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Ray LaMontagne announces February tour (2009)

Gossip In The Grain

Story by Jack Foley

RAY LaMontagne has announced an 11-date headline tour of the UK through February 2009, commencing at the Opera House in York on February 7 and including London’s Barbican on February 15.

The news follows the UK release of LaMontagne’s highly anticipated third album Gossip In The Grain on October 13.

To coincide with the tour, the album’s opening track You Are The Best Thing will be given a full single release on February 23, 2009.

The tour dates are (all February 2009):

7 – York Opera House
8 – Manchester Lowry
9 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
11 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
12 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
13 – Gateshead The Sage
15 – London Barbican
17 – Southampton Guildhall
19 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
20 – Brighton Dome
21 – Bristol Colston Hall

Recorded with returning producer, Ethan Johns in Box, England, and touching upon a range of styles and musical settings Gossip In The Grain is LaMontagne’s most creative and emotionally expansive collection to date.

Whereas LaMontagne’s two previous albums, Trouble and Till The Sun Turns Black, were largely solo affairs, with Johns serving as multi-tasking instrumentalist, Gossip In The Grain sees him joined by members of his touring band, bassist Jennifer Condos and guitarist Eric Heywood (with Johns largely handling drum duties).

Read our review of the album