With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpaper version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Ray LaMontagne creates folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. By the summer of 1999, LaMontagne had put together a ten-song demo tape that soon found its way into the hands of Jamie Ceretta at Chrysalis Music Publishing. The publishing house signed the young songwriter and teamed him with producer Ethan Johns, resulting in LaMontagne's debut album, Trouble. The record was released in the fall of 2004. A follow-up, Till the Sun Turns Black, appeared in 2006 and widened LaMontagne's palette by incorporating horns and strings. Gossip in the Grain followed in 2008. ~ Steve Leggett
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