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Ray LaMontagne at The Andrew J Brady Music Center

Photo Cred: Brian Stowell

Ray LaMontagne released "Long Way Home," the title track from his forthcoming, highly anticipated ninth studio album Long Way Home set for release on August 16th!

Ray LaMontagne will stop at The Andrew J Brady Music Center on Friday, October 4th with Gregory Alan Isakov and The Secret Sisters!

“Long Way Home”, the album’s title track, is a somber, bittersweet rumination on times past. LaMontagne sings, “Summertime, summertime / Said goodbye at the garden wall / From the house I can hear my momma callin' / Winter come to us all my friend / Just as every childhood has an end,” as flashes of warm memories float by.

 The previous single, “Step Into Your Power”, was released early this month and is the fastest moving track of LaMontagne’s in the last ten years—this week saw a 15 position rise at radio to #13 at Mediabase Triple A. Accompanied by a stop-motion music video animated by his son Tobias, the foot-tapping, nostalgia-laden track features choral backing vocals from The Secret Sisters. It was praised by Atwood as “a gosh darned groove […] easygoing and uplifting, yet smooth and relaxing.”

The core of Long Way Home reverberates deep into LaMontagne’s youth—at 21 years old, in a small club in Minneapolis, he recalls seeing Townes Van Zandt perform live. A line from “To Live Is To Fly” has stuck with him ever since; Van Zandt sang, “When here you been is good and gone, all you keep is the getting there.

LaMontagne reflects, “Thirty years later it occurs to me that every song on Long Way Home is in one way or another honoring the journey. The languorous days of youth and innocence. The countless battles of adulthood, some won, more often lost. It's been a long hard road, and I wouldn’t change a minute. It took me nine songs to express what Townes managed to say in one line. I guess I still got a lot to learn.”