Ray LaMontagne “Just Passing Through” Stephens


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Ray LaMontagne won the Grammy for the Best Contemporary Folk Album with “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise.”

Trevor Babcock

Grammy winning singer-songwriter, Ray LaMontagne, will pass through Stephen’s Auditorium Friday on his “Just Passing Through” tour. The New Hampshire-native is known for his bluesy, soulful, folk rock spanning across seven studio albums. John Stirratt of the legendary Wilco will join LaMontagne on bass.

Audiences have described LaMontagne’s live performances as intimate, raw, magical and impassioned.

LaMontagne’s raspy yet soulful voice is reminiscent of the likes of Van Morrison, Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. LaMontagne’s voice is his best instrument using it for hushed introspective lows and powerful commanding highs. Hearing the range, emotion, subtlety and impact of his voice live will surely make his performance memorable.

Throughout his 15 years releasing music LaMontagne has done little in reinventing the wheel. However, his latest album “Part of the Light” released in May of this year is a slight continuation of LaMontagne’s more inspired efforts such as the 2016 “Ouroboros” that saw the artist embracing psychedelic rock.

On “Part of the Light” LaMontagne takes his Grammy-winning folk rock and sprinkles in light elements of psychedelia and even shoegaze while still delivering more predictable, but satisfying tunes.

The album’s lead single “Such A Simple Thing” is very much a return to form for LaMontagne. It’s a soothing, straight-forward and comfortable song about heartbreak. LaMontagne leaves the style and sound expanding moments for the album’s deep cuts.

Overall, LaMontagne continues to please his fans and gives them something they expect, but still desire as he continues to toy with his famous sound.

Fellow singer/songwriter Liza Anne will support Ray LaMontagne with her angsty indie-folk music.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available at Stephens Auditorium’s box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.