This week, we’re revisiting a recently released album, chock full of good stuff:
We were initially fooled a little bit by the song “Beg, Steal or Borrow” by Ray LaMontagne, when it came to us a few weeks ago. The song itself appeared to be something of an homage to Neil Young’s Harvest period material, sounding as if it wasn’t newly recorded, but newly excavated, like it had been dropped onto a reel of tape sometime in 1972 and vaulted away, never expecting to be heard again. Now that we have the new album by Ray, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, in hand, we can report that although a couple of songs do skew to that dynamic (the aforementioned single and the song “For the Summer”), the album as a whole is a lot broader, with Ray and the band of all-stars (including session ace Greg Leisz on pedal steel and drummer Jay Bellerose, known for his work on the Plant/Krauss album Raising Sand) going wherever their muse is taking them. Prime example is the lead-off cut “Repo Man” — not a salute to the eighties film, but instead something a little more jam-bandy than we have been accustomed to, at least from Ray on his prior major-label albums.
Join us as we dig once more into Ray LaMontagne’s new album – number three on the charts, no less, thanks to you – this week on WTTS OverEasy.