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posted on 10.20.09


Ray Lamontagne was made for rainy days. He was made for break-ups, and layoffs and lost keys. No matter your bad day scenario, when Lamontagne lets that thick, deep rasp flow from his mouth, you will swear that he wrote those words just for you.

Last year, Vanity Fair referred to Lamontagne as "a fresh reminder that the genuine artist is not yet an extinct species," and this is proven true after listening to any of his songs. His lyrics evoke struggle and desire not often heard in today's works.

A 2008 article in The Independent (UK) explained that Lamontagne grew up a poor outsider, and found himself drifting cross-country at just 17. Eventually, began working in a shoe factory, getting married and writing some of the most tragic, heartfelt songs to reach large audiences since Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." These days, Lamontagne, chooses to lead a simple life, and he told The Independent, "I do live to play live shows, but so far from home?" It looks like years of travelling have made the man eager to settle with his wife and two children.

Although Lamontagne's lyrics lean towards tragedy, he does have several songs ("The Best Thing" and "Crying Shame," for example) that are more likely to get your toes tapping than your eyes watering. No matter what he sings, you get the feeling that he means every gut-wrenching word and smoky note. His voice is unlike any others, and so is his story. He gives the world a little hope that truth still remains. There are still songwriters. The Blues is not dead.

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