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Ray LaMontagne Goes Psychedelic

Grammy-winning folk-rock musician Ray LaMontagne  goes psychedelic in his brand-new album, “Supernova.”

Ray Lamontagne performs at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP)

Ray Lamontagne performs at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP)

Singer songwriter Ray LaMontagne can go folk-rock and irresistible pop with the best of them.  He won hearts early with his hit “Trouble.”  His big, brass-backed, “You Are the Best Thing” will make you sing along.  All kinds of TV shows and American Idol contestants have grabbed his songs and run with them.  Now, Ray LaMontagne is taking a turn of his own.  Diving into an almost ‘60s psychedelic sound.  Making a move from indie to alt.  And it’s cool.  This hour On Point:  Ray LaMontagne.

– Tom Ashbrook

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Ray LaMontagne, singer-songwriter. His latest album is “Supernova.” Grammy-award-winner for his 2011 folk album “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise.” (@RayLaMontagne)

From Tom’s Reading List

American Songwriter: Ray LaMontagne On Supernova, Facing His Critics — “Don’t try to pigeonhole Ray LaMontagne. While critics have been quick to compare him to any number of rarefied and rootsy icons — the Band, Van Morrison, Tim  Buckley and Steven Stills among them — LaMontagne sole muse is the inspiration that strikes from within. ‘I always let the songs lead the way,” the soft-spoken singer/songwriter insists.'”

Hollywood Reporter: Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Supernova’ Pays Tribute to ‘Drive-In Movies’ –“The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach produced the new LaMontagne album, his fifth, whose release date has been moved up to April 29. Supernova is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2010’s God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts and won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, with “Beg Steal or Borrow” earning a Song of the Year nomination.”

Rolling Stone: Ray LaMontagne Gets Loose With Dan Auerbach on New LP ‘Supernova’ – “He began writing songs for his new album Supernova (out May 6th) in the study of his Massachusetts home, often working for 16 hours straight. ‘Some of them were just gifts,’ he says. ‘I’ve always written with this slave driver’s critical mind lashing me, but this time I just let the songs happen.'”

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