Ray LaMontagne

Ok, so some of you might already know about Ray LaMontagne.  But after his latest album, Gossip In the Grain, I feel as if he deserves a special mention for all of you out there that haven’t already fallen in love with his voice (and his beard.)  And if you haven’t heard of him yet, Happy Birthday!  This is my gift to you.

Ray LaMontagne first paraded onto the scene with the release of his first album Trouble in 2004.  I guess he didn’t literally “parade” onto the scene.  That would be a bit unnecessary and over dramatic.  Unless there was candy involved. Then I guess it would be ok.

Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne

But this particular album didn’t really climb its way up the charts upon its release, but still sold a solid number of copies in the U.S. and also made its way into my highly acclaimed mp3 player.  The interesting thing about Ray (we’re on a first-name basis) is that he started off as a shoe factory worker and quit his job to become a singer-songwriter. (Source: Wikipedia…isn’t that ironic?)  I think this fact makes his music all the more awesom to me.  Knowing that a regular guy could just decide to make powerful music one day instead of 65 hours at a shoe factory.  Personally, I’d choose the shoe factory, but that’s just me…

In 2006, he released his second album, Till the Sun Turns Black,  which made its way even higher on the Billboard charts.  And, like most singer-songwriters, a few of his songs were featured in such television dramas as “ER” and “One Tree Hill.”  But don’t let that sway you into thinking he’s like every other singer-songwriter out there.  His powerful lyrics are accompanied by the music in a way that makes it sound more like moving poetry rather than a poppy song written about how pretty your girlfriend’s eyes are or why you love puppies.  I don’t exactly have examples of songs about the aforementioned subjects, but I’m assuming they’re out there.

But the true culmination of Ray LaMontagne’s ability came with the release of his most recent album, Gossip In the Grain.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the first two albums.  I’m just a big Ray LaMontagne fan.  But this latest work brings his musical talent to a fuller extent with the use of a more produced sound and more resources at his disposal.  You can tell a lot of time and effort went into the album and it shows on every track.  I personally recommend “Let It Be Me” and “Meg White”, but the opening track is probably the most popular (and I still completely dig it):

I know it’s not actually a music video, but I wanted to give you a taste of the music (otherwise this would turn out to be a pretty crappy birthday present.)  Check out the entire album below:

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About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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