Bluesfest Touring is proud to present Bluesfest first-timer and Grammy-winning, Ray LaMontagne in Australia this April. The singer-songwriter who is making his long-awaited return Down Under after a 10-year hiatus will perform with John Stirratt, the bass player and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning band, Wilco. The pair will treat Melbourne and Sydney audiences to an intimate show, captivating crowds with a soft, delicate voice that can be as powerful an instrument as any of the acoustic guitars surrounding him and John Stirratt on stage.
A regular on the Billboard’s Albums chart, Ray just released his seventh studio album ‘Part Of The Light'. Playing Melbourne’s Palais Theatre and Sydney’s State Theatre, LaMontagne will highlight songs old and new on this ‘Just Passing Through’ tour. His alternately lush vocals and intimately earthy live performance will include his vast and varying body of work, including “Trouble”, “Till The Sun Turns Black” and "Gossip In The Grain”.
“..he knows the power of the spectral and the flesh, the emotional and the intangible.” NME
“LaMontagne’s humble stage arrangement brings an air of intimacy which would be felt throughout the rest of the night’s performance.” Hot Press Magazine (IRL)
On his previous solo tours, critics across the US were raving about his performance. Consequence of Sound said, “Hearing Ray LaMontagne perform live is a poignant and magical experience,” while The Boston Herald raved, “LaMontagne's voice remains a marvel, quiet and reflective one minute and forceful and impassioned the next. It really is an amazing instrument.”
The songwriter often likened to Van Morrison and Tim Buckley was born in New Hampshire in 1973 and by the summer of 1999, he had put together a ten-song demo tape that soon paved the way to his debut album, ‘Trouble’. Since then Ray LaMontagne has released seven studio albums, five of which have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and Billboard’s Digital Albums chart. Additionally, Ray’s 2010 album ‘God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise’ won the Grammy for Best Folk Album and was nominated in the coveted Song of The Year category for “Beg Steal or Borrow.”
Each release from his catalogue over the last 13 years carries its own character and feel. Having worked with producers Ethan Johns, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Ray’s vast sonic catalogue has been called everything from “a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format,” from Entertainment Weekly to “epic and magical,” from Rolling Stone and “gorgeous and ambitious,” from Esquire
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