Artist: Ray LaMontagne (lɑːmonˈteɪn)
Born: June 18, 1973
Genre: Indie Folk
If your typical iPod selection consists of soft rock, blues and a little country, Ray LaMontagne is the perfect artist to start your journey into a more developed taste in music. Ray LaMontagne’s music is like a good mix of Otis Redding and John Mayer. His style of music is pretty peculiar, in the sense that it sounds like something you’d hear years ago coming from a dive bar in the middle of rural Mississippi, but it’s nothing to shy away from.
His voice is heavy and a little raspy, and comes from the throat, rather than the nose (which is common among artists now adays). Every song of LaMontagne’s is filled with emotion that is hard to find in most music. As opposed to most music you hear on the radio today, Ray LaMontagne’s songs tend to tell stories and evoke certain emotions that people tend to forget that music can actually do.
He is well known for his song “Trouble”, which was recorded in 2004, and was featured in the film She’s the Man. His most recent album features songs such as “Beg, Steal, or Borrow”, “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise”, and “Devil’s in the Jukebox”.
So the next time you go to look for something new to listen, think about shying away from what’s “popular” and listen to something different.
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