Live: Ray LaMontagne

Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne got San Diego in deep trouble at the SDSU Open Air Theatre on Oct. 17, with sibling duo Belle Brigade opening.

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Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne crooned to a packed house on Oct. 17 at the SDSU Open Air Theatre.
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The sibling duo Belle Brigade opened the stage and returned to join LaMontagne's set.
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Before setting out on the path of a singer/songwriter, LaMontagne worked in a shoe factory in Maine.
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One morning his alarm clock awakened him, but not in just any old way -- the sound of Stephen Stills' "Treetop Flyer" influenced him to quit his factory job and pick up a guitar.
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He had to sell his VW van to do it though. He used the money from that to buy a Martin guitar.
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He spent his early 20s listening to American mainstays such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the Grateful Dead and the Band.
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LaMontagne made the switch from listening to records to writing his own songs when he was building a cabin and had no electricity to play albums.
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Skipping an EP, LaMontagne went straight for a full-length record, which released in 2004 from RCA.
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RCA had won a bidding war to represent the artist.
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The 10 tracks on that debut LP, "Trouble," garnered critical acclaim across the board, the record having sold half a million copies to date.
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