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Interview:
Ray LaMontagne at the Fox Theatre, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Ray LaMontagne's fall tour is a bit of the other side of the musical coin for the New Hampshire-based singer-songwriter.



Last year's "Part of the Light" album, the Grammy Award-winner's seven studio album, was a full-band affair and treated as such with the road trip supporting it. This fall, however, he's out with just a single accompanist, playing smaller venues with more intimate arrangements of his songs. It also happens to be the 15-year anniversary of his debut album, "Trouble," which means "LaMontagne" has covered a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time -- with three Top 10 albums and eight AAA Radio singles to show for it.



What comes next is anybody's guess -- including LaMontagne's. But for now he's happy shedding a little more "Light" for his fans...



• It's been 17 months since "Part of the Light" came out, but LaMontagne, 45, says by phone that he hasn't given a great deal of thought to the album as a whole since then. "I just do it because I do it, and you put it out into the world and (the songs) are just going to have their own life. If they make their way into people's lives over 30 years or something they will, and if they don't they won't. I have no control over that. I just put them out there, into the world, and that's it. I usher them out and then move on. I'm always thinking ahead, really. That's just how I am."



• LaMontagne says 15 years of recording "feels more like 20 years -- a long time, another lifetime when I started." Nevertheless, he adds that, "I feel like I've achieved really everything I set out to achieve from a career standpoint. I can make records I want to make, and if I want to do something stripped down I can tour beautiful theaters across the country if not all over the world. And if I want to play with a band I can go out and play the (amphitheaters) and the big rooms as well. I don't know what else I could ask for as a singer-songwriter. The weirdness and craziness of the music business never really affects me 'cause I kind of stand outside of it, on the periphery. It's really pleasant out here."



• There is "another batch of tunes pulling at me," according to LaMontagne, who over the years has learned to be patient in "letting them become what they want to be. But the songs are coming together. The melodies are pulling me back in. I keep going in, checking in on them once in awhile, maybe scratch the surface for a minute and leave it until next time. Then another one will come out and I'll think 'Oh, that's a nice melody. That's gonna go someplace -- I don't know where yet.' When they're ready, I'll know it. I don’t push things."



Ray LaMontagne and Kacy & Clayton perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. $35 and up. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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