Grammy-winner Lamontagne to play Bangor Waterfront in May

Posted Feb. 22, 2011, at 1:13 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 22, 2011, at 8:38 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Waterfront Concert promoters announced on Tuesday that the next concert in the series will be former Maine resident Ray LaMontagne and his band the Pariah Dogs, scheduled for Thursday, May 26. Brandi Carlisle and the Secret Sisters will open. Tickets will go on sale on March 5.

LaMontagne is fresh off a Grammy win for Best Contemporary Folk Album for “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise.” The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 and No. 1 on the Digital Album chart. This marked a personal sales best for LaMontagne and tied his debut chart position at No. 3 with his 2008 release “Gossip in the Grain.”

The 38-year-old singer-songwriter, known for his raspy, emotional voice and thoughtful songs, was born in Nashua, N.H., grew up in Utah, and after high school moved to Lewiston, where he worked in a shoe factory.

He began writing songs in the late 1990s, after he was inspired by hearing Stephen Stills’ song “Treetop Flyer” on the radio. After a few demos and EPs, he released his major-label debut “Trouble” in 2004, which went Gold in the United States, boosted by popular singles “Trouble” and “Hold You In My Arms.” Later albums include 2006’s “‘Til the Sun Turns Black,” 2008’s “Gossip in the Grain,” and “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” in 2010.

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