courtesy of the artist
Ray LaMontagne and his Pariah Dogs perform on World Cafe.
Ray LaMontagne and his Pariah Dogs perform on World Cafe. courtesy of the artist
- "Beg Steal Or Borrow"
- "Old Before Your Time"
- "Repo Man"
Known for his raspy vocals and folksy sound, singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Iron and Wine, Van Morrison, and Tim Buckley for his earthy, retrospective style. With simple lyrics and a natural acoustic underlay, LaMontagne's music is at once private and universal.
LaMontagne had a late start to his musical career. Post-high school, he was working long shifts at a shoe factory when he heard Stephen Stills' "Tree Top Flyer" and promptly decided to become a musician. He developed his distinct singing style, recorded a 10-song demo, and began to make the local venue rounds. He was soon signed with a publishing house and paired with producer Ethan Johns. His solo acoustic debut, the critically acclaimed Trouble, was released in 2004 by RCA Records.
No longer a solo act, LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs released God Willin and The Creek Don't Rise earlier this year. The country-tinged album, complete with banjo and slide guitar, was recorded in LaMontagne's backwoods home in Massachusetts.
This World Cafe performance originally aired on Oct. 8.