of those tales with his often laconic, groove-laced music will make for an enthralling evening. — HH
From the venue:Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, 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.
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