In a co-headlining tour, international songwriter David Gray and singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne make a stop at The Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 9:00 p.m.
Both artists are beloved across the globe for their hauntingly beautiful vocals and evocative songs and, as a result, the tour will undoubtedly leave fans counting down the minutes to this must see live experience. During their co-headlining U.S. tour, concert-goers will be treated to both singer-songwriters’ fusion of acoustic tunes and passionate, powerful ballads.
David Gray released several albums with his trademark singer/songwriter style in the early ‘90s before finding a strong core audience. Following several releases and labels, Gray released Sell, Sell, Sell in 1996 before hitting the road and opening for acts such as Radiohead and Dave Matthews Band.
Embracing his independence from record labels, Gray self-financed his fourth album, White Ladder, and released the album on his own IHT Records in 1998 which brought the artist his well-deserved success. Dave Matthews eventually re-released White Ladder under his own ATO Records imprint in 2000 which boosted the album’s success. The single “Babylon” received a positive reception in the States and subsequently peaked at number five on the U.K. charts. White Ladder went on to hit multi-platinum sales.
In 2001, Gray began releasing and reissuing several albums and in 2005, he released Life in Slow Motion which debuted at the top of the charts in both Ireland and the U.K. The singer then went back to older material for 2007’s Shine: The Best of the Early Years and released the career-spanning Greatest Hits the following fall which featured two new tracks.
Gray prepared to work on his eighth studio album, setting up shop in his own studio, the Church Studios. Vocalists Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland joined him on several songs, and the resulting Draw the Line was released in 2009 by Gray’s new label, Polydor Records.
Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne discovered his musical calling while working in a shoe factory in Maine. In the summer of 1999, LaMontagne’s demo led to his signing with Chrysalis Music Publishing which teamed him with producer Ethan Johns. LaMontagne’s debut album Trouble was released and picked up by RCA Records in the fall of 2004. The title song grabbed the attention of critics who eagerly awaited the release of his sophomore album Till the Sun Turns Black (2006) which created a fuller sound for LaMontagne who expanded his musical palette and incorporated more instrumentation.
His much-anticipated third album, Gossip In The Grain (2009) touched upon a range of styles and musical settings described as “pastoral folk, railroad blues, front porch country and plangent balladry.” Gossip In The Grain reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and the album is said to be his most creative and emotionally expansive collection to date.
This event is presented by Andrew Hewitt and Live Nation. The Pearl Box Office is open from noon – 7:00 p.m. daily. Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. and show time is 9:00 p.m. The Pearl is sponsored by Citi; for more information on upcoming concerts, please call 702-942-6888.