Blues singer, musician, and songwriter Ray Bonneville
is a Juno Award winner originally from Canada. Before he reached his teens, his large family moved to the United States; a few years later, when they returned to Canada, Bonneville stayed in the States on his own. He found work as a member in different bands and as a studio musician, playing both the harmonica and guitar. When he discovered being a musician wasn't paying all of the bills, he studied flying and put in enough hours to get his pilot's license. He was influenced by and performed with great bluesmen like the legendary Muddy Waters
and Bukka White
. In 1993, Bonneville finished his debut recording On the Main. It was followed by 1997's Solid Ground
, which underscored his growing writing and playing skills. Gust of Wind
, which earned Bonneville a Juno Award for Canada's Blues Album of the Year, was released in 1999 and Rough Luck
came out in 2000. The folk-tinged Roll It Down followed three years later, while 2007's Goin' by Feel boasted a darker, smokier sound and a tribute to New Orleans in the song "I Am the Big Easy." Bonneville reunited with that album's producer, Gurf Morlix, for his next album, 2011's Bad Man's Blood.