Grammy award-winning Ray LaMontagne rarely gives interviews—he lets his music speak for itself.
With an approach to songwriting styled after Otis Redding, Van Morrison, and Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne is an evolutionary artist. He concedes to a brooding persona in his early years that has given way to personal exploration. His latest album, Ouroboros, is laden with warm vocals and what reviewers have found to be a hazy production approach. The album is a consequence of what LaMontagne calls an ongoing “Velvet Underground phase.”
The 43-year-old singer-songwriter is also fiercely private, but spoke to Vegas in advance of his September 16 concert at The Palms. “I had a real self-criticism streak that was really harsh when I was younger,” he says. “It drove me to be a better songwriter, achieve more and reach a bigger audience… but now I just approach my writing from a place of joy. I’m lucky to do it, and I’m more of a mellow dude than I used to be.” He’ll admit that he doesn’t quite get the Vegas vibe when he visits.
“I sometimes want to yell at everybody and tell them to stop putting money into those machines,” he laughs. “But having said that, I am sure there are probably lovely neighborhoods and lovely people that I don’t see when I come in and hit it and split it. There are a lot of places like that. LA is like that, too, so I am open-minded.” The Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms