Ray LaMontagne Talks North American Tours with David Gray and Levon Helm, Streams New Album on Exclaim.ca

Ray LaMontagne Talks North American Tours with David Gray and Levon Helm, Streams New Album on Exclaim.ca
Acclaimed troubadour Ray LaMontagne is launching his latest album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise this month with a co-headlining tour with British singer-songwriter David Gray. Gray's new album, Foundling, will be released August 17, the same day as LaMontagne's.

LaMontagne recently told Exclaim! that, while he's not too keen on co-headlining bills, he feels the combo with Gray will give people their money's worth. "We opened for [Gray] years ago, I think after our second record," LaMontagne says. "I've never felt that fans really want to spend more money to see two shows when they can spend a little less to just see you. But in this case we were all hopeful that the fans of each of us would be into it. Judging by how ticket sales have been going, that appears to be the case. I'm excited about it just because I'm a fan of David's. I think he's amazing."

So far, there's only one Canadian stop, at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on August 27. However, intrepid fans might want to hold out until November when LaMontagne has a handful of dates slated with roots rock legend Levon Helm.

"That will be a special co-billed tour, very short, on the East coast," LaMontagne says. "I met Levon for the first time when we were both on Elvis Costello's TV show, and then I played at his 70th birthday bash up at Mountain Jam. After that we started putting this tour together, some select places, and it's something we're all obviously very excited about doing."

So far, only one date of that tour has been announced on November 12 in Austin, TX. So stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, you can see LaMontagne's full list of tour dates here. Also, starting Tuesday (August 10), God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise, which is being released by RCA Records, will be streaming all week on Exclaim.ca. Simply click here to check out the full-album stream.