Ray LaMontagne is bringing his fall tour to a close throughout the state of New York this coming week. On November 8 he will take over the stage at Syracuse’s Landmark Theatre, while the following night he will be at Albany’s Palace Theatre. There will then be a three-day break before a three night stand at New York City’s Beacon Theatre from November 12 – 14.
This past April, LaMontagne released Supernova, his fifth album, which went straight to number 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. The album, produced by The Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach, has been said to be a departure in sound for the singer-songwriter. After ten years in the music industry this turn from his traditional folk sound to a more bluesy-rock inspired set of music has attracted a wider following. Despite not being his strong-suit, LaMontagne makes it his own.
Early on in the process for the album, he was unsure of where to go with the songs as they weren’t calling out to him. He called up Elvis Costello, a friend and personal hero, as to what he should do with them. Elvis told him to trust his own voice and let the music call him and take it from there. He listened and broke from his usual routine of how he wrote songs to let his mind wander and take tangents until he felt satisfied with how the song sounded. With his new band coming in hot after a successful fall tour, these five New York shows should be great. These are his last shows of the year and there are still tickets available for each show, but they are limited.