Ray, Dave, Runaway and More

Ray LaMontagne

Sometimes it’s good to be surprised.  Other times, it’s fun to know what’s coming up.  There’s been a lot of changes going on with me lately and sometimes I wish I could have known things were going to happen before so I could have been ready, or I could have enjoyed them more.  If you feel the same way, read on.  If not and you want to be surprised, well I guess you’ll just have to wait until Saturday.

Ray LaMontagne is a folk artist who grows in people’s interest daily.  That’s not an over-statement.  If you surf over to his website (www.raylamontagne.com) you’ll see all he’s involved in, including a tour with David Gray.  He has 3 albums to his credit and each album spans several different styles, with folk at its base.  This weekend, I’ll be serving up a great selection from his Trouble album titled Shelter that wasn’t as popular as other tracks from the album like Hannah and Burn, but still deserve attention all the same.

Moving on to Dave Matthews.  I’m not much of a guitarist although I do know how to play the basic chords and a few scales.  My instrument is drums.  Being more of a drummer and less of a guitarist leads me to appreciate Dave Matthews even more because I understand the complexity of great guitar work (since I never figured out how to do complex chord progressions and other things).  Dave Matthews is a phenomenal guitarist and even the tracks he writes and performs sans the rest of his band are complicated beyond the normal musician.  But when you throw into the mix the depth and talent that is Carter Beauford (his drummer), you get a whole new dimension of sound.  Carter does things on the drum set that 95% of other drummers dream about.  It’s subtle but it’s there.  I like showing off the depth of this band and I’ll do so with a lesser known track from their recent release Big Whiskey and The GrooGrux King album titled Dive In.

Carter Beauford, drummer for DMB

After DMB I’ll introduce a few new acts including The Statement, based in Beaumont, Tx and featuring my friend Jason Miller.  They have a great sound and you can listen to more of their music at www.myspace.com/thestatement2008.  I also have music from Dido, Mana (one of my all-time favorite bands) and a new artist out of Canada with a brand new album that was just released.  She goes by the name of NikTex and her album The Power of Yang has folk, jazz, and electronica flavorings.  Check it out at www.myspace.com/niktex.

listen to tracks at www.myspace.com/runawaydorothy

And we’ll spend the last portion of the show mixing in some alternative rock from Blindside, Emery, and The Hint with 2 Appetizer artists that I’m good friends with and really enjoy-Runaway Dorothy and Lindsay Katt.  Check out our website for more information on these guys at www.appetizerradio.com.

Hope you take the time to check it out.  Our show airs on Saturdays at 3P on 91.3 KVLU-1 in Beaumont, Saturdays at 9PM on 89.7 KACU in Abilene and Sundays at 7P on 90.5 KTRL.

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Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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