With his soulful voice and a guitar, Ray LaMontagne will headline Boston’s Orpheum Theatre for two nights in November. LaMontagne first came onto the scene with 2004’s Trouble, a collection of stripped down acoustic songs showcasing the singers soft but ‘rough around the edges’ voice. If his voice didn’t suck you in then the lyrics sure did, with songs like “Jolene”, “Burn” and “Hannah”, the singer was able to combine the tragic feeling of loss with a much deeper pain. His follow up album, Till The Sun Turns Black, picked back up where the previous left off. This time getting even deeper and showing his soul influence with the Bill Withers-like “Three More Days”. Versatility was at an all time high on this record as he showed with “Gone Away From Me”, a song that could very well be the soundtrack to your next waltz party.
LaMontagne’s fourth and most recent album God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise is his first effort with the backing band The Pariah Dogs. The album won a Grammy in 2010 for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The album has a very different feel than all other LaMontagne records, on this one you really feel the presence of the backing band as opposed to just being a supporting act. The funky “Repo Man” begins with a long instrumental intro, letting the band get into it’s sly groove. Guitarist Eric Heywood is really given the room to stretch out and showcase his tasteful chops, especially on “Beg, Steal or Borrow”. With the band, LaMontagne’s songs reach new heights, especially the jazzy “This Love Is Over”, showcasing some of his best vocal abilities yet.
LaMontagne will come to the Orpheum Theatre for two nights playing stripped down versions of his songs, solo to an intimate crowd. This is sure to be a one of a kind experience with him and his music. Be sure to get seats to both of his Boston shows as well as other locations, which can all be found right here—> Ray LaMontagne