Supernova by Ray LaMontagne is the Pick of the Week

The latest from singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne is the Pick Of The Week for New Music Tuesday
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Years ago when Gmail was first coming into its own I started an account with them for the sole purpose of sharing music (actually I created two accounts for that purpose with different people invited to each one, including our own Josh Hathaway.)  Each account had half a dozen people or so with access to it and we'd send that address various songs that we loved. The song would be downloaded by everyone else, discussed, pondered and then those who liked it would go out and buy the album. It was a nice way to broaden our musical horizons without having to drop 15 bucks on a CD we might not like nor be involved in the morally questionable torrenting process.

One of the songs that was shared in one of the groups was Ray LaMontagne's "Jolene."  It is a gorgeous, fragile little track.  I loved it immediately. From there I went out and grabbed his other albums and have been a fan ever since.  

So I'll get excited by this new album, and double excited it was produced by The Black Keys Dan Auerbach and maybe just a touch triple excited it was recorded in Nashville which is just down the road from me.  Then let me make it my Pick of the Week.

Also out this week that looks interesting:  

Phosphorescent Harvest - Chris Robinson:  I've paid little attention to Robinson since he left the Black Crowes, but I always figure I should. I dug his old band and he seems to have slipped into the neo-hippie, folksier, jamband scenes which ought to mean I'll love him.

40:40th Anniversary show Live at the Beacon Theatre - Allman Brothers Band:  I've never been a huge ABB fan.  They no doubt have mad chops and they sure know how to jam, but something about the songs just doesn't sit with me.  Still, they've made it 40 years and that's pretty cool.

Most Messed Up - Old 97s: These guys are the sort of group that if asked about them in conversation I'll say I enjoy while secretly knowing that I can't name a single song of theirs.  I have a lot of friends who love them and I know I've listened to at least one album, but nothing stayed with me when I did.

Indie Cindy - Pixies:  See my thought on the album just above.

Live: Chicago II 9/23/02 - The Who:  I really do dig The Who but I can't say I'm super excited to listen to a concert from a period several decades away from their glory years.

Macroscope - Nels Cline Singers:  Nels makes crazy wild sounds for Wilco and unfettered from Jeff Tweedy's songwriter he makes really far-out crazy wild sounds.  Its an acquired taste for sure, one I've never quite got used to being on my tongue.

Riding Your Way The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music, 1946-1947: Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys:  Wills pretty much invented Western Swing.  He's also famous in my neck of the woods for putting Tulsa on the musical map and keeping the now legendary Cain's Ballroom afloat in the early days.  This 2 disk set features 50 songs recorded for Tiffany Music in the mid-40s that were thought lost for decades.  They've now been found, remastered and are ready for release.

Song in My Head - String Cheese Incident: Live these guys have got it, but I've never enjoyed their studio work.  Maybe this time it will be different.