I recently picked up a few albums from Ray Lamontagne; and I have to say, the guy has talent. Collaborating with Ethan Johns on his debut album Trouble helped RL establish himself as a mountain man with Motown soul. Not to mention the obvious nod to yesteryear in many of his songs on "Gossip in the Grain." (Ray, did you mean, "I heard it through the grapevine?")
Other reviewers have coined Ray as "a huskier, sandpaper version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, but I pick up something else in his voice...something.....
...that sounds like Michael Bolton. Okay, so he didn't collaborate with Kenny G or include any cheesy synth pops in his backing tracks; but the inordinate hair, the chiseled chin; now that I have made that correlation, I can't shake it.
Listen for yourself:
I guess all I'm saying is that I just hope Ray doesn't get pinned down as the amorous dud of a particular generation. Remember this scenario?
"Hey, can you turn off that Michael Bolton tape? I'm trying to watch MacGyver!"
We're rooting for you, Ray!
-PS: I welcome your discussion