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Ray LaMontagne w/ Foy Vance

Wednesday, June 25 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Jun. 16, 2014
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Ray LaMontagne w/ Foy Vance, Summerfest
In 1999, contemporary folk singer Ray LaMontagne was working in a shoe factory in Lewiston, Maine, when he heard Stephen Stills’ 1972 album Manassas. The double-disk solo debut work from the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young members inspired what would become LaMontagne’s Grammy Award-winning musical career.

With his new album Supernova released this past spring and produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, LaMontagne has hit his stride as both a composer and performer. Quiet and unassuming, the artist married high school sweetheart Sarah Sousa and lives on a farm in western Massachusetts with his wife and two kids, making music and marveling at life’s simple pleasures.

While known for his soul-baring songs, LaMontagne shares very little of his personal life with critics or fans. The singer’s current stability belies his vagabond upbringing as one of six children raised by his mother in Nashua, N.H. He spent time in Morgan, Utah, before moving to Maine, and then to his current home.

His songs have been used in various television shows, including ER, Bones, One Tree Hill and others. His self-produced album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise earned him a 2011 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. LaMontagne may be content with his isolated country life, but his music is reaching hearts across the country. And that’s just fine with him.


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