It seems life just keeps getting faster although our ability to keep up does not. Sometimes it seems that everything is happening at once. Sometimes you just need to slow it all down a notch or maybe two. Maybe this will help.
Coming, Sunday, July 6, Red House recording artist, Ray Bonneville at Doverlaff House Concerts. We first discovered Ray a while after Hurricane Katrina when he released his CD Goin’ by Feel with the paean to New Orleans “I Am The Big Easy.” Also from this album the great song covered by Slaid Cleaves, Run Jolie Run which conveys the harrowing story of a young woman trying to escape a very bad man and her “little 32.”
Goin’ by Feel elicited this response from one reviewer:
With Goin’ by Feel, Bonneville’s sixth album, the singer and producer Gurf Morlix have managed to capture the sound of kudzu growing and cypress creaking. The songs here are saltwater-drenched, with an undeniable bluesy vibe that is reinforced by Bonneville’s soulful, gruff vocals and rich six-string pickin’. This is music as atmospheric as the fog on a Louisiana swamp at daybreak, and performed with a casual, laid-back style that is in no hurry towards its destination.
With his guitars, harmonica, 2 rhythmic stomp boards, Ray evoked the spirit of the Big Easy and his relationship with that complicated city. We saw him twice last year, first in a House Concert at David Peasley’s place in Lake Oswego, then again a couple of days later at the Secret Society in Portland where he appeared with the Zen Cowboy, Chuck Pyle (coming to Doverlaff House Concerts in October). We made a kind of bond with Ray that first night and we really look forward to having him here in July.
2011 brought Ray’s latest CD, Bad Man’s Blood featuring such songs as the title track and Darlin’ Put you Suitcase Down and Nightwalker. Ray develops a miles deep groove and takes you on a stark and humid trip through the characters and places that inform his unique take on life.
The Austin Chronicle describes Ray as “a bluesman mining the same vein of America’s musical underbelly as Ray Wylie Hubbard and Greg Brown, and Bad Man’s Bloodis a worthy follow-up to 2007’s award-winning Goin’ by Feel. Joined occasionally by Gurf Morlix on electric guitar and bass, Bonneville journeys through dark times with temporary moments of sunshine, all unvarnished and illuminated realistically”
No Depression Magazine says Bad Man’s Blood, “Listening to Bad Man’s Blood, I am reminded of the music of John Lee Hooker. Hooker would set up a groove with just a few notes, and he would stay on those notes for the entire song. The effect was haunting, like an incantation. It was a technique that only worked for Hooker, I thought, but its power was undeniable. Ray Bonneville has a somewhat richer musical vocabulary here, but he achieves some of the same kind of effect. Bonneville casts a spell, and he holds you for the length of the album.”
Opening for Ray will be local singer-song William (Randy) Stafford. Randy has led a very interesting, rough and tumble life and has developed a song writing and performance style all of his own. With a voice that is occasionally reminiscent of Tom Waits, in turns bombastic and humorous, insightful and ethereal, Randy’s song are sure to affect you and to stick in your mind for days after hearing them. I will try to locate some links for Randy’s music and send them in the next mailing.
We hope you can be part of this show. The show will happen Sunday, July 6 and will start at 7 pm with doors open at 6:30. As usual, we will provide snacks and refreshments for free. We will have beer and wine available and suggest a small donation for those. If you do not know, we are located at 7326 SE Woodward St. You can reach us at 503.730.3189 or at doverlaffhouseconcerts@gmail.
com or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We are suggesting a $15 donation per seat for this show. We prefer advance donations by check that can be mailed to the address above. Day of show, seats that remain will be available on a first come, first served basis for the same price. We prefer cash at the door.
This is going to be a great show. We hope to see you here for our last show of the 2012-2013 season. We will open the 2013-2014 series September 1 with Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokest, The Barn Birds.
See you on July 6. BE THERE!!!
Cheryl and Dan
Doverlaff House Concerts