Concert Reports


Ray LaMontagne

The Belle Brigade

10/18/2014, Santa Barbara Bowl

Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne brought his Supernova Fall Tour to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, October 18. The Belle Brigade returned to support Ray on this Beautful evening to a near-capacity crowd. 


All Photos: Steve Kennedy         


Ray is touring in support of his 5th studio album Supernova which was produced by Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and recorded in Nashville, TN. The album was released via RCA Records on April 29th, 2014 and was praised by critics across the board. NPR called the album “explosively creative” while Rolling Stone explained that the “Singer-songwriter’s vision bursts into vivid Sixties-pop color…” LaMontagne released his latest single, “Supernova” in February 2014 which became one of his fastest growing singles at AAA radio, with the song rocketing into the top 5 within two weeks of impact.  


“LaMontagne's voice remains a marvel, quiet and reflective one minute and forceful and impassioned the next. It really is an amazing instrument,” raved the Boston Herald after a tour stop at Boston’s Pavilion this past May.



Ray LaMontagne has released 5 studio albums (Supernova, Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain and God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise). Ray’s 2010 album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise won the Grammy for Best Folk Album and was nominated in the coveted Song of The Year category for “Beg Steal or Borrow.”



Ten years ago Ray LaMontagne released his first album, TROUBLE, the gold-certified start to a fiercely ambitious, Grammy Award-winning, critically praised career that’s encompassed three more albums, several EPs, a slew of soundtrack compilations and arresting live performances fronting a variety of ensembles.  

“It certainly feels like some time has passed,” LaMontagne says now. “But I have to say, boy, time flies…” And LaMontagne is still having fun all these years later — and with his fifth album, SUPERNOVA, maybe more fun than ever.


All Photos: Steve Kennedy 


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