801 North A Street Fort Smith, AR 72901
We are proud to open our season by welcoming back Ray Bonneville!
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. 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.
Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled to overcome drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, and spent time living in Alaska, Seattle, Paris, and New Orleans.
It took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to help 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.
Ray has 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 2009 Song of the Year Award from the International Folk Alliance, and in 2012 Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He’s introducing a new CD in September entitled “At King Electric”.
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Show Starts: 7:30 PM
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