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Ray LaMontagne

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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 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, he had put together a ten-song demo tape that soon found its way into the hands of Jamie Ceretta at Chrysalis. 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, Til 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. LaMontagne's 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, which included 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. Produced and recorded by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, LaMontagne's fifth LP, Supernova, was released in the spring of 2014. The album fared well critically and reached number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and number three on the Billboard Top 200. In May of 2015, one of LaMontagne's early songs, "Please," was given a major boost when it was covered by Sawyer Fredericks, the Season 8 winner of NBC's The Voice. Fredericks' version of "Please" became a hit, reaching number two on the iTunes singles chart. Teasing a change of direction in a note to a group of fans, LaMontagne worked with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James on his next outing, Ouroboros. Designed for full-album play and immersed in blues guitar and vintage instrument-rich psychedelia, it arrived in March of 2016. ~ Steve Leggett
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Albums by
Ray LaMontagne

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    Supernova

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    Gossip in the Grain

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    Till The Sun Turns Black

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    Trouble

    8 songs

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    Ouroboros

    1 song

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    The Changing Man/While It Still Beats (Ouroboros Part 1)

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    Part Two - In My Own Way

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    Part One - Hey, No Pressure

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    Drive-In Movies

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    Lavender

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    Airwaves

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    Supernova

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    Live - Spring 2010

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    Live Fall 2010

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    Live From KFOG

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    Live from Bonnaroo 2005

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    Till the Sun Turns Black

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    For The Summer (Digital 45)

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    Beg Steal or Borrow

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    Meg White

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    Let It Be Me

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    How Come [Radio Edit/Acoustic Mix]

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    Trouble

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    You Are The Best Thing

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Top Songs by
Ray LaMontagne

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  2.   Trouble
  3.   Beg Steal or Borrow
  4.   Let It Be Me
  5.   Jolene
  6.   You Are The Best Thing
  7.   For the Summer by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  8.   Hold You in My Arms
  9.   Repo Man by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  10.   Barfly
  11.   Empty
  12.   Shelter
  13.   Like Rock & Roll and Radio by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  14.   I Still Care For You
  15.   You Can Bring Me Flowers by The Secret Sisters
  16.   Sarah
  17.   This Love Is Over by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  18.   Are We Really Through by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  19.   Supernova
  20.   Burn
  21.   Winter Birds
  22.   Till the Sun Turns Black
  23.   God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
  24.   Part One - Hey, No Pressure
  25.   Old Before Your Time by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Acoustic Anthems

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    MercyMe: I Am The DJ

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    Coffee House

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    Broken Heart

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    Eli Young Band: I Am The DJ

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    Adult Chill

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    Post-Holiday Chill

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    The Current

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    Soft Rock

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    Folk

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    Take A Hike

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    Eclectic Rock

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