Man with Lewiston connections nominated for Grammy

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 03, 2010, at 9:59 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — One of the Grammy nominees for song of the year is a New Hampshire native and former shoe-worker in Lewiston, Maine.

Ray LaMontagne’s latest album, August’s “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise,” was received two other nominations including Best Contemporary Folk Album. RCA Records says it debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 and No. 1 on the digital album chart.

The Sun Journal says LaMontagne’s family moved a lot, and he ended up in Lewiston, where he worked in a shoe factory. He later quit the job to begin his music career.

He now lives in western Massachusetts on a farm that once belonged to Norman Mailer. It was there that he recorded the newest album with his band, the Pariah Dogs.

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