Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs is an American band, marking the first time that American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has released music in collaboration with other artists within the context of a band.  Their debut album, “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise” was released in 2010.  Nominated for two Grammy awards, the album won the award for best contemporary folk album.  The song “Beg Steal or Borrow” was nominated for Song of the Year.  The band includes Eric Heywood and Greg Leisz on guitars, Jennifer Condos on bass, and Jay Bellerose on drums.  They have been working as LaMontagne’s touring band for some time.

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Live on Letterman

These takes of the band is like they were in the studio which is just amazing for a live performance, nothing but talent.

“There’s something magical that happens when these musicians play together,” says Ray LaMontagne. “ I’ve been wanting to capture what we’ve been doing live for a while.  The chemistry is really special.”

LaMontagne was inspired to quit his job and begin a career as a singer-songwriter after listening to Stephen Stills’ album  Manassas.  LaMontagne began performing in 1999, while maintaining a part-time job as a tutor.  In the summer of 1999, he recorded 10 songs for a demo album that was sent to various local music venues including Maine’s Oddfellow Theater, where he was hired as an opening act for John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards.  A business executive introduced LaMontagne to Chrysalis Music Publishing and they recorded an album and sold it to RCA Records in the USA and Echo Records in the UK.

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Henry Nearly Killed Me

Wow,  Ray has a style of Joe Cocker with that raspy voice and dipping action while singing.  Seems like his music has been around since the 70s which tells by what he was influenced by,  yes sir Ray you are of the heart land good old U.S.A.

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