At this point, former shoe factory worker Ray LaMontagne
has solidified his spot in the canon of great American songwriters, a place he probably never thought he would find himself after first picking up a guitar with a penchant for bluesy folk and a loose idea of how to sing. His live EP, Live - Fall 2010
, even just in name, captures a bit of the simple honesty that makes Americana twang a bit more sympathetic even with the adventurous ear of 2010. LaMontagne spins a new mythology in the genre. His songs, from the now-standard melody of "Trouble" to the tunes found here, all feel too timeless, too real to be a product of the world we live in today, but that's part of the magic.