Ray Bonneville Gust Of Wind

There are a number of Canadian musicians eking out a quiet living in relative obscurity who deserve much more for their pains. Ray Bonneville is a good example. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Bonneville has released a number of albums to nobody’s particular attention. And each one has been better than the last. A recent move to Nashville has prompted this release and deserved praise is well in order. Bonneville sounds not unlike mid-era, pre-VH-1 Eric Clapton, at a time when he was content to lay off the extended solos and mimic J.J. Cale's brand of laid-back blues. Bonneville adds in elements of country and roots rock, teaming up with players like Tim O’Brien, Richard Bell and unsung Canadian hero, Colin Linden (who also produces). The title track, with its Stones-like feel, is a lesson in studied restraint with its warm groove and gentle kick. Likewise, "Oh It's You" has an understated charm with a delivery that recalls Mink DeVille. "Canary Yellow Car", duetted with Tim O'Brien on mandolin, is simply a treat. Bonneville’s style is all his own — his obvious comfort level with his relative obscurity translates into music he makes for his own pleasure. (Stony Plain)