Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ray LaMontagne - Gossip in The Grain

Music by Ray LaMontagne

I’m listening to music by an artist that I am unfamiliar with. But, I like it. His name is ( Ray LaMontagne. He is from Lewiston, Maine. The first thing I noticed about him was the way he looked. He reminded me of me in my late 20’s to mid 30’s. Anyway, the music genre, I suppose is soft rock. The first song I heard him play was a live performance in Portland’s (Maine or Oregon, I do not know.) of the John Lennon song, “Imagine”.  Although the acoustics were kind of yucky, something was telling me to listen to more. So, I clicked on his album “Gossip in The Grain”. I like Ray’s music. It is clean, and it is not head banging rock. And, I like his voice. I have no information on the sound tracks, or his backup artist. But, I believe it is him playing acoustic rhythm guitar. It is an easy listening, relaxing voice and music. From the romantic first track, “Let It Be Me”,  thru the bluesy “Trouble” to the haunting final tune, “Empty”, this is a captivating album.

He reminds me of someone from the 1970’s. I think the person I am thinking of used to play with Erick Clapton. Who it is just escapes me for now.

I hope that I am at home if and when he comes to the Oklahoma City area. It will be a concert that I look forward attending. Every time I consider selling my photography equipment (since I am worried about the fact that I appear to be going blind)  and think about once again buying a guitar I know that this is the kind of music I would be playing. A little bluesy in a soft rock fashion with a bit of folksy (Is that a word?) feeling to it. Good music for late evening truckin’. It is what you would want to sing to a lady friend with whom you are getting really serious about.

Thanks Ray LaMontagne

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