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Hello Tolucan Times readers,

Ray LaMontagne.

I am overwhelmed with excitement to introduce you to our new music column “True Music.” My name is Carlos Roberto; I am a music promoter, music photographer and now an enthusiastic music writer. My mission statement is to be the middle man between the artist and the fans. I aim to bridge this gap with compelling music reviews, music news and photographs that provides ardent supporters with a glimpse of their favorite musicians at work. “We are powered by the passions of fans.”

“But everything I have to give, I’ll give to you” — Ray LaMontagne

The raspy voice arrests your attention. The song draws you in. Then those lyrics touch your heart and make you ask anyone within earshot “Who is this?” This is Ray LaMontagne, New Hampshire, 1973, American born singer/songwriter. His voice is unmistakable — his talent undeniable.

Ray has released five albums and his latest, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, was nominated for three Grammy Awards and won for Best Contemporary Folk Album that features the charming music and honest lyrics that have resonated with critics and fans since his RCA Records debut in 2004 with his hit “Trouble”.

His fan base grows with each release and that’s because of the quality each album contains. Ray puts his heart and soul into each song and God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise also marks the first time that he’s taken on the role of producer. It’s all part of the evolution of this brilliant talent. Play one of his records and you’ll fall under his spell. Attend one of his performances and you will fall in love.

Catch Ray on tour throughout the summer here in California: Sept. 9—10 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles; Sept. 11 at the Santa Barbara Bowl; and Sept. 13 at San Diego Copley Symphony Hall. For more information, visit www.raylamontagne.com.

“Without music life would be a mistake” – Nietzsche

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