Ray LaMontagne has set his first North American tour in support of his new album, “Gossip In The Grain,” due out October 14 on...

Ray LaMontagne has set his first North American tour in support of his new album, “Gossip In The Grain,” due out October 14 on RCA Records. The six-week, 28-date fall trek starts on September 30 in Indianapolis, IN and wraps on November 9 in Seattle, WA.

The album was initially scheduled for an earlier release date but LaMontagne, struck by inspiration, went back into the studio last week to record additional material. Recorded in Box, England with returning producer Ethan Johns, touches upon a range of styles and musical settings, it spans pastoral folk, railroad blues, front porch country, and plangent balladry.

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). Along with his band members, LaMontagne is also joined on two tracks – “A Falling Through” and “I Still Care For You” – by singer/songwriter Leona Naess.

Naess will be the opener for the entire tour and is touring in support of her new album “Thirteens” due out on September 23.

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Ray LaMontagne with Leona Naess itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

September 30Murat TheatreIndianapolis, IN
October 1Chicago TheatreChicago, IL
October 3Union TheatreMadison, WI
October 4State TheatreMinneapolis, MN
October 6Royal Oak Music TheatreRoyal Oak, MI
October 7Queen Elizabeth TheatreToronto, ON
October 9Opera HouseBoston, MA
October 10Opera HouseBoston, MA
October 11Radio City Music HallNew York, NY
October 13Keswick TheatrePhiladelphia, PA
October 14The Strathmore Music CenterWashington, DC
October 16Meymandi Concert HallRaleigh, NC
October 17Bijou TheatreKnoxville, TN
October 18The TabernacleAtlanta, GA
October 19Ryman AuditoriumNashville, TN
October 21Uptown TheatreKansas City, MO
October 23Verizon Wireless TheatreHouston, TX
October 24Majestic TheatreDallas, TX
October 25Paramount TheatreAustin, TX
October 27Macky AuditoriumBoulder, CO
October 28Murray TheatreSalt Lake City, UT
October 30Wiltern TheatreLos Angeles, CA
November 1Spreckels TheatreSan Diego, CA
November 3Paramount TheatreOakland, CA
November 5Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallPortland, OR
November 6McDonald TheatreEugene, OR
November 8Vogue TheatreVancouver, BC
November 9Marion Oliver McCaw HallSeattle, WA

Last Updated on August 1, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen