Vinyl Vineyard: Ray Lamontagne

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Every weekday afternoon at 4, 92.9 dave fm fires up the turntables in the studio for Vinyl Vineyard. Today we feature New England native Ray Lamontagne, who did all the production for his latest album, “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise”. Click through to find out what inspired Lamontagne to get into music full time and see some of his performance at last year’s Bonnaroo.

Ray cites the song “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills as his primary inspiration for getting into music. In 1999, he recorded a 10 song demo and began sending it to music venues in Maine and New Hampshire. He was soon hired by The Oddfellow Theatre in Buckfield, Maine, where he opened for various musical acts.

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This small venue in Maine served as a springboard for Lamontagne, who won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2011 for “God Willin & the Creek Don’t Rise”. The album was produced entirely by him and recorded over a two-week span at his home studio in Massachusetts.

Ray’s music, more so than most, fits very well on vinyl. The reason for this is that so much of his background comes from music that was pretty much only available on vinyl when first released. Here’s the song “Repo Man” from his album “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise”.

This album also marks the first time Ray has released music in a collaborative effort. The album is credited to Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs.

Check out some of his performance from last year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

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