The 2004 folk rock album Trouble was not a #1 smash hit the moment it came out – despite the heavy praise in critical reviews, the debut album from US-born folk singer and musician Ray LaMontagne was a slow burn of sorts. Some of its singles didn’t start charting in the UK until as late as 2006. But now certified Platinum in the UK and Gold in the US, Trouble came to represent the ambition and success synonymous with LaMontagne’s career since then.
Ray LaMontagne Niagara Falls Concert
Often compared in his musical style to folk icons such as Nick Drake and Tim Buckley, LeMontagne’s subsequent success, both with the public and the critics, have kept him deserving of comparison with such venerated artists. What has garnered the most attention amongst music buffs, of course, has been his unique voice, a touch baritone and rich with emotion. Combined with the lyrics from songs he almost entirely writes himself, and he’s become a contemporary poster child for soulful, individualistic US folk.
Ray LaMontagne Gossip in the Grain
LaMontagne has released five more albums since his 2004 debut. 2008’s Gossip in the Grain has remained a popular favourite even eight years after release, instantly hitting that peak chart position Trouble had to work for and filling the airwaves (and TV guest spots) for years afterward. Yet it wasn’t until 2010’s God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise that LaMontagne finally got acceptable from the accolades, picking up the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
2016 saw the release of his latest album, Ouroboros, a proudly retro offering nostalgic with the days of vinyl and Pink Floyd. His recent tours and public performances have been a mix of music across his decade-plus of studio releases, only highlighting the massive range he’s developed across his native genre.
Ray LaMontagne Fallsview Concert
More recently, in the wake of releasing Ouroboros Ray LaMontagne has been touring heavily across North America. By March this circuit will take him to Niagara Falls. The Avalon Ballroom Theatre at the Fallsview Casino Resort will be hosting him, but for one night only: Wednesday 29 March 2017.
Any fan of soulful music owes it to themselves to see LaMontagne perform the best from across all his albums live.
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