Ray LaMontagne is a love-jinxed troubadour, carrying an old soul. According to lore, during a spell working in a Maine shoe factory he was sparked to kick start his music career after hearing the Stephen Stills tune “Treetop Flier” by way of transistor radio. Four long-players on, the singer-songwriter has waxed the dazzling God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise with his gutsy backing band, The Pariah Dogs—Eric Heywood (guitar), Jennifer Condos (bass), Patrick Warren (keyboard), Eric Heywood (pedal steel) Greg Leisz, (pedal steel) and Jay Bellerose (drums).
By album close, LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs are rushing full-throttle - on the brink, hammers down, smoldering thirty-eights drawn. Patients, “The Devil’s in the Jukebox” is an impossible number to keep a lid on – a heavy stepped, no-frills dance escorted by unshakeable harp squalls and LaMontagne’s thirty-six grit sandpaper squawk. The floor boards will rattle.
God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise is out now on RCA Records
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