As La Montagne explains “It was time to open up a little bit more, not be quite so reserved in my choice of songs that I wanted to record.” Recently called by Vanity Fair “a fresh reminder that the genuine artist is not yet an extinct species,” Gossip In The Grain reconfirms Ray La Montagne as an artist and a craftsman without limits, a songwriter who is able to work his melodic gifts and distinctive lyricism through any of the myriad musical traditions that catches his fancy. Along with his band members, La Montagne is also joined on two tracks – “A Falling Through” and “I Still Care For You” – by singer/songwriter Leona Naess. The proceeding laid the perfect foundation for the rest of the night’s festivities.The black stage was slow to light as Ray La Montagne began to play the opening chords of “Gossip in the Grain”, but soon a light show worthy of Pink Floyd concert appeared behind La Montagne.It is ,i believe, a modern classic and a firm contender for Album Of The Year .I came to this release with no knowledge of this guy's previous work , i'd heard his name and read about him but never got around to checking out his music.
Their sound quality was polished and the mix for their set was virtually flawless.
The horn-fuelled opener "You Are the Best Thing", gets the record off to a flying start, but La Montagne soon settles into a more introspective groove with the folksy "Let It Be Me" and the more expansive "Sarah", a tune that wouldnt be out of place on Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.
La Montagne continues to careen casually across a plethora of styles, from the psychedelic "I Still Care for You", and the upbeat "Meg White", (an ode to the White Stripes drummer), to the catchy banjo-and-trumpet of "Hey Me, Hey Mama".
Warm blues and reds faded in and out as he stood almost motionless, except for the strumming of an acoustic guitar.
His current tour coincides with his latest release, Supernova.
Obviously creative progression is a large part of La Montagnes vision, which chimes well with that of his pal and producer Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams).