Ray LaMontagne's New Album


Ray LaMontagne
Lauded singer-songwriter, Ray LaMontagne is set to release his much-anticipated third album, Gossip In The Grain, on September 9 on RCA Records. Recorded with returning producer, Ethan Johns in Box, England, and touching upon a range of styles and musical settings spanning pastoral folk, railroad blues, front porch country, and plangent balladry, Gossip In The Grain proves to be his most creative and emotionally expansive collection to date.

Whereas LaMontagne's two previous albums, Trouble and Till The Sun Turns Black, were largely solo affairs, with Johns serving as multi-tasking instrumentalist, Gossip In The Grain sees him joined by members of his touring band, bassist Jennifer Condos and guitarist Eric Heywood (with Johns largely handling drum duties). Along with his band members, LaMontagne is also joined on two tracks - "A Falling Through" and "I Still Care For You" - by singer-songwriter Leona Naess.

As LaMontagne explains "It was time to open up a little bit more, not be quite so reserved in my choice of songs that I wanted to record. I'm really very critical of myself and it's sort of a process of opening up. I felt like I was in the right space to show that side of myself." Recently called by Vanity Fair "a fresh reminder that the genuine artist is not yet an extinct species," Gossip In The Grain reconfirms Ray LaMontagne as an artist and a craftsman without limits, a songwriter who is able to work his melodic gifts and distinctive lyricism through any of the myriad musical traditions that catches his fancy.

Track list:
1. Let It Be Me
2. Hey Me, Hey Mama
3. Sarah
4. I Still Care For You
5. Winter Birds
6. Meg White
7. Achin' All The Time
8. Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's A Shame)
9. A Falling Through
10. Gossip In The Grain

[Published on: 6/3/08]

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paulmkeck starstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 06:16PM
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Very excited about Mr. LaMontagne's new album....very nice!!!

moemoe6434 Tue 6/3/2008 06:48PM
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Can not wait for this!

jazzphan74 starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/3/2008 07:53PM
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He played "Winter Birds" at the Westhampton show Friday night, it was amazing. Pretty stoked for this album. Tour more Ray!!!!!!

Cola21 Tue 6/3/2008 10:17PM
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I've literally got butterflies thinking about this. I've been waiting for oh so long. If a tour follows and lands in Omaha, NE, I can die a happy man.

Nasty Nate Wed 6/4/2008 06:08AM
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Nasty Nate

I watched this guy on iClips at Mountain Jam. Pretty good stuff. He kinda looks & sounds like Kenny Loggins though.. hehe

silent9bass starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 08:53AM
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Can't wait for his set at Rothbury! This album sounds like it'll be great and the songs should work well live if they're more "band based." Regardless, Trouble and Till the Sun Turns Black are amazing albums which need to be heard by everyone.

ejzeppelin Wed 6/4/2008 09:03AM
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Silent9bass - Ray cancelled his set at Rothbury. That was a bummer. New album should be great though. Would love to catch him live.

Conjugal Burning Wed 6/4/2008 09:37AM
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Conjugal Burning

haha, hes got a song named Meg White

gfon8593 Wed 6/4/2008 10:38AM
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Why no Rothbury? Add the other shows are cancelled? WTF???

tgratefulapple Wed 6/4/2008 10:58AM
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1 of the best new song writers around. like trouble better than the second disc. hopefully he tours around charlotte soon....

MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 11:02AM
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An incredible talent! I will be anxiously awaiting this release ...

DaMule Wed 6/4/2008 12:06PM
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Awesome. Just saw ray @ Mtn Jam..cant wait for the new album. I wonder what the Meg White song is about...

twain starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 12:15PM
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that trouble album breaks my heart every time.

jphunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 6/4/2008 06:02PM
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This is great news! Saw 'Let It Be M'e and 'Winter Birds' at the recent Northampton, MA show. This guy is the real deal. Check him out if you get the chance