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Ray LaMontagne | Life in the "Koningin Elisabethzaal" in Antwerp, 18 Februari 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 · Category Art & Culture · comments 0


Since the concert in the Netherlands was sold out within a few days, my friend and I had to move to Antwerp to catch up with Ray LaMontagne for his life performance in Belgium. It wasn't going to be a jolly concert considering his music, but man, did we sit on the tip of our chairs to listen to these fantastic musicians and Ray's dark, magical voice that goes somewhere between Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.

Early and personal life

Ray LaMontagne was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1973 to a constantly traveling mother and a violent musician father who abandoned the family during Ray's childhood. Because of his father's background in music, LaMontagne refrained from most musical activity, instead spending much of his time reading fantasy novels in the forest.After graduation from Highschool, LaMontagne moved away from his family, ending up in Lewiston, Maine, where he found a job working in a shoes factory.

The start of his singer/songwriter career

LaMontagne got inspired to start his singer/songwriter career after hearing Stephen Stills' song "Treetop Flyer" on the radio. LaMontagne began touring in 1999, although he maintained a side job as a tutor.In the summer of 1999, LaMontagne amassed 10 songs for a demo that he sent to various local music venues. Mike Miclon the owner of Buckfield, Maine's Oddfellow Theater heard the demo and invited him to open for folk acts such as John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards. A friend and business executive heard LaMontagne's recordings and introduced him to Jamie Ceretta of Chrysalis Music Publishing.

In 2008, LaMontagne moved into a farmhouse in rural western Maine with his wife, Sarah, and two children, Tobias and Sebastian.


Now this is the biggest issue if you ask me. Ray LaMontagne has officially released four albums:

  1. Trouble (RCA Records released the album on September 14, 2004, produced by Ethan Johns)
  2. Till the sun Turns Black (released August 29, 2006, in the US, produced by Ethan Johns)
  3. Gossip in the Grain (released on October 14, 2008 on RCA Records, produced by Ethan Johns)
  4. God willin' and the Creek Don't Rise (The record is credited to “Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs”) - This album eventually won the Grammy award for "Best Contemporary Folk Album"

The official website from Ray LaMontagne

What's the issue?

Well Ray LaMontagne has also released three other albums prior to the official relaeses mentioned above. The only place to find most of this work, seems to be YouTube.

"One Lonesome Saddle" is a self-released album by Ray Lamontagne. A small number of copies were given away and sold to various people before Ray Lamontagne instructed the albums producer Carl Franklin (no relation to film director and actor) to "Bury the recordings".

"Green" is a self-released album by Ray LaMontagne.

"Acre of Land" is an unofficial compilation album featuring a collection of live recordings by Ray Lamontagne at Oddfellows Theatre Maine, MA, USA and studio takes from the making of One Lonesome Saddle self released album (approx 100 copies) by Ray Lamontagne from 2001.


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