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Ray Lamontagne - "Trouble" (video)

Elena Mertus

Serendipity introduced me to Ray LaMontagne. I decided to just randomly download one of his songs, and after hearing his one song "Trouble", I decided to download every song that he has written. His voice, is rough, yet soothing.. .a sultry juxtaposition. His influences are Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, just to name a few. LaMontagne's words aren't as complex and lyrical as Bob Dylan's, but his acoustic, folk-inspired style brings you back to a different era in music. I wouldn't recommend driving to his music, but put this music on when you are having a late night and you will be instantly relaxed, and find yourself surrendering into a dreamworld.

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