Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ray LaMontagne - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise -2010-
(Folk, Soul, Acoustic)

From: Maine

The master of mellow folk/soul is back and this time he brought some friends in the form of real tight backing band, The Pariah Dogs consisting of Jay Bellarose (drums), Jennifer Condos (bass), Patrick Warren (keyboard), Eric Heywood (guitar) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar). Individually these musicians have contributed to the live work of such heralded musicians including Beck, Joe Henry, Tom Waits, Lucinda Wlliams, Ryan Adams and Joe Cocker to name a few of their career highlights. Together with Ray they shared a sense that the sessions for this record were rare and extraordinary. God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise finds LaMontagne in top form following the successful formula from his debut with a little bit more rock and country thrown into the mix. The tracks here are spilling over with soul (Van Morrison anyone), carried by Ray's signature emotional and rough voice floating over a perfect arsenal of strings and skins. Some instant LaMontagne classics to be found throughout. On tour NOW with David Gray.

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Ray LaMontagne - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise

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