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Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs

With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpapery version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Ray LaMontagne joins such artists as Iron & Wine in creating folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. The songwriter was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973; his parents split up shortly after his birth, and his mother began a pattern of moving her six children to any locale that could offer her employment and housing. As a result, LaMontagne grew up as the perennial new kid in school (when and if he went to school at all). He did graduate high school, however, and found himself working in a shoe factory in Maine when he heard Stephen Stills' "Tree Top Flyer" on the radio. The song amounted to an epiphany for LaMontagne, who made up his mind on the spot to become a singer and musician.

By the summer of 1999, LaMontagne had put together a ten-song demo tape that soon found its way into the hands of Jamie Ceretta at Chrysalis Music Publishing. The publishing house signed the young songwriter and teamed him with producer Ethan Johns, resulting in LaMontagne's debut album, Trouble. The record was picked up by RCA and released in the fall of 2004, impressing critics with such songs as the title tune, "Trouble," and the cinematic style of pieces like "Narrow Escape." A follow-up album for the RCA label, Till the Sun Turns Black, appeared in 2006 and widened LaMontagne's palette by incorporating horns and strings. He also placed songs in multiple American television shows, including ER, Bones, and One Tree Hill. Gossip in the Grain followed in 2008, also with Johns in the production chair; his biggest commercial success to that point, it debuted at number three on the American charts and again featured several songs later heard on television shows.

In 2012, LaMontagne returned with his fourth studio album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise. His first album without producer Ethan Johns, the session was produced by LaMontagne at his home studio and was the first with a billing for his backing band the Pariah Dogs, including bassist Jennifer Condos, guitarist Eric Heywood, and drummer Jay Bellerose. It peaked at number three on the American album charts, and earned LaMontagne his first Grammy win, for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Early in 2014, RCA announced that LaMontagne's fifth album would be released. Produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Supernova was issued at the end of April. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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cool song man daniels matewan wv
Such depth of thought and soul, with a voice that reaches the innermost self of those listening to it. One of the best artists - EVER!
marthannhowe s
I have not loved a newer musician's work in years....his voice is lovely, soft and other times hard and gruff. Such feeling in his voice, tone, words, music....jus t love his story, too. Hard life growing up with five siblings of a single mom constantly moving. Instability marked his early life...it's now wonder he had trouble from 12-24 years of age. Lovely lovely man. My heart holds his.
Great vocals just gets it done ! ��
watkinsfive
What happened to all of the lyrics Pandora used to show for songs?!
displaceinte r n a t i o n a l 2 0 0 8
I've been hooked on Ray Lamontagne since I first heard "Trouble." Excellent vocals and lyrics every time.
j_6arrett
Awesome Ray ! Thats just all I can say ! Love your music and style !
A fan forever!!! Love you Ray LaMontagne!! ! !
I love Ray's soft raspy voice. His lyrics cut deep in your soul.
Don't read this because it actually happens. U will be kissed by your love by the nearest Friday. Now you started reading this don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. If you don't u will die in 2 days. When your done press f6 then your lovers name will be on the screen in big letters. This is scary cuz it's real. Why did you read this?!
nfsutton
Not sure I understand all the Joni references (altho I love Joni). I hear Stephan Stills influence and a voice that penetrates and melts!
Joni Mitchell is still alive ..although suffering from Morgellins Disease she may be losing her mind ...Ray L...is a vrry talented guy ..you can feel his upbringing of suffering and such ..I'm also one of 6 and have yet to be discovered ..lol
bergstrom_de b b i e
I have never heard ray sing a song that wasn't awesome!
omg i thought it was just me the first time i heard ray on the radio at work i was like is this joni mitchell, who is this lol. i love ray and i love joni!
actually Joni Mitchell - yeah you right on that
a male Joan Baez - agreed?
Liston to Ray LaMontagne. He is GOOD!
He is great why does he only have 1,140 likes?????
Love this song!!! Very true, true!! ❌⭕❌⭕
Unpolluted music.
monie_dj12
Simply breath taking. His music moves my soul.
Channelling Joni Mitchell inthis one. Love it.
So underrated.. . . h e ' s one of the best....toda y s music is full of trendy pop crap, refreshing to hear real music
Girlfriend surprised me with tickets for our anniversary! 1st night in Boston, and I saw Ray! Best weekend ever. He surprisingly sounds even better in person.
tlg1615
Ray is food for my soul.
heartnsoulbe a d s
I love new music.. Great voice:)..... I will look for you to come to IN (please)
Saw Ray in 2005 @ Bonaroo, Have been a fan since!
Ray lamontagne speak for my soul ;)
chris.elkin
A great example of a man who struggles within himself. Thank God he hasn't succumbed to our mental health system and loaded his mind with anti-depress a n t s !
Sings from the heart; of what he has experienced; the lyrics are so rich; touches me deeply.
No words to describe. Just eyes closed, ears open, and peace in my heart...
This song could be a bio for me at this point in my journey through life, this is music people! It speaks of life: not cars, money, and sex which seem to be the only themes for entertainers on the radio(notice I didn't call them artists, they aren't).
ktompete25
I note that his band is the Pariah Dogs. Is he a Under the Volcano fan?
virtualanne1
Oh yes!!!
Amazing how his soul speaks directly to yours...abso l u t e l y penetrating
I have fallen in love with his voice....
sfhall8
He is absolutely FABULOUS!
saw him with david gray at Jones Beach......t h e best show we saw outside and on the bay, sun setting...ca n t beat it
Nice!!!
Best thing to come down the pike in a long time. Incredible in concert. I love Ray!
He who increases in knowledge, increases in pain. I know. I prayed for wisdom, and Igot the DELUXE Package. Sounds like Ray did too!
bclover09
Saw him in Raleigh last week...best live show I've seen in the last 10 years! Haven't seen an audience awed into silence like that in a LONG time! Keep it REAL Ray!
just saw him in ATL. he is a very passionate singer. amazing.
My friend saw him last year at a music fest and said he is unbelievable . I was introduced to him by her and I love his music.
maureen600
I heard Beg Steal and Borrow on the radio about a month ago and fell instantly in love with this story teller. I bought God Willin and it didn't leave my car player until I bought Sun turns black. love him
lisag8588
I do believe Ray is one of the most unappreciate d artists in some time. The man is amazing. His spirit shows in his songs and that is a beautiful thing.
cloud56
Nice sound
New Your City's Kiling Me is Ray's Country Crossover opportunity.
<3

pure inspiration. .
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