Ray LaMontagne is a throw-back to an era when expert songwriting and soulful singing were the only fuel needed to make a run to the top of the charts. Today, a different fuel mixture is needed for pop propulsion, where the two main ingredients are beauty and boobs. So when Ray LaMontagne won three Grammys in 2005, it was a deviation from the norm. He has neither beauty nor boobs.
When I heard Ray LaMontagne for the first time on WTMD‘s World Cafe, little did I know that I was listening to a grizzly-bearded white man with a sour countenance and an affinity for plaid collared shirts. It makes me happy to know that soulful singing can come from anyone with the soul sing it.
“Let It Be Me” was the song that introduced me to Ray LaMontagne and it was his voice, not the tastefully-played guitar, that hooked me. Let’s see if it hooks you too.
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