Earlier this month, our friends at TwentyFourBit gave us the good word that Ray LaMontagne’s upcoming fourth LP had a title, release date, and all that other jazz that makes us act the fool where new music is concerned. For this effort, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise (God, I love that saying), LaMontagne decided to roll solo without the help of longtime producer-buddy, Ethan Johns.
Recorded in the Massachusetts woods, with the help of his backing band (now with the official name, Pariah Dogs), good ol’ Ray brings us the Jam of the Day, “Beg Steal Or Borrow,” the first track available to stream off the forthcoming album.
“Beg Steal Or Borrow” shows off LaMontagne’s storytelling chops, which is an avenue I would love for him to explore more. His singer-songwriter roots are ripe for spinning smalltown tales of joy and tragedy.
God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise comes out August 17th on RCA.