RAY BONNEVILLE DUO with RICHIE LAWRENCE
"Original Americana & Blues"
Ray Bonneville - guitar/ harmonica/ vocals
Richie Lawrence - accordion/ piano
Album release party in support of "At King Electric"
Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.
It took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.
He’s since earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.
Richie Lawrence is a longtime fixture on the California roots music scene in the Loose Acoutic Trio, I See Hawks In LA and his own band currently The Yolos. His musical backdrop creates the foundation for the varied genres that weave through his songs - styles absorbed, refashioned and born anew.
Richie got deep into the blues and roots music, self-taught from vinyl, absorbing the styles of Professor Longhair, Otis Spann, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Garth Hudson.
Date & Time
January 18, 2019
8:00PM - 10:00PM