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Thursday, 17 September 2009

Ray LaMontagne

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Raymond Charles "Ray" LaMontagne (pronounced /lɑːmɒnˈteɪːn/) (born June 18, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter who lives on a farm in Maine with his wife and two sons. Reportedly, one morning at 4 a.m, when he heard a Stephen Stills song, "Treetop Flyer" LaMontagne decided to quit his job at the shoe factory, where he worked 65 hours a week, to pursue a career in music. He has since released three albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns Black and Gossip in the Grain.

I saw Mr LaMontagne last Wednesday - Do you see my heavy eye-lids? Fhina's never out on a weeknight! Not only did I mislay/never receive my ticket, I also had to blag my way in past the Box Office Gals showing my online confirmation and my Driver's License! It worked...

Except the long queue of folks trying to enter the concert hall thought I was trying to skip the queue. If it'd been a Motorhead concert I could've been lynched!

Fhina likes to cut it up rough, to live dangerously to the depths of her Wild Heart...

In reality, I'm pretty reserved and English-polite, so I was very red in the face at that point...

What is there to say? As ever, Ray was entertaining and life-enchanting, enigmatic and generous to others and his fans... He even thanked us all for paying to come to see him in such difficult economic times...

He was supported by Ethan Johns, his producer and son of the legendary producer, (of The Eagles, The Beatles, among others...), Glyn Johns. Ethan was very cool and talented, but he was playing to about a dozen of us in the audience. Why do people do that - Not turning up to see, often very wonderful, support artistes?

Josh Ritter followed, performing to around half of the audience as it turned out, and I was blown away by him and his band... I bought his latest album in the interval, and I've been listening to it ever since.

In conclusion, what better than to listen, while Ray sings to you of Trouble and being saved by a woman, with his heart and his soul?

12 comments:

shalimar beekman said...

I love Ray LaMontagne and he's coming to my town - you've reminded me that I really should buy tickets!
thanks!

blognut said...

Love this song!

And good for you for going out on a school night, Fhina. Live it up!

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The Things We Carried said...

Darn, I am on a laptop with no sound! Back tomorrow on different computer!

French Fancy said...

After sitting through a dire concert by a warm up artiste who happened to be Mich Jaggers brother starting for Al Stewart once, it has kind of put me off sitting through anything but the person I've come to see.

Likewise Fiction Plane - the group begun by Sting's son - who warmed up for the Killers and Springsteen back in July - they were rubbish as well

lakeviewer said...

Good for you for tripping during school nights. Will look for these talented people when they make their ways around the globe.

Alan Burnett said...

I did enjoy that. I don't know why but I expected that I wouldn't like it - but I was wrong. Thanks for introducing me to a singer I didn't know.

Derrick said...

Hi Fhina,

You certainly like your concerts, don't you? Glad you had an enjoyable evening. The song wasn't bad, I liked the musical accompaniment.

Artist Unplugged said...

Thanks for sharing about this musical artist! May I say that you are, indeed, a wild and crazy woman!!!

LadyFi said...

Sounds like a great concert.. and thank goodness no lynching was involved!

Suldog said...

I've never understood not going to see the opening acts. I've 'discovered' some of my favorite bands that way.

Lola said...

Ciao Divina,
I loooove what you've done to the place, very You.

Thank you for introducing me to Ray, I like his style. And his bohemien face and hair.

à bientôt,
Lola xx

Maternal Tales said...

Now I am sure you've posted about this before (not the concert as such, obviously, but about Ray)because I remember writing something along the lines of...my eldest just loves this song...loves it, loves it, loves it...because she always asks me to play it when we're in the car - she reminds me which one she means by saying - you know Mummy - the one where the man is saved by a woman!! Very sweet. Glad you had fun at the concert. Would have loved to have been there with you xxx

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