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Live From The Artists Den: Ray Lamontagne And The Pariah Dogs

Airs Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, recorded November 13, 2010 at The Don Strange Ranch, Boerne, Texas, pictured (l to r): Eric Heywood, Carver Clark Gayton, Jay Collins, Steven Bernstein, Kevin Barry, Jay Bellerose, Lydia Rogers, Jennifer Condos (partial), Laura Rogers, and Ray LaMontagne

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN showcases stellar musical performances in extraordinary settings. Each hour-long episode features an intimate, invitation-only concert by cutting-edge musicians. The artists often play a role in picking the venue for these memorable events, which frequently inspire new renditions of songs and special set lists.

This season, six freshly produced episodes feature Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes, Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Robert Plant, Squeeze, and a compilation episode featuring Daniel Merriweather, A Fine Frenzy and Lisa Hannigan.

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, left to right, Greg Leisz, Ray LaMontagne, Jennifer Condos, Jay Bellerose, and Eric Heywood.
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Above: Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, left to right, Greg Leisz, Ray LaMontagne, Jennifer Condos, Jay Bellerose, and Eric Heywood.

Song List

“For The Summer”

“New York City’s Killing Me”

“Beg Steal Or Borrow”

“Repo Man”

“Henry Nearly Killed Me (It’s A Shame)”

“Like Rock & Roll And Radio”

“You Are The Best Thing”

“Trouble”

“Hey Me, Hey Mama”

Born in New Hampshire, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne came to music in one fell swoop: while working in a shoe factory in his 20s, he woke up to the Stephen Stills song “Tree Top Flyer” on the radio and had an epiphany – this was his life’s calling.

Five years later, in 2004, his debut album, "Trouble," was released on RCA to much acclaim, including numerous notable cover versions of its title track.

LaMontagne has built a devoted following ever since, over the course of three more studio albums – including his 2010 release with the Pariah Dogs, "God Willin’ and the Creek Don't Rise," which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Independent, and Folk charts and won the 2011 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

The historic Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas provided a fitting setting for folk troubadour Ray LaMontagne and his band, the Pariah Dogs, on a cool autumn night. Culminating the tour celebrating their latest album, "God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise," the group performed in the ranch’s beautiful Kendall Creek Barn before a crowd of 400 fans who came from all corners of the country to attend.

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Live From The Artists Den: Ray Lamontagne And The Pariah Dogs

Above: The historic Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas provided a fitting setting for folk troubadour Ray LaMontagne and his band, the Pariah Dogs, on a cool autumn night. Culminating the tour celebrating their latest album, "God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise," the group performed in the ranch’s beautiful Kendall Creek Barn before a crowd of 400 fans who came from all corners of the country to attend.

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