Ask Ray Bonneville what he’ll be doing in 2016, he’ll tell you that he will be taking The Ray Bonneville Band on the road, satisfying his long desire to stoke the fire he started in the 1970s with the Ray Bonneville Blues Band. After road dogging mostly solo for many decades, he will be working with longtime friends and collaborators, Sacramento based, keyboards and accordion man Richie Lawrence, and Halifax, NS based, drums and percussion wizard Geoff Arsenault.
After playing in the Ray Bonneville Blues Band, Ray and Richie lost sight of one another until a few years ago when they effortlessly resumed their musical connection. Ray and Geoff have toured together off and on for some twenty five years and Geoff has played on three of Ray’s recordings for the Red House Records label. There is an obvious and undeniably deep connection in the personal and musical souls of these three men. They know one another and feel the same love for a story told on the darkly lit avenue of a hypnotic and soulful groove.
Ray gets a thrill knowing that he will be free to stand up, strap on his Gibson and harmonica rack, and swing with this extra fine band. Ray’s thumb, Geoff’s kick drum, and Richie’s left hand will be their invisible, yet very real bass player, as these three salts lay down a lean, grainy, black and white film kind of bluesy sound that will take audiences down some wonderful and unknown roads.