Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns to the stage on his Just Passing Through acoustic tour, highlighting songs from his vast and varying body of work. Joining Ray on the tour will be John Stirratt from Wilco on bass. The two will be playing songs spanning across Ray’s albums including Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, Supernova, Ouroboros, and Part Of The Light.
On his previous solo tours, critics across the US were raving about his performance. Consequence of Sound said, “Hearing Ray LaMontagne perform live is a poignant and magical experience,” while The Boston Herald raved, “LaMontagne's voice remains a marvel, quiet and reflective one minute and forceful and impassioned the next. It really is an amazing instrument.”
Ray LaMontagne has released 7 studio albums, 5 of which have reached Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and Billboard’s Digital Albums chart. Additionally, Ray’s 2010 album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise won the Grammy for Best Folk Album and was nominated in the coveted Song of The Year category for “Beg Steal or Borrow.”
Each release from his catalogue over the last 13 years carries its own character and feel. Having worked with producers Ethan Johns, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ray’s vast sonic catalogue has been called everything from “a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format,” from Entertainment Weekly to “epic and magical,” from Rolling Stone and “gorgeous and ambitious,” from Esquire. NPR’s All Things Considered said that Ray throughout the course of his career “has continued to push himself in different directions,” while People called Ray a “marvel of nature.”
If you haven't heard of Ray Lamontagne, it's no surprise; he prefers it that way. The reclusive singer-songwriter lives in rural Maine with his family where he has perfected his blend of folk and R&B that is both haunting and uplifting. If you are already a Ray Lamontagne fan, you are in luck, as his concert schedule has been announced and has him performing at over a two dozen stateside shows this spring and summer, 2011.
The New Hampshire native quit his day job at a shoe factory after being inspired by a Stephen Stills album. In 1999, he recorded a demo and played local venues to get his name out there while working as a tutor. Lamontagne was eventually signed to RCA Records, and recorded his debut in Los Angeles over a two week period. The album, Trouble, yielded a single of the same name and found success in the United Kingdom. The album stalled on the Billboard 200, peaking at #189, but has since sold over half a million copies worldwide. While the song was not a hit single, it gained recognition after being licensed out to commercials and to TV series such as "Rescue Me" and "Alias".
Lamontagne hit the studio in 2006 to record his sophomore effort, Till the Sun Turns Black, which debuted at #28 on the Billboard 200. This album also heavily licensed out his work, again being featured on TV shows. His third album, Gossip in the Grain, catapulted him into the top ten of the Billboard 200, when it debuted at #3. Lamontagne was also featured on the UK television show, "Live From Abbey Road," where he played a five song set for the series.
Lamontagne's most recent release is 2010's, God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise. For the first time, the singer-songwriter garnered three nominations at the February, 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony, where he went on to win the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Ray Lamontagne tour dates are currently scheduled nationally; he will be appearing at over twenty dates this summer and spring. Don't miss out on the man who once again made Folk music cool. Use Eventful as your source for Ray Lamontagne tour dates and concert schedule updates.