June 3, 2008

New song from Ray LaMontagne: “Let It Be Me” (plus album news and a song about Meg White!)

I just received unexpected confirmation today that Ray LaMontagne is set to release his third full-length studio album on September 9th. Gossip In The Grain will be his follow-up to 2006′s Till The Sun Turns Black, and like his previous albums will again be produced again by Ethan Johns.

The raw and soulful starkness of Trouble struck me the very first time I heard it, and after I saw Ray live in San Francisco in April of 2005, I was breathlessly converted. This new release is said to be more of a full-band effort than previous albums, with touring band bassist Jennifer Condos and guitarist Eric Heywood playing, and Ethan Johns largely handling drum duties. Also (!!!) Fuel/Friends favorite Leona Naess will join him on two tracks, “A Falling Through” and “I Still Care For You.” These two artists toured together in 2007.

Ray says of the album: “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. I’m really very critical of myself and it’s sort of a process of opening up. I felt like I was in the right space to show that side of myself.” I sincerely look forward to hearing that, and also finding out how he opens up about Meg White (track #6).

Let It Be Me (live 5/28/08) [vid]
Hey Me, Hey Mama (live 7/11/05) (previously called “Amy”)
Sarah (live 5/7/05)

I Still Care For You
Winter Birds
Meg White
Achin’ All The Time
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It’s A Shame)
A Falling Through
Gossip In The Grain

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  • That’s absolutely fantastic! He’s one of my favorite artists, and I’d been wondering when he’d be doing something new.

    Andrew — June 3, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  • WOW!!! Is what first crossed my mind. Second, if he never sang a note I would have thought it was Jeff Buckley. The heart is there behind his guitar. Love him! Great site Heather!

    Kelly — June 3, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  • Oh, great news! I can’t wait for his new album.

    Liz — June 3, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

  • Very exciting, and I’m equally surprised/intrigued by that “Meg White” song title…

    LBDG — June 3, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

  • really? Meg White? That’s news to me

    Asian Kid A — June 3, 2008 @ 7:19 pm

  • Awesome news. He played “Let it Be Me” and “Winter Birds” in Northampton last week. Both made me very excited for the album. Where did you get the recording of “Let It Be Me”? Do you have the whole show?

    Ryan — June 3, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  • I discovered him thanks to Pandora and fell instantly in love. I can’t wait to hear the new album.

    Pouncer — June 4, 2008 @ 7:33 am

  • Why did he cancel Rothbury and others shows? Glad i didn;t spend money to go to that! Thanks for the songs. I really wish you still had the freedom to ciculate his early boots.

    GFon0834 — June 4, 2008 @ 11:20 am

  • Kevin – not sure what you mean? I got the info from a press release sent to me by his press people? I’ve now linked to the YouTube video where I ripped the audio from, if that is what you are referring to…

    heather — June 4, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

  • Glad to hear, now am anxiously looking forward to hear the new stuff.

    Stephen Kuykendall — June 4, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  • Hey Heather stop by the Ray Forum we have the full set of his latest gig in May. Great recording of Let It Be Me and Winter Birds. http://acreofland.suddenlaunch3.com/index.cgi

    Can’t wait for the new album.

    Trini — June 8, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

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