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Ray LaMontagne brings album promo tour to REH
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Ray LaMontagne plays Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday, July 10.
CLEARWATER - Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne hits the road in support of his fifth studio album Supernova, which was released earlier this year via RCA Records. The tour makes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, July 10, at 7:45 p.m.

In addition to special guest Jenny Lewis, The Belle Brigade will also perform. Doors open at 7 pm. A limited number of tickets are still available.

LaMontagne has released four studio albums, Trouble,Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain and God WIllin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise. His most recent critically acclaimed, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise released in 2010 debuted at No. 3 with Gossip in the Grain. God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise garnered three GRAMMY Award nominations including the coveted Song of The Year category for Beg Steal or Borrow and won Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. The first single off the album, Beg Steal or Borrow became Ray’s first No. 1.

According to his website, www.raylamontagne.com, his newest album, Supernova, has a "spirited bonhomme and a rocking, technicolor-tinged energy" that different from his first four albums.

The title track and first single is a "grooving, Nuggets-style burst of neo-psychedelia in which LaMontagne’s high register sounds hoarse with pleasure over the explosive power of love. “She’s the One” is a bold, punchy, swirling rocker, while “Lavender,” “Julia” and “Smashing” are soaked in lava lamp melodies and day-glo grooves. LaMontagne and the crack band Auerbach assembled for the SUPERNOVA lay back into rustic, rootsy territory during “Ojai” and “Drive-in Movies,” while “Airwaves” rides a light samba rhythm and “No Other Way” is a love ballad replete with trippy images. And “Pick Up a Gun” is Supernova’s noir epic, from its martial cadence to its airy ambience and lush keyboard textures."

LaMontagne said he is looking forward to his latest tour and "giving Supernova's songs an airing on stage" with his new band.

“They give me a chance to play more electric guitar, which I love to do,” LaMontagne said. “But I’ve always had such good players on stage, and so many of my songs are keyed into what I’m doing on the acoustic guitar. So I’m really looking forward to being able to set the acoustic down for half the set, finally. That will be a nice feeling.”

Tickets are priced at $63.25 and $53.25 and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727-791-7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. Pre-show dining is also available. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to show time.
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