Ray LaMontagne announces 2009 dates

 Ray LaMontagne announced his first North American tour dates of 2009 today starting April 2 at the Wellmont in Montclair, NJ  and ending April 30 in Miami at the Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason. The tour is LaMontagne’s second in support of his latest album Gossip In The Grain which achieved the Maine singer-songwriter’s highest chart number debuting at #3 on Billboard Charts its week of release. The album was a huge digital sensation being the top selling album on iTunes that first week.

Fans will also be given the opportunity to buy front row seats and support charity through Tickets-for-Charity®.  A portion of each package purchased through their website will automatically benefit The National Children’s Cancer Society, while purchasers will be able to donate further proceeds to a wide variety of other charities.

Concert goers will be treated to a different show than they have seen in past years. Spin remarked in a review of a Radio City Music Hall show wrote that the, "…laughter, both by LaMontagne and the audience — was something new. His fresh style showcased both on his new album and in the performance Saturday, illustrated a near flawless transition from a front porch in Maine to the front of the most prestigious stage in the world."

 Rolling Stone raved about the album and especially LaMontagne’s voice saying in the review it was "full of the warm yearning of a young Van Morrison…"

Most reviews remarked on a more upbeat attitude and a new looser even more soulful sound than previous releases. That sound is epitomized on the Stax inspired horn-led first single, "You Are The Best Thing."

Opening the shows will be Low Anthem April 2-15 with Jessica Lea Mayfield opening the shows April 17-30.

April 2               Montclair, NJ                       Wellmont Theatre

April 3              Pittsburgh, PA                        Palace Theater

April 4              Philadelphia, PA                    Tower Theater

April 6              Albany, NY                                The Egg

April 7              Northampton, MA                 Calvin Theatre

April 8              New Haven, CT                   Schubert Theater

April 11            Portland, ME                        Merrill Auditorium

April 12            Burlington, VT                 Flynn Center For The Performing Arts

April 14            Montreal, QUE                        Metropolis

April 15            Toronto, ONT                        Massey Hall

April 17            Cleveland, OH                      State Theatre

April 18            Cincinnati, OH                      Taft Theatre

April 19            Ann Arbor, MI                        Michigan Theatre

April 21            Milwaukee, WI                      Riverside Theater

April 22            St. Louis, MO                        Pageant Theater

April 24            Asheville, NC                        Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

April 25            Louisville, KY                        Brown Theater

April 27            Birmingham, AL                  Alabama Theatre

April 28            Jacksonville, FL                  Florida Theatre

April 29            Tampa, FL                          Tampa Theatre

April 30            Miami, FL                          Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason