Perhaps people don’t know about him? Perhaps people are intimidated by his last name? I’m not quite sure why Ray LaMontagne isn’t huge. He has all of the variables needed for being a moderately big indie success: great voice, sensational lyrics, no money, a small cult following, unbelievable live sets, and more humbleness than Mother Teresa. Yet, he remains a remotely quiet force in the musical world.
Myself and Ms. Heather Browne had a discussion recently on the unbelievable music this man can make with his mouth and hands. After the drooling on our respective keyboards subsided and the swapping of unreleased live tracks came to a dwindling halt, we concluded that I should dedicate some iGIF space to him. Last summer I went on a quest to gather as many Bonnaroo acts as I possibly could before the festival, and lucky for me Ray was one of them. His album, Trouble, had just released and I grabbed a copy only to let my jaw drop to the floor. How could a shoe factory worker make music this good?!
Who knows, some of these come outta no where artist are better to be left unsolved mysteries. What I do know, is that I am expecting only great things from this artist and a sophomore release, logically, has to be in the works sometime soon. Be sure to check out his site for more info and music exclusives, along with an amazing live set exclusive from iTunes.