Ray LaMontagne

On November 20, 2012, in press, by True Feel

Last night, we headed over to the Wellmont Theatre, in Montclair,  to catch a sold out show of Ray Lamontagne.

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We’ve all been real big fans of Ray for a long time now, but have never able to catch a show because of consistently bad timing. We were not only amped for this show but felt honored to be able to share such an intimate venue space, like the Wellmont, with such a massive, raw talent.

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There was no opening act, just a simple setup. Ray, himself, doesn’t need an introduction. (I mean, the guy single-handedly sells out venues within hours…)  We came for one reason, and one reason alone…the man himself. (Yes, we’re fawning a bit, sue us!)

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“Solo acoustic evening” that it was, Ray just played his songs and told his stories, accompanied only by his jack-of-all-trades instruments, Zack Hickman on bass, organ, ukelele, and whatever else the song called for. (In short, he’s a humble guy, born and raised in Maine…with over a million dollars in the bank and spending a majority of his time in his home without running water…that he built himself!) He’s a prime example of living the simple life and doing only what he loves.

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Having been to dozens of concerts/shows, we  weren’t sure how tough it would be to rank this one against the rest. Once the show ended, it wasn’t a difficult conclusion to draw: This was easily one of the best live performances we had ever witnessed. (And to think, he didn’t need anything more than a few spotlights and his own talent…no light show, no lasers, no smoke…just his voice and his guitar.)

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To avoid (or stop, depending on how you read this article) sounding like a teenage girl fawning over Bieber, we’ll give Ray some much due respect and simply say this: That was one hell of a show. Well played, sir.

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