An elder statesman of music in Edmonton, Lionel Rault has over 50 years as a professional musician under his belt. His stories from the stage include a long list of professionals. Eric Bibb, David Francey, John Lee Hooker, The Pointer Sisters and many more have harmonized with Lionel over the years.
He has played and produced everything from pop to jazz to country to reggae. There's very little in the music world he hasn't explored -- his interests include gospel, blues, new wave, afro-beat, electronic and bluegrass.
Music permeates his life, even his family’s -- his children are now professional musicians. “Through them and their ever-expanding worldwide group of friends and colleagues, I’m able to stay abreast of the evolution of music in the 21st century,” Lionel says.
As a host, Lionel is known for his impressive breadth of knowledge. Beyond music, he's always keen to delve into art, philosophy and history.
“I draw my inspiration from books, movies, live performances and especially, personal interaction with other musicians and artists of all kinds,” he says.
He’s released five independent albums since 1980: Killin’ Time, Been So Long, No Tell Hotel, Lionel Rault, and The Further Adventures of…
Beyond his solo work, he often plays in folk-roots-blues band The Rault Brothers, with his sibling Ron.
Since his start with CKUA in 1996, he has hosted The R&B Revue, Nine to Noon, The Afternoon Edition, Something Else and Lionel’s Vinyls.
Lionel’s Vinyls is an upbeat, at times irreverent, and revisionist look back at the Vinyl Era. Lionel Rault is your guide to a magical musical mystery tour of tunes from the ‘40s through ‘70s and beyond. Two hours of rockabilly, blues, funk, soul gospel, pop, swing and reggae to kick off your Saturday night!