I’ve mentioned before how much I love Ray LaMontagne and how I would beg, steal or borrow to see him in concert since I missed his last tour through Tampa. Friday night, I was fortunate enough to be given another chance to see Ray along with living legend Levon Helm and The Band for their co-headlining tour.
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs were amazing live, but I prefer him best acoustic with just a steel string guitar and his soulful voice. Allan was very embarrassed by my attempt to record Ray. I was too embarrassed to record more than one song, but I found a video of Ray singing Like Rock & Roll and the Radio. This song gives me goosebumps. His pain in this song sounds so genuine.
Since Ray co-headlined with Levon Helms, Allan and I hoped they would perform The Weight, like they did on Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… and much to our pleasure, they did.
Ray had me tapping along and swaying in my seat and Ruth Eckerd Hall was a perfect venue for his blues/bluegrass infusion. He truly moves me.